9.4 B. Guidance and Resources

Successful commissioning: a guide for commissioning services that support women and children survivors of violence

Women's Aid (2014)

Women's Aid and Imkaan have created this free guide for local public sector commissioners, designed to support public sector staff responsible for commissioning services for women experiencing and fleeing violence.

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Information for Local Areas on the change to the Definition of Domestic Violence and Abuse

Home Office / AVA (2013)

To help local areas consider the consider how the extension to the definition of domestic violence and abuse may impact on their services, the Home Office, in partnership with Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) has produced this guide for local areas.

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Children’s Services (Health and Social Care)

Fact Sheet: female genital mutilation

Government Equalities Office (2009)

Guidance and information for professionals and frontline staff to respond to girls and women who have either undergone or are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM).

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Guidance for schools on preventing and responding to sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying
Safe to Learn: Embedding anti-bullying work in schools

Department for Children Schools and Families (2009)

This document forms part of the ‘Safe to Learn’ suite of anti-bullying guidance for schools. It outlines what school leaders and school staff can do to prevent and respond to sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying. The guidance aims to do two things: firstly, build understanding around what sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying is and how it is relevant to schools, and secondly provide schools with the information they need to prevent and tackle this form of bullying. This includes the development of whole school policy and effective practice.

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Guidance for schools on preventing and responding to sexist, sexual and transphobic bullying
Safe to Learn: Embedding anti-bullying work in schools
Quick Guide

Department for Children Schools and Families (2009)

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Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation

Department of Children Schools and Families (2009)

This document provides supplementary guidance to Working Together to Safeguard Children published in 2006 (see below). It sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people affected by sexual exploitation.

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The Children’s Plan

Department of Children Schools and Families (2008)

This Children’s Plan sets out how the government plans to meet the needs of children and young people and the framework for funding and implementing local service provision. This document provides a summary of the Children’s Plan. Domestic violence has to be addressed within this framework.

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Building Brighter Futures  - a young people’s guide to the Children’s Plan

Department Children Schools and Families (2007)

Written for young people in an easy to access format.

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Vision for Services for Children and Young People Affected by Domestic Violence: guidance to local commissioners of children’s services

Local Government Association (2006)

This publication produced by the LGA, ADSS, Women's Aid and CAFCASS. It offers a template which Directors of Children's Services, Cabinet Members with lead responsibility for children and their local Safeguarding Children's Boards, working with Domestic Violence Partnerships can use to incorporate the needs of children experiencing domestic violence in planning children's services.

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Working Together to Safeguard Children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children

HM Government (2006)

This document sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

It is addressed to practitioners and front-line managers who have particular responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and to senior and operational managers, in:

•    organisations that are responsible for commissioning or providing services to children, young people, and adults who are parents/carers, and

•    organisations that have a particular responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Part 1 of the document comprises Chapters 1 to 8, which are issued as statutory guidance. Practitioners and agencies will have different responsibilities that apply to different areas of the guidance and should look in the preface for a fuller explanation of their statutory duties. Part 2 of the document incorporates Chapters 9 to 12 and is issued as non-statutory practice guidance.

This executive summary is not guidance in itself. It is included to help readers gain an overview of the document.

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Safe Child Contact Best Practice Guidelines

Stafffordshire County Council (2006)

This guidelines have been developed by Prevention Abuse in Relationships (PAIRS) and South Staffordshire Community Safety Partnership. They have been developed primarily to assist agencies that have a direct role to play in within the Children’s Act (1989) contact proceedings, or agencies that provide support to parents involved in contact proceedings.

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ContactPoint holds the following basic information for all children in England (up until their 18th birthday): name, address, gender, date of birth and a unique identifying number; name and contact details for a child's parent(s) or carer(s); contact details for services working with a child: as a minimum, educational setting (e.g. school) and GP practice; contact details for other service providers where appropriate, for example a health visitor or social worker; and whether a practitioner is a lead professional and if they have undertaken an assessment under the Common Assessment Framework.

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Information about shielding within ContactPoint

Shielding is for people whose circumstances may mean that they are at increased risk of significant harm such as domestic violence, or for other reasons specified in statutory guidance children are at risk.

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Safeguarding Children Abused through Domestic Violence

Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs)

Children can only be safeguarded properly if the key agencies work effectively together. Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) are designed to help ensure that this happens. They put the former area child protection committees (ACPCs) on a statutory footing. The core membership of LSCBs is set out in the Children Act 2004, and includes local authorities, health bodies, the police and others. The objective of LSCBs is to coordinate and to ensure the effectiveness of their member agencies in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. This link provides national guidance and local examples.

