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Domestic abuse - guidance for staff

Domestic abuse can have a profound impact on children, both in the short and long term. If you work with children in families, it’s very important that you are alert to the indicators of domestic abuse.

Providing the right support for adult victims of domestic abuse ultimately supports the child.

Research in the UK focusing on domestic abuse, in particular women’s experiences, has consistently revealed a link between domestic abuse and the physical and/or sexual abuse of children by the same abuser.

The Lanarkshire good practice guidance on domestic abuse and the protection of children gives staff across agencies guidance on the complex issues of domestic abuse and child protection. If you are working with families where domestic abuse may be an issue, this provides practical information and guidance to support people still living in these situations and after they have left.

Among the initiatives to help young people recovering from domestic abuse is the Cedar Project which is available in South Lanarkshire.