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Domestic Abuse (CHYPDA)

This service provides practical and therapeutic support to children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse and are not in a place of safety.

Referrals to access the service can be made via ESMAP on the Early Support Multi-Agency Assessment and Referral Form

Typically, a counselling session takes place every week at the same time in the same place for a number of weeks.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Child/young person aged 3- 21 years has experienced domestic abuse within their household
  • Are experiencing behavioural and/or emotional difficulties that may be attributed to their experience of this domestic abuse;
  • Are currently living in safe accommodation


  • Provide direct 1 to 1 safety planning and support to children and young people
  • Advocate for the child/ young person with other services involved with their care.
  • To undertake an initial, holistic, domestic abuse focussed assessment of therapeutic need.
  • To work in partnership with existing services within Kirklees, including mental health support services, support and transfer or handover of cases to and from other providers as needed.
  • To improve knowledge and understanding of the nature of local need.


  • Being physically healthy
  • Feeling safe at home
  • Having positive relationships with caregivers, professionals and peers
  • Finding constructive ways to manage strong feelings, including anger and anxiety
  • Feeling confident and making positive choices and Attending school, engaging in learning and finding hobbies


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The Create group is for young people with learning difficulties. Young people decide a programme of activities together and the friendly workers help get everything organised and make sure everyone has fun. Activities have included sensory science, arts & crafts and forest school.

The group meets every Wednesday, in the school term, at Northorpe Hall. Those aged 8-12 meet at 5pm and 13-18 year olds meet at 7pm. Groups are for 90 minutes.

Kirklees Youth Mentoring

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A mentor is a trusted adult that a young person gets to know over a long time - perhaps as long as a year - helping young people to understand and learn from the challenges they face, try new things and make the changes in their life that they want to make.

Mentors have no other agenda - just to be there for young people when they need support. Mentors are trained, experienced, caring and easy to talk to and can draw on the support, advice and back up of Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust staff. Young people can be peer mentors, too.

Interested in volunteering?

Wellbeing Volunteer

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"It's been very good for our family. You chose good people to help us. We're going for a new life, a new start. You've really helped us. Thank you all for everything." (Parent feedback).

Our Wellbeing Volunteers are trained and supported to help families facing challenges, helping them to play, communicate and make the changes they want to make. Volunteers may spend time supporting a parent/carer at home or out with a particular child, depending on what is required. Often relationships between a volunteer and a family continue for many months. Requests for a volunteer can only come through Kirklees Council's Early Support Service.

Interested in volunteering?

Other support workers

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Emotional Health Workers and Senior Practitioners provide support to young people using a range of activities and tools, meeting young people where and when works best. They help young people to explore how they are feeling, understand their mental health, set goals, make changes and improve young people's mental and emotional health.

Workers and young people meet at home, school or somewhere the young person feels safe and comfortable, and will work with other services and the young person's family, with consent, to ensure joined up support for young people.