Barnardos Dunedin offers a range of services under our Child and Family Services project including Domestic Violence Programmes, Children's Contact, Family Support and Parent Education.
At Barnardos we believe Ko Nga Tamariki I Te Tuatahi/Children Come First
Our Footsteps to Feeling Safe programme is a special programme for children and young people 5 years and upwards. The programme helps children work through the impacts of family violence and also looks at how children can keep themselves safe.
The Programme covers:
Breaking the secrecy surrounding family violence
Safety planning for children
The effects of separation and loss
Expressing feelings effectively
The Programme uses a mixture of play, creative activities and discussion with the children to help them make sense of the events in their lives and to rebuild self-esteem so that they can face the future with confidence.
Footsteps to Feeling Safe is a Child, Youth and Family and Ministry of Justice Approved programme. We offer mandated (protected persons) and non-mandated (non-protected persons) programmes to children. Programmes are run for individuals, siblings and groups - we work with children and their parents to identify what suits the needs of each child.
Below is a sample of comments and feedback from the Footsteps to Feeling Safe Programme from children and their parents:
After initial child intake assessment:
Caregiver comment - "*** was like different boy after your visit - even his older sisters noticed and commented - he became very polite and helpful after being angry and disruptive a lot lately"
Child's feedback after first session:
"9 yr old boy - I was feeling nervous but now I feel happy"
11 yr old girl - "I feel safe"
"**** really enjoys this programme - seems to have more self esteem since he started"
"I am very happy with the children's outcomes and bringing more confidence into the home - thank you".
Our Family Support Service offers in home child focused support with varied issues families may be facing. Together with families our support worker identifies strengths and challenges and develop workable plans to improve family relationships and reduce the many stresses that children and parents may be facing.
The Children's Contact Service provides a child focused centre based supervised contact service for children and non-custodial parents, this includes a change-over service. The service in an independent and neutral service with trained staff who do not become involved with Family Court Proceedings unless requested to by the Court.
Our parent education groups include Conscious Parenting - a six session programme which covers strengthening relationships, communication, improving self-awareness and positive parenting strategies.
Additionally our Parenting Through Separation programme helps parents focus on the needs of their children - providing useful information for parents who are separating.
Our Barnardos KidStart project provides home-based care and learning for children from birth to five years in the welcoming and safe home of a trained KidStart Educator with the support of Visiting Teachers.