1st Edition

Domestic Abuse Safety Planning with Young Children A ‘Pilgrim’s Bumpy Flight’ Storybook and Professional Guide

    80 Pages 12 Color & 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    Domestic Abuse Safety Planning with Young Children is a set comprised of a beautifully illustrated storybook and accompanying guide which focus specifically on safety planning with young children, aged 5-7, experiencing domestic abuse. This book aims to be accessible to all children from all families where safety planning is needed and, as such, the characters in it are non-gendered.

    In Pilgrim’s Bumpy Flight, Pilgrim is a little plane who experiences frightening behaviour at home from Jumbo, who represents the perpetrating parent. Pilgrim is comforted and guided by Jet, who represents the victim/survivor parent, to think about safety and what to do when frightening things are happening. The story, which uses simple rhymes, enables young children to engage in the narrative in a non-threatening way. Safety planning is an essential component of direct work with children and the accompanying professional guide provides up-to date information on domestic abuse, childhood trauma, practice tips, and how to complete a safety plan with a young child using the storybook as the key vessel of communication and exploration.

    The trauma a young child may experience from domestic abuse can impact their entire developing system, making them feel worried, frightened, and unsafe. This set is a crucial tool for the early years sector, education staff and those working in children’s services, including safeguarding officers, family support workers, early help workers, social workers and children’s IDVAs.

    Pilgrim’s Bumpy Flight: Helping Young Children Learn About Domestic Abuse Safety Planning

    Domestic Abuse Safety Planning with Young Children: A Professional Guide


    Catherine Lawler is a qualified specialist children’s counsellor, trauma practitioner and a childhood survivor of domestic abuse and coercive control. She has extensive experience of working with children, young people, adult survivors, and families as well as developing and facilitating training on the issues of domestic abuse and coercive control. Catherine is co-author of Domestic Violence and Children: A Handbook for Schools and Early Years, Floss and the Boss: Helping Children Learn About Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control, and Luna Little Legs: Helping Young Children to Understand Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control.

    Nicky Armstrong, B.A.(Hons) Theatre Design, M.A. Slade School of Fine Arts, has illustrated 30 books which have been translated and published in seven countries. She has achieved major commissions in both mural and fine art painting.