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Domestic Abuse and Protection of Children Good Practice Guidance
Fife Violence Against Women Partnership and Fife Child Protection Commitee have produced new guidance to support understanding of the impact of domestic abuse on children and non-abusing parents/carers when carrying out risk assessments and the importance of keeping a focus on the person perpetrating abuse and any ongoing risk. It promotes a child centred, perpetrator focused and survivor’s strengths approach to working with domestic abuse cases. It is a very practical resource providing risk assessment and safety planning tools, examples of how domestic abuse may impact on wellbeing indicators and current child protection practice.
It promotes the use of Safe and Together critical components to undertake a full assessment which looks at:
Perpetrator’s pattern of coercive control;
Actions taken by the perpetrator to harm the child;
Partnering with Survivors - identify their full spectrum of efforts to promote the safety and wellbeing of the child;
Adverse impact of the perpetrator’s behaviour on the child;
Role of substance abuse, mental health, culture and other socio-economic factors.