Evaluation of Hammersmith and Fulham Women’s Aid Childwork Project
This is the report of an evaluation of Hammersmith and Fulham Women’s Aid childwork project. Whilst on a small scale, this evaluation was conducted using a continual discussion and feedback methodology with the intention of enabling HWA to introduce more systematic internal monitoring processes which form the basis for ongoing self-evaluation. The report details:
- the evaluation process and methods;
- the history and development of work with children in HWA;
- internal monitoring processes and direct work with children;
- the production of materials and policies within HWA;
- the impact of the project outside HWA;
- an overall assessment of the project.
- The specific targets which HWA set themselves at the outset of the Childwork Project had, in the main, been achieved.
- Considerable progress was made in relation to the overall objectives of the project as well: HWA now possess expertise, experience and knowledge from their direct work with children and the strong links they have built with mothers, and are therefore in a stronger position to become more pro-active about the services that they can offer.
- Workers, women and children raised the point that they were not always ready/willing/able to do one-to-one when in the refuge, but had got great benefit from access to it subsequently – this needs to be a key issue in planning work with children, and to be recognised by current and potential funders.
- The involvement of ex-resident children and mothers in activities and workshops offers a powerful message that there is life after the refuge, and that children and mothers value not just the safety which the refuge provides, but also the opportunities to learn about themselves and others in order to place their personal experiences of abuse in a broader context.
- The volunteer programme clearly brings out the best in many women, and is a way of harnessing diverse skills and talents and developing confidence by training women who have experiential knowledge of domestic violence to place that in a broader context and apply it in relation to children.
- This project offers a different model of outreach, training and prevention that uses a cascade approach, but through constituencies not always included – women with few formal qualifications and children. There is a possibility that this may be more effective than single session education programmes in schools and youth work settings (although it should not be seen as an alternative to these).
- Building networks of children and adults who understand the damage which violence causes, who have chosen to look at non-violent ways of interacting and who can talk about their concerns and feelings, is one very positive and productive approach to prevention.
Internal Report: Evaluation of Hammersmith and Fulham Women’s Aid Childwork Project
Grant Holder: CWASU
Sponsor: Safer Cities