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Healthy Relationships

Your children will be affected by whatever they see at home. You are the most important resource for them, and if they see an example of a healthy relationship, this encourages them to aspire to replicating these within their life. If they see you coping, it will help them to cope.

Healthy relationships

Here are some resources which can help you/your child/ren understand what healthy relationships are and why they are so important.

NHS

Relate

WHO

Mind

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Domestic violence

With the current regulations relating to the lock down imposed across the whole of the UK we are aware that for some children in Cornwall this means they will be at significant risk of harm from increased incidents of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (DASV).

The home is often not considered a safe place or a source of respite for many children growing up in homes where DASV is present. Sadly, the pressures brought about by the pandemic have seen increased incidents of child abuse.

We are taking the initiative to contact as many families as possible through every safe route available to us, with the objective of making families aware of the support we can offer to them. We will be increasing routine enquiry across all services and rolling out multi-media communications to support and extend reach. 

If you need support because your home is impacted by Domestic Violence please contact the Safer Futures or Cornwall Refuge Trust helplines below.

Advice and support 

First Light

Cornwall Refuge Trust:

The Women’s Centre Cornwall

Bright Sky

  • BrightSkyApp is a free to download mobile app on Android and IOS, providing support and information for anyone impacted by an abusive relationship or for those concerned about someone they know. It can also be used by practitioners and other employers to learn more and provide support.

If you feel unsafe and feel that you are in immediate danger, then you should still contact the emergency services via 999; Devon and Cornwall police work very closely with our local domestic abuse and sexual violence services and will ensure you get the follow-on support that you need.

If you have immediate concerns or are worried about a child or young person's safety please telephone the Multi Agency Referral Unit (MARU) on 0300 123 1116