Oct 04

JTAI – Domestic Abuse: The multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse

This report is about the second joint targeted area inspection programme, which began in September 2016 and which examined ‘the multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse’. The findings in this report consider the extent to which, in the six local authorities inspected, children’s social care, health professionals, the police and probation officers were effective in safeguarding children who live with domestic abuse. The report calls for a national public service initiative to raise awareness of domestic abuse and violence. It also calls for a greater focus on perpetrators and better strategies for the prevention of domestic abuse.

Contents of report

Background ………………………………………………… 3

Executive Summary …………………………………… 4

Introductory findings ………………………………… 6

Section 1: An endemic challenge ……………….. 8

Prevalence ……………………………………………………..  8

Demand from agencies ……………………………………  9

Section 2: The long term …………………………… 10 

Recognising the family’s context ……………………..   13

Section 3: Focusing on the right things ……   13

Focus on the child ………………………………………….   14

Focus on the perpetrator ………………………………..   17

Section 4: About sharing information ………  21

Information-sharing protocols ……………………….   21

Well-designed  systems ………………………………….   23

Helping schools to support children and families… 25

What next? …………………………………………………… 26

Full report: JTAI Domestic Abuse The multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse

NSPCC
NHS South London
Met Police
NHS Croydon Health Services
NHS Croydon Clinical
Safer London