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

Person-centred counselling and play therapy delivered across a range of locations, including our specialist therapy rooms in North Tyneside.

Therapeutic outreach support

Flexible one-to-one support services delivered within schools and a wide range of community settings in North Tyneside.

First Response

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

Group Work

We deliver workshops and group work to raise awareness of domestic abuse as well as supporting those who have been impacted.


How can I get help from Acorns?

  • To access our counselling and therapeutic support services you will need the support of a parent or carer who can contact Acorns on your behalf. There may be other trusted adults that could help you with this such as a teacher, youth worker or social worker. (If you are 16+ you can refer yourself for any of the Acorns services)
  • If you are 14+ and require more immediate support you can access our First Response Service by calling 0191 3498366 or send a text to 07712 862 858
  • If you are in danger right now call 999

Unsure whether Acorns is the right thing for you? If you are a young person we can arrange an informal chat with one of our workers so that you can find out more about how we work and ask any questions you may have.


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

Heart Painting - artwork by young people at Acorns domestic abuse support services in North Shields