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New Children and Parenting Support Officer

New Children and Parenting Support Officer

We have recently been awarded funding for a new Children and Young People’s Service. Funding from the Henry Smith Foundation has enabled us to run a new 3 year project. This project nurtures and supports the recovery of Children and Young People who have experienced Domestic Abuse.

The new service is working with children aged between 3-16 years and deliver a range of services including:

  • After School Clubs
  • STAR Programmes
  • 1:1 support
  • Young Persons Recovery Toolkit
  • Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)

This project will run alongside our current Video Interaction Guidance project which works with Parents and Children under the age of 5 whose attachment and bonding may have been affected by Domestic Abuse.

Jenna Gow discusses her new role as a Children and Parenting Support Officer at Port Talbot and Afan Women’ Aid:

“I was lucky enough to join the PTAWA team this April as a Children and Young People and Parenting Support Officer. As part of this role I get to work on the exciting and innovative Video Interactive Guidance (VIG) project. The VIG project works with women who have experienced domestic abuse and who are either pregnant or have children under the age of 5. It aims to enhance and strengthen the attachment bond between a parent and child that may have been affected by domestic abuse. This method, which is backed up by extensive research focuses only on positive interactions and builds on parents existing strengths. To undertake this work PTAWA have provided me with excellent external training and in two years’ time I will hopefully be a qualified VIG Practitioner. The team at PTAWA have made me very welcome and their commitment and enthusiasm for the work they do is inspiring.

Previous to my PTAWA appointment, I have supported and worked with children of all ages in a variety of capacities and have seen the impact Domestic Abuse has had on children. Working for PTAWA has given me a deeper understanding of the conflicts women face and the strength and courage it takes to leave an abusive relationship.

The role is not without its challenges, due to the emotive nature of the work we do there are times when this can be difficult, but there is a very supporting atmosphere amoungst my colleagues and the management who are always available to provide support and guidance based on their extensive experience, I find this to be an invaluable asset in this line of work. The most rewarding part of the job is realising that you are helping a family to make positive changes in their life equipping them with the knowledge, skills and the strength to move forward to a life without fear.

I am thoroughly enjoying my new role and feel that in this short period of time within the organisation my own confidence has grown. I have always been very passionate about the work that I do and feel the VIG Project is a very powerful intervention which will help so many women and children who have been affected by domestic abuse. I am very excited to be part of it.”

For more information on this exciting new project or our current Video Interaction Guidance project please contact our CYP and Parenting Support Officer Jenna on 01369894864 or email JennaG@ptwa.org.uk


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