Children and Young People

Are you a young person being affected by abuse at home or in your relationship? Does a child or young person in your care need support because of abuse they have witnessed or experienced?

Abuse in relationships

It’s normal to argue or fall out with your partner, but if someone hurts you or makes you feel bad regularly it’s not okay.

Abuse in relationships is about one person trying to have power over someone else. It’s the same for both adults and teenagers.

If you feel frightened, if you change your behaviour, clothes or friends to please your partner, or if you avoid saying or doing things in case they react badly this is not okay. It is abusive and controlling.

You don’t have to be hit to be abused. Domestic abuse is not always violent. Emotional, psychological, and financial control is also abuse. Abuse is also being pressurised or manipulated into sexual acts when you don't want to.

Tell someone you trust if you‘re worried about your relationship.

It’s not your fault. We understand and believe you.

Abuse and violence at home

  • Have you ever seen or heard one of your parents or carers hurting the other one?
  • Has anyone hurt or frightened you at home?
  • Do you feel scared of someone who you live with?

If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you can contact RISE at 01273 622 822 and we will try to help you.

Children and Young People

Therapy and group support we are currently running for children and young people:

CYP Service Waiting List Closure

We have made the difficult decision to close the waiting list of our Children and Young Person’s Therapy Service for 1:1 therapy, including music therapy.

This is because of the significant increase in demand for therapy without a sustained increase in funding, which is being seen across the country. This has led to extensive waiting times for therapy.

We understand that having a specialist service available for young survivors is very important and we will continue to offer groups for young people.

All our other services remain open as usual and our commitment to you as survivors remains the same.

If you/your child/children are already on the waiting list, you will remain on the list.

If you would like more information about any of the below groups or sessions, please email [email protected]

*Please note - there is currently an 2 year waiting list for CYP therapy*


Therapy sessions

This is a short-term service offering weekly creative sessions at the same time, in the same place, with the same person each week for children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse.

Sessions offer:

  • To build trust
  • To develop confidence
  • Provide a chance for positive change
  • Use psychoeducation about trauma to help form healthy relationships
  • Use creative means to explore feelings to create a space to feel seen and heard
  • Help make sense of the past and current situation
  • Provide effective ways of resolving challenging issues

Music therapy

This is a short-term service for 6-11 year olds, offering weekly therapy sessions for a parent and their child/children together.


Rising Stars

For 6-11 year olds, this group runs regularly for 8 weeks during term time. This is a creative group for learning about emotional literacy, identifying emotions in our bodies, healthy relationships, and ways of coping.

Art and Wellbeing Group

Mondays 4-5.30pm during term time

*We are funded to work with female-born cisgender and non-binary young people*

What we do:

  • Art making and craft wellbeing activities
  • Catch ups with hot chocolate around the fire
  • Planting and growing
  • Learning more together about common difficulties such as: anxiety, stress, restless sleep, low confidence, relationships and identity

Other things to know:

  • We can organise transport if you need support getting there and back
  • We meet in most weathers so suitable clothing is needed
  • There are cafes for parents to wait in during Spring and Summer months. In Autumn and Winter these close early but there is a space nearby that may be able to accommodate.

Young Persons Group

This group is for 11-16 years old male-born cisgender and non-binary young people who have experienced domestic abuse.

We explore:

  • Healthy relationships
  • What it means to be a man
  • Toxic masculinity
  • Gender stereotypes
  • Domestic abuse


Homeopathy in the Sussex Community (HISC) is working in partnership with RISE to offer a low-cost service to adults and children who have experienced domestic abuse.

Initial consultations will be an hour, and all following sessions will last 45 minutes. Please email [email protected] directly to book or for more information.