A SUPPORT group for children is about to make its film debut.
The Children’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) service project, based at Blackpool Advocacy, has produced a short DVD about abuse, which will be shown on TV at the end of the month.
The film – professionally produced after the group won a competition run by Sainsbury’s and The Media Trust – will be broadcast on May 28, at 6.30pm on the Community Channel, Sky 539 and Virgin 233.
The DVD will also be given to the group for distribution.
It will become a training tool to use with children, young people and professionals, in schools, colleges and training and awareness days.
The film tells the story of a young boy – and his family – suffering because of domestic violence.
Katie Ancell, from the Children’s IDVA, based at Blackpool Advocacy, said: “Having a professional film made was a fantastic opportunity for our service.
“The DVD will enable us to raise awareness of this important issue on a much larger scale.
“We hope it will help professionals understand what children go through and how to respond appropriately to any disclosures.
“It will also give children and young people living with domestic abuse, the advice on how and where to get help and also to know they are not going through this experience alone.
“The children we work with often don’t realise what is going on at home is abuse. To have this DVD as a tool, showing the day in a life of a child living in this difficult environment, and how it affects all areas of his life, is so useful.”
The service offers emotional support for children and young people aged from zero to 21 who have been affected by domestic abuse – through one-to-one sessions, group work sessions, drop-in at schools and the youth forum.
Katie added: “We aim to support children to tell their story and make sense of their feelings.
“We offer information on children’s and young people’s services.
“The film shows how the Children’s IDVAs can come into school and offer support to all young people by ways of letting them tell their story, helping them understand their rights and helping understanding the feeling and emotions around supporting them to keep safe.”
The star of the DVD included children’s TV presenter, from the 4 o’clock Club, Thomas Lawlinson, actor Jonty Stephens who has appeared in Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and Holby City, actress Lorraine Cheshire, who has starred in Waterloo Road, Trollied and Casualty, and Katie McGlynn, from BBC school drama Waterloo Road.
Blackpool-born West End star, actress and singer Jodie Prenger, did the voice-over.
Katie, 18, who lives in Littleborough, Greater Manchester, said: “I played the daughter in the film, so it showed me trying to protect and look after my little brother, while everything was going on.
“It was quite emotionally hard because it showed what it’s like for people in that situation. The tension on-set was awful.”
For more information, log on to www.blackpooladvocacy.co.uk.