Involve NorthwestLeapfrog Project
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.