Watoto is a service for black children and young people who have experienced domestic violence. We work with the children and young people at Sahara Black Women's refuge as providing a city wide outreach service.
Aims and Objectives
The aims of Watoto are to help children and young people to:
- communicate their feelings.
- make sense of their recent experiences.
- cope with stress.
- support their self esteem.
- promote independence and choice.
The Children and Young People’s Support Worker provides a wide range of services such as one to one support, group work, parenting support, play and activity sessions. Support can be offered in the home, schools, youth and community centres, children centre or at a venue where the child or young person feels comfortable.
Some of examples of the areas we provide support.
Anger Management; helping children and young people to understand and manage their anger.
Self-esteem; working with children and young people around issues relating to self esteem, which can be affected by their experience of domestic violence.
Emotional literacy; giving children and young people tools to communicate their feelings.
Health Issues; domestic violence can affect all areas of physical and emotional health. Watoto can support with this as well as sign post to the appropriate service.
Housing; whether this is through working with a family to improve quality of existing housing or working with young people to be re-housed or to manage their tenancy.
Watoto recognizes the importance to a multiagency approach. Whenever possible, with consent of child or young person, we work in this way following the Every Child Matters agenda and also using the CAF system.
Recreational activities and outdoor trips are arranged for all children and young people using the Watoto service during the school holidays.
Referrals can be made over the phone, by post or by email. We accept self-referrals as well as referrals from relevant professionals. We are not a statutory service therefore the child or young person must opt in to the support provided.
Postal Address: 18 Ashbrooke Business Park, Parkside Lane, Leeds, LS11 5SF
Referrals / General Enquiries: 07896 165 895
Children's Worker- Vicky Blake
Senior Manager: Jenn Bravo