About Sphere

Sphere provides a therapeutic service for children and young people affected by domestic abuse.

This is free for children and young people up to the age of 18 years who live in Nottingham City and South Nottinghamshire. Sphere stands for Safety, Progression, Hope, Empathy, Respect, Empowerment, which are the aims of our service. Watch our short film to find out more about what we do.

What is Domestic Violence and Abuse?

Domestic Abuse happens when one person hurts or bullies another person in the family. It can happen between people who are married, living together, going out together or have children together. It can happen when people live together or when they live separately. Domestic Abuse happens mostly between adults but children and young people in the family can be affected by the abuse they see and hear and they can also by hurt themselves or feel bullied. Teenagers may also experience abuse from their own boy or girlfriends. These are the different forms of Domestic Abuse:

  • Emotional – which includes constantly putting a person down, checking where they are or stopping them from seeing friends and family,
  • Physical – which includes hitting, pushing, kicking, pinching, throwing or smashing things or making threats to hurt someone,
  • Sexual – this can include rape or making someone do sexual things they don’t want to do,
  • Financial – this can include not giving someone money, taking money away from them, checking what they spend on, or even stopping someone going out to work.

How do to get help from the service

If you are a young person who would like support you can contact us directly by phoning 0115 9603010. Our friendly Admin Staff will take your contact number and ask one of the workers in Sphere to call you back. Otherwise you can ask your parent/carer or any professional such as teacher, social worker or GP to contact us on your behalf to make a referral. If you are a parent/ carer or professional who wants to ask help for a child or young person, you can contact us by phoning Family Care on 0115 9603010 in our Duty times on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am and 11.30am.

If you are a professional who would like some advice and support in order to help a child/young person yourself, you can phone us in our Duty times or ring and request a Request for Referral Form to be emailed to you for you to complete and return.


  • Age up to 18 years, including pre-school children
  • History of family domestic abuse
  • Child/young person no longer living with the abusive family member
  • Where applicable, family have moved from a Refuge to more permanent housing

What help does Sphere offer?

Once we receive a referral we phone the person making the referral to talk things through a little more and gain any extra information we may need.  Once accepted to Sphere, the child/young person will be allocated their own worker who will firstly complete an initial assessment with the parent/carer. This will take place with the parent who is the victim of the abuse and helps us get more details about your circumstances. We then meet the child/young person to assess what support needs are required. We offer:

  • individual sessions with a child or young person,
  • group sessions for children/young people,
  • parent-child attachment therapy
  • support for parents/carers