In the UK, 1 in 5 children are living with and are exposed to domestic violence
and abuse. Children living in such situations face risks to their safety, education,
emotional health, wellbeing and development. Witnessing any form of domestic abuse
can seriously harm children and young people, this is recognised as a form of child
abuse. Whilst the impact and risks vary, all are a cause for concern.
Statistically, all educational settings will have children attending who are living
with domestic abuse. As such it is essential all staff are aware of the Domestic
Abuse Act 2021, have an understanding of and can recognise the risk factors associated
with domestic abuse to gain the skills to implement protective factors and safeguard
those at risk.
What is covered in this course?
- What domestic abuse is and what forms it can take
- Controlling and coercive behaviour
- The prevalence of domestic abuse
- The impact of domestic violence / abuse
- Key risk factors
- Protective factors
- What action to take if a child or young person is witnessing and/or experiencing domestic abuse
- Support, help and advice networks
- Overview of the Domestic Abuse Act 2021