Children and young people

Acorns offers a free and confidential support service for children and young people between the ages of 4 and 18 who have been affected by domestic abuse. We understand that domestic abuse and relationships can be very difficult to talk about. Acorns provides a safe space to make sense of your experiences and support your recovery. Your voice is important and we will work with you to find the best way to help you, recognising that everyone is different.

 We value your rights to:

  • A safe space
  • Confidentiality
  • Be listened to
  • Choice
  • Be treated as an individual
  • Consistency
  • Make a complaint

We can offer different kinds of support including:


Counselling and play therapy

We offer one-to-one person-centred therapy in specially equipped rooms within the Acorns building.

Children & young people’s outreach

One-to-one support in schools and community settings (Eg. Cafe, beach, library). You might also see our team out and about delivering talks and group work.

First Response

Short term practical and emotional support for young people in crisis situations.

Weekly Drop-in

Call in to our confidential drop-in every Monday 4.30pm- 6pm - no appointment necessary


How can I get help from Acorns?

  • If you are 16-18 you can refer yourself for any of the Acorns services
  • If you are under 16 you will need support from a parent or carer who can contact Acorns on your behalf. Alternatively you can ask a worker you trust, such as a teacher, youth worker or social worker
  • If you are age 13-18 and are worried about abuse in your own or a friend’s relationship you can text us for advice 
  • If you are in danger right now call 999


You have the right not to have information about you passed on to anyone outside the project (such as parents, teachers, social workers etc.)

The only time this is different is if you tell Acorns that you or someone else is in danger, or being hurt. If we do need to share information about you or someone else we would always try to discuss this with you first.

Contact us

Call 0191 349 8366

Text 07712 862 858


Useful links

Useful resources

Acorns general information leaflet

Acorns relationship checklist