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Women’s Aid responds to news that domestic abuse is the biggest child protection threat

Tuesday 5th November 2019

Domestic violence, family conflict and drink and drug abuse are the biggest drivers of the rise in child-protection cases in England, says the Local Government Association.

The organisation representing English councils has surveyed the councillors in charge of children’s services about the causes of a 53% rise in child-protection cases over the past decade.

More than 80% identified domestic violence and substance misuse as being behind the increased numbers in their local authorities.

Responding to the news, Lucy Hadley, Campaigns and Public Affairs Manager at Women’s Aid, said:

“Domestic abuse causes untold damage to women and children across our country. Children don’t just witness domestic abuse, they experience it and it is essential that they can access specialist support to cope and recover.

With 88 children being taken into care every day, and domestic abuse clearly identified as the biggest threat to these children, it’s never been more important to ensure that children’s social workers receive high quality training on domestic abuse and coercive control, so they understand how to support survivors and their children safely, and hold perpetrators to account. And every woman and child must be able to access the specialist domestic abuse support they need to build a safe future.”

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