Celebrating the work of Dr Jean Kidner on International Women's Day

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It's been observed annually since the early 1900's and was adopted for the first time by the United Nations in the 1970's.

A report published in November 2021 highlighted that Covid-19 has intensified violence against women. We've seen the evidence of that with an increase in the number of people using our services.

So, to mark International Women's Day, we'd like to recognise and celebrate the work of Dr Jean Kidner whose doctoral research led to the development of CandYP, our main programme of support for children and young people.

"The way you explained boundaries as being unwritten was better than I could have done it."
- Child supported by Haven

The history of CandYP 

Established in 1975, Haven was originally a refuge named Haven House, supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse. Today, Haven is a well-known and reputable charity with a highly skilled and dedicated team of staff, trustees, and volunteers, all of whom are specialists in their field.

In 2014, our main programme of support for children and young people was called CandYP and it was Dr Jean Kidner's doctoral research which led to its development. Jean had previously been a manager and children's worker with Haven and her research A tale that can be told can still be found in the PhD archives at Sheffield Hallam University.

Delivering the CandYP programme

CandYP is now the foremost therapeutic programme used in Sheffield to support relationship building between child and parent after domestic abuse. It's a well-established and respected approach that professionals working with vulnerable children in this context already know and trust.

The programme consists of a minimum of six sessions of activities, totalling 12 hours of support for children and young people. The sessions are tailored to the needs of the individual families to support the child/children and their safe parent/carer's recovery following domestic abuse.

"I’ve got my memories away - the fighting with daddy not mummy..."
- Child supported by Haven

The future of CandYP

Over the years, Jean's work has benefitted many children, young people and their families and will continue to do so in the years ahead. Sadly, Jean passed away in January 2020 and is missed by all at Haven. Without her research, we would not be delivering the therapeutic work we do today.

“Sadly Jean will not know the real significance of her work and the difference it has made to the thousands of children, young people and their families who have suffered violence and abuse. Some battlefields are not found in foreign countries and some hero’s not in trenches, but in our cities, our communities, and our families. We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you and to make sure that Dr Jean Kinder is celebrated and remembered on such an important day for women and girls. Jean you were one phenomenal woman.”
- Kerry Albiston, Haven's Director

How you can support children and young people affected by domestic abuse

It costs £600 for a Children and Young People's practitioner to deliver six sessions, totalling twelve hours of support for CandYP.

Please consider a gift of £30 to help provide a 1:1 therapeutic session for a child or young person.

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