NSPCC Podcast 40

Why domestic abuse is a child protection issue

Find out how to improve your practice around domestic abuse when working with children and families

In this episode, we discuss the complexities of domestic abuse and why it is a safeguarding and child protection issue. We talk about the main themes that emerged from our learning from case reviews briefing on domestic abuse and share what we see in practice.

Exposure to domestic abuse has a direct impact on children and can affect their physical health and mental wellbeing. Just because it isn’t disclosed, does not mean that a child or family you’re working with isn’t experiencing it. Listen to the episode to:

    • gain an insight into the dynamics of domestic abuse (e.g. how abusive relationships work and patterns of abusive behaviour)
    • understand the effects on children and young people, including how their experiences may be minimised and why professional curiosity is important
    • learn about how you can improve your practice around domestic abuse and reduce risks to children.
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