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Multi-agency safeguarding and domestic abuse paper published

Date:17 OCT 2022
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The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has published a paper setting out key findings from reviews where domestic abuse featured.

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel reviews cases where children have died or been seriously harmed, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected. In 2020, domestic abuse was a factor in over 40% of cases notified to the Panel, and its annual report highlighted this as a key area of work. Therefore, the Panel commissioned Althea Cribb and Sarah Lawrence to carry out an analysis of reviews where domestic abuse was mentioned to understand the implications of domestic abuse for child protection practice.

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The report says: "The Panel’s national review into the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson demonstrated the prominence of domestic abuse as a factor in child harm. Learning from the analysis was integrated into that national review. The Panel’s aims and objectives for the commissioned analysis were to: 

  • understand the effectiveness of multi-agency practice in safeguarding children where domestic abuse has contributed to the serious incidents notified to the Panel.
  • understand, from recent research and evidence, what works in response to protecting children from domestic abuse,
  • understand how services and practice might be improved to support children as victims of domestic abuse. The methodology for the commissioned analysis comprised of:
       - a case review comprised of 50 rapid reviews, 13 serious case reviews (SCRs), 7 local child safeguarding practice reviews (LCSPRs), 1 serious youth violence review, and 1 joint SCR and domestic homicide review (DHR). (72 total)
       - a light-touch literature review of recent research and evidence
       - meetings with, and a call for evidence from, key stakeholders including the Domestic Abuse Commissioner, specialist domestic abuse charities and children’s charities
       - a national survey issued to all local safeguarding children partnerships to call for evidence of developing practice (94 responses)
       - local area ‘visits’, where local partnerships were invited to virtual meetings, requests for a template to be completed, or answered specific questions from the reviewers

The full report can be read here.