Social Services ‘Not Aware Of Many Children Affected By Domestic Violence’

Worrying New Research Published By Abuse Charity


Around half of children living in homes where domestic violence occurs are not on the radar of social services, according to new research issued by charity Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse.

According to the Guardian, the study revealed that eight out of ten youngsters may be known to one public agency, but a smaller amount were not known to social care services operated by local authorities.

The research based on evidence from more than 800 children revealed that 62 per cent of such children had experienced physical or emotional abuse, or neglect. In addition, 18 per cent had been injured during attacks aimed at another person.

It also suggested that around one in four children affected by such problems go on to display abusive behaviour.

Diana Barran, chief executive of Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse, said there needed to be an “urgent shift in approach” from agencies leading to a “proactive genuinely joint response.”

She added: “Because child protection services and adult domestic abuse services tend to work in their own 'silos', the dangers to children exposed to domestic abuse just aren't visible enough to local authority children's social care.”