The TLC Kidz Project is a community coordinated response for children and mothers in recovery from domestic violence and abuse. The TLC Kidz Project seeks to create a common vision and shared responsibility among services in supporting the recovery of children who have experienced domestic abuse
The TLC Kidz Project was established to raise awareness of the impact of domestic violence on children, to provide a coordinated inter-agency response, to upskill professionals and to support children in their recovery.
At the core of this project, is an evidence informed 12-week, psycho-educational, group programme is for children (5 - 18 years) and their mothers recovering from domestic abuse. Child and mother groups are run concurrently.
The TLC KIDZ programme is an early intervention approach for children and young people who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. This is because early intervention is about reducing risk, increasing safety and wellbeing, and mitigating the long-term effects of domestic abuse on health and wellbeing, education, relationships and development.
The programme helps children heal from the impact of domestic abuse, and helps mothers in understanding their child’s experiences and support their recovery.
It also aims to:
- Empower children to share their experiences, to have their voices heard, to be believed and to feel validated.
- Support children and young people and their mothers in recovering from their experiences by focusing on strengthening the mother child bond.
- Raise awareness among local agencies within the wider community of the impact of gender based violence and abuse on children and families
The Guiding Principles of the TLC KIDZ Programme are:
- Women and children should be able to live their lives free of violence and abuse
- The safety and well-being of children and their mothers is of paramount importance when
- offering this service
- Groups should be available to children and their mothers from diverse cultural communities, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered communities and differently abled persons such as hearing impaired, developmentally, or mobility challenged.
- The theoretical underpinning of the group model is based on a feminist framework utilizing a gender-based analysis of violence. Men overwhelmingly perpetrate violence in society. Male privilege and patriarchy exists in society and this creates inequality among people.
- The service provided is nurturing, non-judgmental and well-informed
- Research and evaluation is valued as a means of ensuring an effective, quality service