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Please see section 6.3 Local Safeguarding Children Boards

NSPCC Domestic Violence Campaign Briefing 3: training for professionals to identify children living with domestic violence

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

This NSPCC briefing calls on the government to recognise the importance of training for front line professional. Practitioners working in education, health, social care and the police often come into contact with women and children who are experiencing domestic violence and are well placed to intervene and provide help and advice.

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Most areas have local projects that work on domestic violence in schools. For more information contact the local domestic violence forum/domestic violence co-ordinator/Community Safety Partnership or local education department.

Schools Pack 1: The Bristol Ideal Standards & Related Resources

The Bristol Ideal (2015)

This document sets out the seven standards established by the Bristol Ideal approach and provides related resources for schools to prevent domestic and sexual violence and promote healthy relationships.

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Schools Pack 2: What is domestic and sexual abuse, how to identify it, and how to respond to disclosures

The Bristol Ideal (2014)

This guidance has been developed in order to support staff in all education settings to respond effectively to disclosures of domestic and sexual abuse, and to work successfully to prevent all forms of gendered violence. This includes detailed guidance for schools on how to:
•    Identify abuse
•    Respond to Abuse
•    Talk to children and young people about abuse
•    Document Abuse
•    Refer to Services

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Helping Traumatized Children Learn: Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Massachusetts Advocates for Children: Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (2013)

Aimed at schools and policymakers this document draws on research with children and schools, demonstrating that by viewing their academic challenges and behaviors through a “trauma lens,” educators can help children learn and thrive.

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SCHOOLS SAFE 4 GIRLS: Campaign Briefing

End Violence Against Women (EVAW) (2012)

This briefing sets out the main aims and tools of this campaign to make schools in England safe and supportive places for girls and young women, addressing the many ways in which violence against women and girls is still prevalent in schools.

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Education Resource Pack

Thames Valley Partnership (2009)

The Thames Valley Partnership has come to the end of its 3 year No Joke Project funded by Comic Relief. The project consisted of working with schools around the prevention of violence and abuse. As part of the whole school approach they have produced a package which consists of:

Education Pack

This pack has been produced by the Thames Valley Partnership, as part of the ‘No Joke’ programme funded by Comic Relief, with input from a range of professionals with specialist expertise in this field.

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Lesson Plans

These materials should only be used with appropriate staff training and where there is engagement with child protection agencies. All material used should be sourced to the Thames Valley Partnership and Comic Relief and should only be distributed with prior permission from the Thames Valley Partnership.

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The Right to Choose: Multi-agency statutory guidance for dealing with forced marriage

Forced Marriage Unit Foreign and Commonwealth Office (updated 2010)

This statutory guidance is issued under the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 and came into force on 25 November 2008.  It sets out the processes that agencies must have in place when exercising public functions in relation to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in cases of forced marriage.

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Talk Up, Teach Relationships

NSPCC (2009)

Produced by the NSPCC in partnership with Standing Together this online resource aims to support teachers to teach about domestic abuse at KS3 and KS4 levels.

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Are you getting it right? A toolkit for consulting young people on sex and relationships education

Sex Education Forum and the National Children’s Bureau (2008)

This toolkit provides a selection of activities to help secondary schools involve young people when reviewing and auditing their sex and relationships education (SRE). It is designed for school senior management teams, PSHE coordinators and staff, including peer educators, involved in the delivery and review of SRE policy and curriculum. It is also of interest to local teenage pregnancy and healthy schools coordinators who have a role in helping schools to improve the SRE they are providing.

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Domestic Violence Prevention Work: guidelines for minimum standards

Debbonaire,T. and Sharpen, J. (2008)

This publication makes the case for why prevention work in schools is important and provides a framework within which such work can be carried out.

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The Expect Respect Educational Toolkit

Women’s Aid (2008)

Consists of one easy to use ‘core’ lesson for each year group from reception to year 13 and is based on themes that have been found to be effective in tackling domestic abuse. Although the Expect Respect Education Toolkit is targeted for use by teachers within schools, it can just as easily be used by a range of other professionals working with children and young people in a variety of settings such as youth clubs or play schemes. The toolkit also includes a directory of resources for work with children and young people in schools and other settings.

