Child Protection and domestic violence

When you are a victim of domestic violence, it can lead to your children being at risk too. They may be either physically hurt themselves and/or they may witness domestic violence which can be very emotionally harmful for children. The damage it causes is specifically included in the legal definition of significant harm to a child. This section will help you to understand the process that will happen if social workers are concerned about your child being harmed in either of these ways.

This section aims to answer your questions on:

Frequently asked questions

I am scared to contact the police or the social worker as I don't want the situation to be held against me

My partner has told me the children will be taken from me if I report the violence

The social worker doesn't believe my child is in danger, but I feel s/he is, what can I do?

What happens if I feel the social worker doesn't understand what I am going through?

My child's social worker is male and I feel very uncomfortable with this given my recent experience of domestic violence

I don't see what happened between me and my partner as a "domestic violence" situation, it was a one off

I don't want to end my relationship with my partner but the social worker says I have to or they will remove my children from my care

The social worker keeps bringing up issues from my past and I don't think this is relevant

I am keeping to my part of the child protection plan but the professionals don't do their part or take too long. This stops my child from getting the help they need and means they have a child protection plan for longer than is necessary. What can I do?

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