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SafeCORE is a systemic approach using compassion focused approaches to supporting families in which there has been domestic violence, or conflict between children and their parents that is likely to result in adverse outcomes.

Project Description

SafeCORE is an early intervention programme designed to enhance family members’ emotional regulation with the self-understanding, skills and toolkit to avoid future conflict and become ‘their compassionate self’.

SafeCORE intervenes with children and families who have come to the attention of Children’s Social Care on two or more occasions relating to domestic violence, but who do not reach the threshold for Child in Need or Child Protection.

The SafeCORE Units are small teams of staff with social care, therapeutic (compassion-focused) and other expertise. The teams adopt a ‘whole family approach’ to address the causal factors of violence and conflict and provide sustainable adaptable techniques in order to empower families to become more self-regulating.

As of February 2020, there are four SafeCORE Units that work both individually and collectively to problem-solve their work, support one another and develop a practice model that can sustain and spread SafeCORE going forward.


DfE funded independent evaluation will be published in 2020.

Lead Organisation

Royal Borough of Greenwich






David Lonton (Service Leader)





Funding Information

Funding theme: Targeted early support

Total amount awarded


Round 3 Feb 2018