6.3 A. Research and Evaluation


Domestic Violence and Child Protection: exploring the role of perpetrator risk assessment

Humphreys, C. (2006)

This article explores the issue of severity in relation to domestic violence and provides a number of reasons for the necessary engagement by workers with such a contentious issue. The specific role that the assessment of the risks posed by the perpetrator, which has now been developed in some police forces in the United Kingdom, is examined and its relevance to child welfare intervention discussed. A range of factors are identified that heighten the risks of increased violence. The ways in which perpetrator risk assessment can be used to inform the filtering of referrals to the statutory child care agency, enhance multi-agency working, provide a structure for the assessment of the perpetrator, enhance partnership working with survivors and inform the protection strategies for workers are explored.

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The Response of Child Protection Practices and Procedures to Children Exposed to Domestic Violence or Parental Substance Misuse

Cleaver, H. et al (2006)

This study was commissioned by the Department for Children, Schools and Families focusing on children referred to children’s social care where there are safeguarding concerns and evidence of domestic violence and/or parental substance misuse.

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Assessing Risk to Children from Batterers  

Bundy, L. and Silverman, J. G. (2002)

This article proposes an assessment which is particularly suited to post-separation risk to children from batterers. It explores firstly the risk posed to children by exposure to the batterer, including acts or threats to their mother, undermining the mother-child relationship, risk of physical, sexual or psychological abuse to the child and authoritarian or neglectful parenting. The article then sets out an evaluation of assessment of risk to children using 13 different points.

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