SpotLight is EdShift’s early intervention programme that supports children and young people aged 4 – 16 who living with or affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Our primary relationships are key in shaping us and our understanding of the world. Early relationships, where there is abuse and violence can have a long-term impact on children.
Children exposed to violence and abuse are at higher risk of developing mental health issues in later life if they don’t receive early access to support.
Experience of domestic violence can lead to hypervigilance, where the brain reacts more to threat. This may help a child stay safe in an early adverse environment, but it can become problematic in a more ordinary environment.
We use trauma informed approaches and support children to develop coping strategies so they can deal with the demands of their home environment. We work with children between 6 – 8 weeks, however if we feel the child needs further support, we may recommend children access the other programmes we offer so we are giving them a greater chance to overcome their adverse experiences.
Practitioners support children to recognise their triggers and develop strategies to help them self-regulate and manage tricky feelings.
All children and young people are encouraged to express themselves through the transformative power of the arts, which provides them with an alternative channel to communicate and make sense of complex feelings and emotions.
We offer children a safe space where they experience a non-negotiable sense of self-worth. This can be in school or at The YouthBase.
"SpotLight has helped me more than anything else I have ever done!"
"SpotLight’s really helped me in school, I find I can concentrate more in class."
"I love going to sessions and getting everything off my chest, I sleep so much better after my session."