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Growing Futures

A whole-family, strengths-based response to domestic violence that supports perpetrators to change abusive behaviour and challenges family and community acceptance of abuse.

Project Description

Children, young people and their families in Doncaster have traditionally experienced significantly higher levels of DVA in comparison with neighbouring areas, indicating a disproportionate cultural acceptance of family DVA amongst some communities. Systems of safeguarding children, services for adults and responses to DVA do not work together or have a shared understanding of the issues facing families. This manifests in services reluctant to work with perpetrators, victims (usually mothers) being re-victimised by services that make unrealistic demands of them and fragmented provision of DVA services with limited therapeutic work for children and young people who have experienced DVA.

Growing Futures has developed a partnership response and ‘way of working’ to improve outcomes for the whole family.

Central to this transformation approach are Domestic Abuse Navigators (DANs). Although DANs have a range of tools and therapies that can be applied to a range of situations, the role is distinct when applied to cases where DVA is present as they bring specific insight, knowledge and experience of DVA.

Project funding ended in December 2016 but the programme of change is supported as a key element of Doncaster’s DVA Strategy, with the DAN role continuing to deliver direct therapeutic support, support to mainstream family support work and social care practice and challenge for partner agencies traditional working practice and behaviours which fragment and lessen the impact of joint working.


The DfE-funded independent evaluation published in 2017 found that

Lead Organisation

Doncaster Children's Services Trust


Doncaster Domestic Abuse Service, Changing Lives, Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, South Yorkshire Police, Riverside Care and Support, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber, Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, St Leger Homes, Doncaster College and University Centre and Club Doncaster Foundation




Yorkshire and the Humber


Funding Information

Funding theme: Rethinking Social Work

Total amount awarded


Round 1 Mar 2015

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