What can Buttle UK help with?
This scheme is only appropriate if a child is experiencing lasting emotional, social or educational difficulties due to domestic abuse.
Emotional and Social needs
Exposure to domestic abuse can impact on how a child or young person processes their feelings, interacts with others and can affect their mental health. They often experience significant upheaval, losing everything familiar to them. They may need help adjusting to their new surroundings and coming to terms with their experiences.
Some examples of how we can help tackle these issues include:
- Therapy – for example art therapy or play therapy
- After-school clubs to help them integrate into a community or build relationships with their peers
- Activities that allow a child to express themselves; for example drama or art clubs
We understand that families fleeing domestic abuse are often forced to leave their homes in a hurry, leaving many of their personal belongings behind. That’s why we can also help set up a home as part of the grant. We can consider things such as:
- Essential home furniture such as a cooker or a child’s bed
- Items to decorate or personalise a child’s bedroom
- Clothing and school or work uniform
- Toys and baby equipment
- Help with moving costs
A range of factors such as estrangement, domestic abuse or a move to kinship carer can often disrupt a young person’s education. We can help by offering support including paying for:
- Educational supplies such as laptops, stationery and equipment
- Books and educational toys
- School uniforms
- Tutoring lessons
- Homework club
- Tools and technical equipment
- Travel costs to and from college
Are they eligible?
Who can we help
To be considered for enhanced support applicants must be:
- Children aged 18 or under living with parent(s) or carer(s) or young people aged 20 and under who have recently experienced domestic abuse and are in the rehousing or post-housing stages.
- In financial hardship.
- Receiving on-going, regular support from a professional organisation.
- Normally resident in the UK with the intention to remain in the country long term.
- Applicants must have ensured that every effort has been made to check that a statutory, education or governmental body cannot fund the activity or item being requested.
- Applicants must have already exhausted all other sources of public funds for which they are eligible, including their Local Authority’s Welfare Provision Scheme.
We are unable to help:
- Children who are Looked After by the Local Authority
- Where there is any other clear statutory responsibility for meeting their needs
Applications must be completed by an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and is capable of assessing their needs. The referrer should also be able to administer and supervise the grant on our behalf.
Please see https://www.buttleuk.org/need-support/families/enhanced#help.