Friday, 9 December 2011

Top marks for Garforth children’s centre’s work on domestic violence

l-r - "Anne Kearsley and Catherine Hurdiss with staff and children who attend Garforth Children's Centre, getting their domestic violence quality mark"

"Anne Kearsley, children's centre and early help lead at Leeds City Council and Catherine Hurdiss, Garforth children's centre manager"

Garforth children’s centre has become the first in the city to be awarded the top level quality mark for it’s work on domestic violence.

To mark its achievement, and to coincide with Leeds’ 16 Days of Action, the centre held a ‘pamper’ day for mums who attend the centre.

The Leeds 16 Days of Action is part of an international campaign to end violence against women. The 16 days are a symbolic link between the International Day to End Violence Against Women and International Human Rights Day. Events and campaigns take place all around the world to raise awareness and encourage support for women and children experiencing violence.

The Leeds Domestic Violence Quality Mark, which has been developed by the Leeds Domestic Violence Strategic Group, helps to promote consistency in the delivery of services to victims of domestic violence.

Organisations working towards the quality mark are supported by Leeds City Council’s domestic violence team, who help them attain minimum standards by assisting in development and delivering of domestic violence action plans; provision of training; offering model policies and guidelines, resources and information.

All children's centres in Leeds have committed to achieving this quality mark and to date, 57 centres have achieved Level 1, 9 centres have achieved Level 2 and Garforth is the first centre to have achieved all three.

To mark this achievement the centre decided to link both the presentation of the certificate with a pampering event. Anne Kearsley, Leeds City Council’s Sure Start partnership manager presented the centre with their quality mark certificate earlier this week. Mums attending the pampering event were treated to nail art, facials and reflexology.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children’s services said:
“This is a great achievement for the team at Garforth and shows their dedication to support, protect and empower women and children who’s lives are affected by violence. All of our children’s centres are working towards this quality mark to ensure we are doing as much as we can to help improve the lives of these families.
“Domestic violence is abhorrent and totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated in Leeds.”

Catherine Hurdiss, Garforth children’s centre manager said:
“We work with families where domestic violence has touched their lives and we believe it is crucial for the understanding and knowledge needed to deal with this to be embedded within our working at the centre.

“A big thank you to all of the agencies who have volunteered their time and resources with no charge, this made for a very enjoyable and rewarding day - Tesco at Garforth, Templespa and The Body Shop.”

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713