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CHILDREN SUPPORT SERVICES

Many children and young people who grow up in a home where domestic abuse takes place are at risk of either being physically harmed themselves or where they witness the abuse are at risk of emotional harm. Nearly 2 in 3 children (62%) exposed to domestic abuse were also directly harmed; Safelives

 

Signs that domestic abuse may have impacted a child:

  • Poor concentration

  • Aggression, hyperactivity and/or disobedience

  • Disturbed sleep and/or nightmares

  • Being withdrawn or showing signs of low self-esteem

  • Showing no emotion ('spaced out')

  • Always on edge and/or being wary

  • Fantasise about normal home life

  • Pessimism about the future

  • Physical symptoms 

Signs that domestic abuse may have impacted a young person:

  • Poor self-image

  • Eating disorders

  • Low academic achievement

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Being withdrawn

  • Being subjected to abuse by a parent/carer

  • Taking on a caretaker role prematurely - trying to protect their mother

  • Poorly developed communication skills

  • Parent-child conflict

  • Entering into a marriage or relationship early to escape the abusive family home

  • Embarrassed about family

  • Feeling ashamed

  • Running away from home

  • Feeling isolated from others

  • Violent outbursts

  • Participating in dangerous risk-taking behaviours to impress peers

  • Alcohol and substance abuse

  • Difficulty communicating feelings

  • Nightmares

  • Experiencing abuse in their own dating relationships

  • Physical injuries when they try to intervene to protect their mother

  • Thoughts of, or actual suicide attempts

  • Dropping out of school

  • Low self-esteem

  • Staying away from home

  • Leaving home early

What Kiran does:

We offer a unique and bespoke 'Children and Young People’s Programme'.

We will devise a bespoke programme based upon the knowledge and experience gained over many years since Kiran's inception. Our children's support worker will specifically consider the issues which primarily impact young people and children from certain cultures and backgrounds. 

The aim of our children’s support worker, with the full involvement of the young person or child, is to provide the appropriate support and resources to empower the young person or child to move forward confidently and to look positively at their future.

Our work with young people and children will include one to one support, workshops, daily activities and counselling support which will be specifically devised to meet the needs of each person.  We will always work closely with the family as required, in order to provide the best service and support that each child needs.

Our out-reach service is accessible to male and female children and young people up to the age of 18. We regularly provide workshops in schools and youth centres.  At these sessions, young people will find support and guidance on a range of topics.

Kiran offers tailor-made sessions to organisations upon request.  These will include workshops for children and young people covering various topics including FGM, relationships, honour-based abuse, on-line safety, dealing with exam stress to name a few. 

Please contact us if you are interested in Kiran running a child and young person based workshop for your organisation.

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FAQs

My passport has expired, can I still make an immigration application ? 

Yes.

I do not have my documentation, can I still apply?

Yes.

My husband has never physically been violent to me. It’ is only mental stress. I don’t think I can apply?

Yes you can but contact us to discuss further.

I don’t think I have a visa anymore because my husband refused to apply to extend it for me. Can I still apply? 

Contact us to discuss further.

KIRAN HELPLINE - CALL US NOW ON 020 8558 1986

Phone lines are open Monday - Friday : 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL THE POLICE ON 999

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How we've helped

Saadiya

“Saadiya came to our refuge with her son, after fleeing domestic abuse from her husband. She came to the UK in 2016 on a spousal visa and obtained indefinite leave to remain under destitute domestic violence with the help of Kiran Support Services. Saadiya's husband treated her like a slave having to do all the household chores. She was verbally, physically, emotionally and financially abused by her husband. He didn't allow Saadiya to go anywhere and to have contact with her family. She suffered a lot of physical. Emotional and financial abuse at the hand of her husband and In-laws. However finally after speaking to someone at her sons’s nursery she gets the courage to contact police who referred her to Kiran Support Services where she was offered temporary accommodation and support.

Saadiya received one-to-one and practical support from refuge staff to claim welfare benefits and attended life skills courses. She was referred to attend counselling.  She was supported to make informed choices about her future and slowly she became more positive about life and started gaining her confidence back.  She received help in applying to the borough of choice to make a homelessness application and further received re-settlement support. Saadiya has now gained a paid employment and living a stress and abuse free life with her son in a borough of her choice. “

Iram

I had just turned 18 years old and was new to the country, I could not speak much English and I feared for my life, when I ran out of my family home with just my passport to the nearest police station.


I was then referred to KSS by my social worker. The refuge support worker understood my situation and did not judge me when I told her my dad was forcing me to marry my first cousin back home. I felt heard and believed not just by my support worker but also my counsellor. 
 

When I first arrived in the refuge I felt alone, depressed and scared, but with the support from KSS and my case worker I was not just provided a safe place to sleep but was emotionally supported through counselling and one to one sessions.  


I was also worried about money as I could not apply for benefits, however KSS financially supported me in buying food and clothes as I had nothing while my immigration fought my case. 
My caseworker helped me enrol onto a training scheme which led to employment and this boosted my self- esteem and confidence. I also felt safe as I was supported in getting a Forced Marriage Protection order against my dad. If it wasn’t for KSS I would probably be stuck in a forced marriage. KSS changed my life. "
 

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