Children and young people
"Thank you for giving me a voice when I didn’t feel I could talk to anyone and helping me to realise that it is so much better to talk rather than keep everything bottled up”
“It helps me to calm down when I can talk and get everything out. It is good to talk about stuff and be listened to”
“You can tell that the staff really care about making a difference, they are nice and friendly”
“It was really fun to play with the toys and to get my worries out”
“I felt free to talk about stuff without being judged”
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
- Be listened to
- Be treated as an individual
- Make a complaint
We can offer different kinds of support including:
We offer one-to-one person-centred therapy in specially equipped rooms within the Acorns building.
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.
Short term practical and emotional support for young people in crisis situations.
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.