Domestic abuse and child welfare

Domestic abuse is now the most common reason given by callers contacting Family Rights Group's advice service, as to why social workers have been involved with their family.  There has been a stark rise in mothers in these circumstances, contacting us for advice - from 16% in 2007/8 to 68% of mothers contacting us in 2018/19.

Family Rights Group has undertaken the Keep Safe Project, producing resources for mothers, fathers and practitioners when families are involved with children's services due to domestic abuse. 


Too often, mothers who have experienced domestic abuse, feel that they are further punished by a system that blames them for failing to keep their children safe. We are campaigning to increase awareness and are working with local authorities to create a more human and effective child welfare system, for adult and child survivors of domestic abuse.  We are holding a seminar on 3 October 2019 entitled domestic abuse and child welfare: reimagining the system.

Family Rights Group has now launched a Knowledge Inquiry on developing principles for good practice when children’s services are working with families, where there is, or has been, domestic abuse. If you would like to be involved or have any views which you think we should take into account please get in touch by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We would like to thank Trust for London, Lankelly Chase Foundation and The Noel Buxton Trust for their support and funding, to enable us to conduct this work.

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