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Spiralling toolkit (domestic violence & abuse prevention tool kit for use with children & young people)

Safer Bristol Partnership (2006)

'Spiralling' is an education toolkit and film for use as a resource to help prevent domestic abuse in the next generation, by carrying out activities with and for children and young people of all ages.

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Safe Learning

Mill J., Church D. (2006)

This guide offers practical advice to schools (and refuges) on how to support the education of children affected by domestic violence.

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Bullying and Domestic Violence: domestic violence and children good practice guidelines

James-Hanman D. (2005)

Schools will primarily be involved in tertiary prevention although teachers will also often be in a position to identify children and young people in need of primary or secondary interventions. In such cases, schools will need to be aware of other domestic violence services in their area that are able to provide specialist support. This paper is a valuable resource for working with children and gives guidance and a list of research and useful links.

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What Can Schools Do About Domestic Violence?

Cambridge Education @ Islington (2005)

An easy to access one page briefing aimed at teachers supporting children living with domestic violence

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Child Protection – How to Deal with Domestic Violence

CEA@ Islington

Domestic violence prevention and support for schools.

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Fact sheet 17: Domestic violence - its effects on children: for parents and teachers

Royal College of Psychiatrists (2004)

This is one in a series of factsheets for parents, teachers and young people entitled Mental Health and Growing Up. The aims of these factsheets are to provide practical, up-to-date information about mental health problems (emotional, behavioural and psychiatric disorders) that can affect children and young people. This factsheet looks at the effects that domestic violence can have on children, and offers advice about how to try and avoid these problems.

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Does sex make a difference? An equalities resource for teachers and personal advisors

Women and Equality Unit (2004)

This pack can be used by anyone working with young people. The idea is to stimulate discussion among girls and boys about gender realted issues. It was released to mark International Women's Day on March 8th, however the information can be used at any time during the year.

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Shifting the Paradigm: Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence Toolkit

American College Health Association (2008)

Developed for school campuses in the USA,  this toolkit provides facts, ideas, strategies, conversation starters, and resources to everyone on campus who cares about the prevention of sexual violence. The ideas can also be adapted for other settings.

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A Guide to Addressing Teen Dating and Sexual Violence in a School Setting

Crime and Violence Prevention Center California Attorney General’s Office (2008) - USA

Peace Over Violence with assistance from the California Women’s Law Center, California Department of Education and the California Attorney General’s Crime and Violence Prevention Center

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Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: A Teacher’s Handbook to Increase Understanding and Improve Community Responses

Baker, L. L. et al. (2002)

Produced by the Centre for Children & Families in the Justice System in the USA, this handbook contains information that will help teachers to: learn about domestic violence and its impact on children and adolescents; recognize the signs that students may display when they are having difficulties. These signs may occur for a variety of reasons, including domestic violence; learn ways to support students and deal with challenging behaviours in school; offer support and information about resources to parents who may be adult victims of domestic violence.

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Expect Respect: A School-Based Program Promoting Safe & Healthy Relationships for Youth

Rosenbluth, B. (2002)

Produced for the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence in the USA.

This paper details the Expect Respect program, developed by SafePlace: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survival Center of Austin, Texas. Its goal is to encourage community-based programs and schools to join forces in providing comprehensive prevention and intervention services that address the problems of abuse in students' lives. This document is a "snapshot" of the Expect Respect program.

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How to Select Prevention Programs

Tutty, L.M. (2002)

Produced for the Resources Implementation Sub-Committee of the Action Committee Against Violence (ACAV) Violence Prevention Project in the USA.

This table provides questions for school and community personnel to assess which violence prevention programs to consider for different settings. The questions are provided with the understanding that no one prevention program or type of program will meet the needs of every setting and that different criteria will fit better in various settings. The "Considerations" section raises some of the issues behind the question, to provide a context for considering responses.

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Understanding the Effects of Domestic Violence: A Handbook for Early Childhood Educators

Baker, L. L. et al. (2001)

An 18-page handbook for Early Childhood Education students in Canada. In one user-friendly source, ECE students learn to identify and assist children exposed to adult domestic violence. Topics addressed include implications for the childcare setting, safety planning, reporting to the Children's Aid Society, and accessing community support.

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Please also see Section 7.1 B Housing and Accommodation

Protection against domestic violence under housing law

Women’s Aid  (2006)

Provides information about protection against domestic violence under housing law including provision for children.

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Dedicated housing related support for children and young people is provided by some specialist domestic violence services: see section 9.6


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