‘Simplistic and optimistic’ approach to domestic abuse evident in serious cases, warns national panel

National safeguarding leaders have identified an “overly simplistic and optimistic” approach to domestic abuse and its impact on children in a study of serious cases. Most practitioners used the term domestic abuse without understanding its nature and impact, while there was also a lack of a co-ordinated multi-agency response and an overemphasis on physical violence as an indicator of the problem, said the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel. The panel, which oversees and draws lessons from cases where children have died or been seriously harmed, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected, issued the concerns in a briefing based on 72 local case reviews, a literature review and discussions with, and evidence from, stakeholders. Read more.

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