- 1 in 7 children and young people have experienced domestic abuse.
- 62% of children who have lived with domestic abuse have also been directly harmed.
- 2 in 3 Serious Case Reviews (where a child has died or been seriously harmed) feature domestic abuse.
- A quarter of 13–18 year old girls report experiencing physical abuse in their own intimate partner relationships, and one-third report sexual abuse.
What we do
We bring together those in West London providing services to children and young people into an operational group.
Through the group, we start conversations about domestic abuse within and between different agencies and different sectors. We support them to share information and learning, to collaborate, and to keep communicating.
We inform, guide, and monitor the activity of the group to ensure that their work is safe, effective, and responds to the shifting needs of domestic abuse survivors and their children.
Through this work, and other components of our Coordinated Community Response, we are able to break down barriers between agencies and help to spread good practice.
Our work with children's services in West London is recognised as an example of best practice by the UN.
Hammersmith and Fulham Social Care Project
Domestic abuse is a primary or secondary issue in 60-70% of Child Protection Plans in Hammersmith and Fulham (H&F). The Social Care Project is a partnership between H&F Children’s Social Care, STADV, ADVANCE and Domestic Violence Intervention Project (DVIP). The overall aims are to;
- Support existing social care practitioners in both Child Protection and Early Help to build expertise and confidence in working with families where domestic abuse is an issue;
- Ensure we offer a coordinated community response to domestic abuse
Local Safeguarding Children's Board
Children and young people are a priority when working with domestic abuse, and domestic abuse is a priority for our local Children’s Safeguarding board. Our Children’s Operational Group reports in to both the VAWG Strategic Board and the Safeguarding board ensuring our work complements each other and that the most is made of local resources in keeping children safe.
What we can do for you
We can help you bring together and successfully coordinate responses to children and young people affected by domestic abuse in your local authority area.
This could include several practical interventions:
- Engaging and integrating services.
- Writing terms of reference.
- Developing and implementing policies, procedures, and protocols.
- Training and workforce development.
- Measuring impact.
Please contact us to find out how we can help you reduce and prevent domestic abuse in your local area