4.1 B. Guidance and Resources

Domestic violence and abuse - its effects on children: the impact on children and adolescents: information for parents, carers and anyone who works with young people

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (2014)

This leaflet discussed how domestic abuse affects children and young people, what the long-term effects are, and what can help.

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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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Child abuse cases: deciding to prosecute

NSPCC (2012)

This factsheet gives a definition of child abuse and describes how criminal investigations are undertaken. It also explains why it is sometimes decided not to prosecute in cases in child abuse.

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You are not on your own

The Children's Society and Children's Commissioner (2011)

A booklet to help children and adults talk about a parent’s drinking. This booklet is aimed at children aged 8–12, but can be adapted to suit the child you are working with. It is based on messages from children who are in this situation.

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Babies and Toddlers: Keeping Them Safe

Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research (2011)

A factsheet designed to provide mothers and pregnant women with information about the effects of domestic and family violence on babies and toddlers. It enables mothers to identify abusive behaviour and provides strategies for protecting their babies and toddlers against its consequences. More factsheets are available on the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research website here.

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

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

This research examined both the notification process itself and the subsequent service pathways followed by families brought to the attention of children’s social services in this way.

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Research review - Animal abuse, child abuse and domestic violence

McEwen, F. (2010)

This article reviews the evidence for the usefulness of animal abuse as a marker
for other forms of abuse, as well as highlight the limitations of existing research and
the difficulties of interpreting findings in a way that is useful for those working with

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The Journey to Justice: A Guide to Thinking, Talking and Working as a Team for Young Victims of Crime in Canada's North

Cunningham, A. (2009)

This 90-page guide takes the basic principles of helping children and teenagers testify in court and adapts them for use in Canada's northern territories: Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

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

Department for children, schools and families (2009)

Working Together to Safeguard Children sets out how individuals and organisations should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. 'Chapter 8' of the guidance has been updated to reflect Lord Laming’s recommendations on Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) and the outcomes of the recent public consultation. This revised statutory guidance replaces 'Chapter 8' of Working Together to Safeguard Children (2006).

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Forgotten and Failed

Barnado’s (2007)

Barnardo’s Briefing on the sexual exploitation of children and young people.

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Talking To Mum: A Picture Workbook for Workers, Mothers and Children Affected by Domestic Abuse

Humphreys, C. et al. (2006) [excerpt]

An activity pack for 5 – 8yearolds whose families have experienced domestic abuse to help and encourage them to open up to their mothers about their distressing experiences.

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Talking to Children about Domestic Violence and Abuse: a guide for parents and practitioners

Mears, D. (2006)

Produced by the ADVA Partnership (Against Domestic Violence and Abuse in Devon) this four page guide gives advice for parents and practitioners with a list of useful contacts.

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What to do if You're Worried a Child is Being Abused

Department for Children, Schools and Families (2006)

This document provides best practice guidance for those who work with children in order to safeguard their welfare.

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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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Making safe arrangements for children affected by domestic violence: public and private law

Women's Aid (2006)

The original of this article (which has been edited for the website) was written by Nicola Harwin for a book entitled "Making an impact: Children and domestic violence" (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) by Marianne Hester, Chris Pearson and Nicola Harwin.

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Feel Safe at Home


A resource aimed at children and young people.

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Understanding the Links: child abuse, animal abuse and domestic violence

NSPCC (2005)

Information for professionals to help understand the links between these key related issues.

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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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Tackling Domestic Violence: providing support for children who have witnessed domestic violence

Mullender, A. (2004)

This Home Office Development and Practice Report provides good practice recommendations and suggestions for a range of professionals who have a role in commissioning , developing or delivering initiatives to support children who have in the past or who are currently witnessing domestic violence.

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Helping Children Thrive: Supporting Woman Abuse Survivors as Mothers: A Resource to Support Parenting

Linda Baker and Alison Cunningham (2004)

This 76-page resource, developed with funding from the Ontario Women's Directorate, is written for service providers assisting women who have survived woman abuse.

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Home Is Where the Hurt Is

McGlade, M. (2004)

London Government Association article written during the development of the Safety and Justice paper and domestic violence bill.

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Providing Services for Children Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence

Women’s Aid Federation (2002)

Guidance to support service development which meets the particular needs of children who have lived with domestic violence, many of whom will have suffered abuse themselves.

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Female Genital Mutilation Information Pack

FORWARD (2002)

This is a comprehensive document which outlines information and the practice of FGM both in the UK and around the world, detailing the impact of FGM on women and girls.

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First Response Sheet 1: How to Respond when a Parent or Child Discloses Domestic Violence – when a parent discloses domestic violence

CEA@ Islington

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First Response Sheet 2: How to Respond when a Parent or Child Discloses Domestic Violence – when a child discloses domestic violence

CEA@ Islington

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Child Protection – How to Deal with Domestic Violence

CEA@ Islington

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Helping Traumatized Children Learn: a report and policy agenda

Massachusetts Advocates for Children: Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (2005)

This tool aims to help children affected by domestic violence succeed in school and is the result of a collaboration of educators, parents, mental health professionals, community groups and legal professionals in the USA.

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Domestic Violence and its Impact on Children's Development (2002)

This is an edited version of a presentation delivered at the Department of Community Services’ Fourth Domestic Violence Forum in New South Wales Australia.

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