Lewisham Children & Family Centre

Children Overcoming Domestic Abuse (CODA) programme returns to in person courses!

After 14 months of online delivery, we have now returned to delivering the Children Overcoming Domestic Abuse (CODA) programme in person!
This means that we are now accepting referrals for children of all ages under the age of eleven years.
Not only have we returned to delivering in person, we are very excited to announce that we will also be piloting the programme to those children under the age of four years in early 2022!

Do you know a child who has experienced domestic abuse?

The Children Overcoming Domestic Abuse Programme works with children and mothers who have experienced domestic abuse.

This 12 week programme runs termly and works with 4 to 11 year olds in age appropriate groups with each session lasting 2 hours.

Running simultaneously for mother and child, the groups aim to:

Children’s Groups

  • Help to begin the healing process
  • Allow children to share their experiences
  • Explore ways of expressing their feelings safely
  • Look at coping strategies for the future
  • Reduce self-blame
  • Produce an age appropriate safety plan for the child
  • Help to strengthen the mother and child bond

Mother’s Groups

  • Increase understanding of how to help their child recover
  • Provide an opportunity to meet other women with similar experiences and share their feelings
  • Explore the impact their experiences may have had on their children
  • Find ways to heal the past and look to the future
  • Help to strengthen the mother/child bond
For more information on the programme’s aims and objectives, please refer to the image below and for more detailed information on the programme’s eligibility criteria, please download this PDF.
If you would like to submit a referral please complete our online referral form by clicking here.
If anyone would like to discuss the programme further, please contact Lou Neville-Ball via lou.neville-ball@eyalliance.org.uk
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