6 session feelings programme for children affected by domestic abuse

Children Services
Domestic Abuse
Domestic Abuse
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Posted: 03 September 2018

The following is a 6 session Feelings Programme, it details activities which can be completed with a child or young person who has lived with domestic abuse which may have impaired their ability to understand emotional situations and respond appropriately. They may not be able to control their emotions, therefore allowing emotions to control them and their behaviour.

It includes the key messages that run through all of the work that should be given to the child or young person and reinforced throughout the programme and beyond. Most sessions detailed run for approximately 60 minutes, in some sessions there may be extra activities listed for you to choose from. This can be linked to the Feelings Resource Pack for interchangeable activities where needed


  • To increase children’s recognition of their feelings (including physical/somatic sensations)
  • To increase children’s vocabulary and ability to explain their feelings
  • To validate feelings, and help children to understand that it’s okay to have different and/or very strong feelings  
  • To give helpful strategies to express feelings in ways that are safe

Work around feelings and emotional intelligence is an important aspect of work with children and young people who have been affected by abuse or violence. Emotional intelligence is the capacity of individuals to recognize their own, and other people's emotions, to discriminate between different feelings and label them appropriately, and to use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour.

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