The seminar will bring together experienced practitioners and experts to explore the cross cutting, complex and often high risk nature of effectively addressing domestic abuse in children’s services practice. It will be jointly delivered by Cordis Bright and a current and former Director of Children’s Services.
• Identify effective practice in children’s services in tackling domestic abuse
• Explore successful strategies that can be used to strengthen practice
• Scope out likely future pressures on services
• Agree how other partners can contribute.
• 60% of serious case reviews involve domestic abuse (Brandon et al, 2012)
• Domestic abuse was recorded as the most common factor in 41% of continuous assessments completed in 2013/14 (Ofsted Annual Social Care Report)
• A third of children witnessing domestic violence also experienced another form of abuse (Radford et al, 2011)
• Domestic abuse will be the second ‘deep dive’ theme of Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI) starting in September
• The new Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy includes a focus on children, young people and families reflecting a life course approach
• Participants at our ‘Lessons Learned: effective commissioning for domestic abuse services’ seminar in May highlighted the lack of joined up approaches to working with families and a lack of provision for perpetrators as key challenges in effectively addressing domestic abuse.
The workshop is aimed at:
• Directors of Children’s Services
• Assistant Directors
• Managers of domestic abuse services
• Managers of social work teams
• Local authority commissioners of domestic abuse services
• Chairs of local safeguarding children board
Other people that may be interested in attending are staff from Offices of Police and Crime Commissioners, NHS, independent sector providers of domestic abuse services, and social workers.
The sessions will be interactive and participative. We are keen to tap-in to your own expertise and provide opportunities to share your own experiences.
The agenda will include the following discussion groups and panels:
• Key issues and gaps in addressing domestic abuse in children’s services practice. This session will include a presentation based on research from case file audits of over 300 children’s social files in four different local authorities which identified key improvement areas in addressing domestic abuse
• Effective practice around multi-agency working and joined-up approaches to addressing domestic abuse. This session will include a discussion around the second ‘deep dive’ theme of domestic abuse for Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI) starting in September
• What the national VAWG strategy (May, 2016) and National Statement of Expectations mean for providing and commissioning services for children and young people
• ‘Top tips’ for children’s services to effectively address domestic abuse. This will include our top tips as well as exploring colleagues’ own experience of achieving improvements
• 'What works' in designing a strategic approach to addressing domestic abuse in children’s social care practice.