Danger signs for domestic violence…

I’ve written before about the impact of domestic abuse on children.

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This is a guest post by Paula Le-Milliere. Paula is MAPS co-ordinator for North Somerset Council.

Working with children and young people in schools, myself and my team have a clear list of indicators that flag up to us when there is the possibility that domestic abuse is happening in a household.

Generally speaking, they are very consistent and are usually confirmed later when talking to children about their home situation.

So what are some indicators of possible domestic violence?…

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Domestic abuse – the impact on children…

Domestic violence scene...

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Home is supposed to be a safe place. A refuge from the challenges of life.

But for some children, it’s the opposite. It’s a place of threat. Of danger.

NICE, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, has recently published it’s guidance for services working with domestic violence and abuse.  But what about those of us working directly with young people and their families?

We need to know what we’re looking for if we’re going to protect children effectively.

What exactly are the impacts on children?

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