9.4 A Research and Evaluations


Children Services (Health and Social Care)


Children and families experiencing domestic violence: police and children’s social services’ responses

Stanley, N. Miller, P. Richardson Foster, H & Thomson, G (2010)

Children and families experiencing domestic violence: police and children’s social services’ responses is a research report from UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) and the NSPCC.

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Improving Safeguarding Practice: study of serious case reviews 2001–2003

Rose, W. and Barnes, J. (2008)

Produced for the Department for Children, Schools and Families

This research explores the impact of case reviews and the how the lessons learnt have been put into practice, for use with the aim of informing government and local agencies about their effectiveness.

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An Evaluation of the Sutton Stronger Families Group Treatment Programme for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence

Debbonaire, T. (2007)

The Sutton group treatment programme arose out of a needs and service audit carried out in Sutton in 2000. This executive summary of findings identified that the needs of children affected by domestic violence were not being fully met. Because of this, the Stronger Families project was established in 2002-3. This project took shape through an extensive process of training and development.

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

Cleaver, H. et al. (2006)

Produced on behalf of the DCSF, this study was commissioned under the Government’s Quality Protects research programme, Objective 2 Protection from significant harm (Department of Health 1999). The focus of the research is 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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Tackling Domestic Violence: providing support for children who have witnessed domestic violence

Mullender, A. (2004)

This Home Office Development and Practice Report gives guidance on how professionals should respond and emphasises the need for training and inter-agency work.

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Non-resident parental contact: final report

Blackwell, A. and Dawe, F. (2004)

In March 2004 the then DfES published the results of a survey to gauge the levels of contact between children and non-resident parents.

The survey aimed to assess current levels, frequency and satisfaction with contact arrangements from the point of view of the non-resident and the resident parent. It also aimed to provide baseline data for future comparisons.

The sample comprises of 649 respondents who were resident parents and 312 respondents who were non-resident parents. There were 26 respondents who were both a resident parent and a non-resident parent.

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Children and Domestic Violence in Rural Areas: a child-focused assessment of service provision

Stalford, S. et al (2003)

Produced on behalf of Save the Children and the Countryside Agency this report provides a snapshot of the needs of children and young people who experience domestic violence in rural areas in the UK. It addresses two distinct gaps in domestic violence research and service provision.

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Challenging Violence Changing Lives: gender on the UK education agenda - findings and recommendations

WomanKind Worldwide (2007)

Evaluation of the effectiveness of WomanKind’s programme of work with teachers in UK secondary schools which was developed in response to research they commissioned in 2003.

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Peer Educator Pilot Project Evaluation Report

Walton, K (2007)

The purpose of this project was to investigate the use of trained young people with drama skills as specialist peer educators in domestic violence prevention work in schools, by working with established domestic violence prevention projects in three London boroughs.

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Domestic and Dating Violence Peer Education Program: a pilot project final report

Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services Family and Domestic Violence Unit, and Department of Education and Training (2007)

This document presents a report on a peer education programme that was designed to raise awareness about domestic and dating violence among teachers and students in two secondary schools in metro and regional Western Australia during 2007.

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Young Men as Allies in Preventing Violence and Abuse: building effective partnerships at schools

Berkowitz, A. et al. (2003)

This paper argues that ‘young men can play a critical role in constructing a healthier world for women and men, a world free of violence and founded on principles of equity and compassion.’ The focus of this paper is on the ways in which schools can play a critical role in bringing this ideal to fruition. It encourages educators and advocates to work towards implementing violence prevention programs in schools, and describes the importance of looking beyond obstacles in order to meet this challenge.

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Please also see Section 7.1 A. Housing and Accommodation for victims/survivors

A Report of a Review of Services for Children Affected by Domestic Abuse in Nottingham City

Debbonaire, T. (2005)

In February 2005 Supporting People commissioned a review of the services for children in Nottingham City for children affected by domestic abuse.  The review was to include services provided in and by refuges; Women’s Aid and other specialist domestic violence provision and also include those aspects of mainstream services for children that have specific functions or needs where there is domestic violence. The impact of provision for the adult victims of domestic violence, the mothers of these children, was also examined as this fundamentally affects how far the basic and other needs of children are met.

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The Provision of Accommodation and Support for Households Experiencing Domestic  Violence in England

Levison D. and Kenny D. (2002)

This report produced on behalf of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), provides information on the kinds of accommodation and support available to women experiencing domestic violence and the contribution of women's refuges and other accommodation and support provided by local refuge groups in England.

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