Leapfrog ProjectInvolve Northwest

The Leapfrog Scheme is a programme for children, aged 5-10 years old, who have witnessed or experienced domestic abuse within the family unit. The scheme provides a safe and neutral place for children to talk about their experiences with the support of the Domestic Abuse Support Workers. We provide snacks for the younger children as well as arts and crafts equipment that are used throughout the programme to say for example, draw or paint their feelings of what they have experienced and how it made them sad.

 

The aims of the programme are to help children: LEAP

Let children be “children” again

Encouragement towards understanding what healthy and unhealthy relationships are

Awareness of past experiences and subsequent behavioural issues that have occurred as a result of witnessing such experiences

Prevent and break the cycle of domestic abuse for future generations

Official Merseyside Police figures showed officers responded to 6,893 calls of domestic abuse in Wirral in 2014, and there have been five domestic abuse murders in Wirral since 2012. This will undoubtedly have a profound effect on children and young people who witness these harrowing scenes on their mothers and indeed physical / psychological effects on the children themselves. This has potentially long term effects on children and, at present, the Leapfrog scheme is the only established scheme on the Wirral to allow them to cope with what they have witnessed / experienced.

For more information on the Leapfrog Program, please call:

07415402820 Lisa Briard – for Leapfrog Children (ages 5 to 10) and Mums

Alternatively, if you would like to download a copy of the Leapfrog Referral Form, click here.

Jennie McLaren

Mum’s Domestic Abuse Support Worker

Jennie has worked on the Leapfrog program since January 2015 as a Domestic Abuse Support Worker for Mums. She finds the job thoroughly rewarding, especially when taking the time to get to know the mums and seeing them grow in confidence. Jennie has a post-graduate degree in Youth and Community Work.

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Lisa Briard

Mum’s Domestic Abuse Support Worker

Lisa is a Domestic Abuse Support Worker for Mums on the Leapfrog project.

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Patrice Watson

Project Co-ordinator

Patrice Watson has worked for Involve Northwest for just over a year. She has worked in the field of domestic abuse for nearly ten years. She has excellent knowledge and understanding of not only the impact it has on individuals, but also the complexity of problems that arise from it.

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