Domestic abuse is a primary factor in a high proportion of social care cases. It has a long-lasting effect on children, which can manifest in unresolved trauma and anxiety, delinquent and offending behaviour and in some cases gang activity. It has also been found to be a key contributor to entry to care and placement instability. Currently social work practice regarding domestic abuse does not make children’s voices central to safety planning, effectively engage adults who have committed abuse, or take a whole family approach. This means it lacks effectiveness in achieving sustainable change.
Newham plans to revamp and re-focus social care to support its practitioners, build greater safety for families wanting to stay together or separate, and empower children to achieve their potential.
The funding will:
Newham will use the funding to recruit a team of domestic abuse pathfinders, teachers and family therapists, who will work with vulnerable children and young people, and their parents. These practitioners will model best practice and inject capacity into children’s social care.