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4.5.1 Domestic Abuse Notifications


In February 2017, this chapter was updated and should be read throughout.

All Domestic abuse notifications are recorded on a PVP (Protecting Vulnerable People record) The D.A. notifications are shared with Children’s Services by the Detective Sergeant located within the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

In addition to the details of the incident being recorded, further information will include details of any previous incidents of recorded domestic abuse relating to both the victim and the perpetrator, any history of offending behaviour and or criminal activity, any Adult at Risk or vulnerable child records relating to individuals within the household.

The D.A. notification is received by Children’s Services via a designated email inbox from Police staff within the MASH team. This information is recorded as a MASH Assessment¬†on each child.

In relation to children who are currently open to Children’s Services the D.A. report is added as a case note followed up by an email to the allocated worker and their manager advising them of the report.

All D.A. contacts are placed in a designated domestic abuse protocol work tray (with CAF checks taking place as per all contacts).

The trained IDVA reviews all D.A. contacts and undertakes initial screening or Triage of the presenting information within the D.A. notification.

Screening involves the following:

  • Whether the children were present during the incident;
  • The severity of the incident;
  • The Risk assessment grading;
  • The Identification of high risk Indicators and underlying risk factors.

Consideration is also given to historical records in relation to previous involvement with the children and a brief chronology is completed.

Checks are also made in respect of the adults named in the DA report to establish if they are previously known on the protocol system and linked to any other children. These checks also incorporate if the named adults have been known to BwD as child looked after/child protection plans, further checks may include the interrogation of the Adult database and requests for the health practitioner to undertake checks to the various health databases particularly if there is evidence of adult mental health issues.

IDVA then makes contact with all victims where possible. Then aim of this is to revisit the risk assessment/gather up date on police involvement and check victim/children's immediate safety.

This screening may also involve liaison with probation/health/schools/Changing Lives and WISH/ police to obtain further information.

The co-location of partner agencies including Children’s Services, the Police, Health and Changing Lives provides the opportunity for multi-agency discussions to take place.

In cases were the incident relates to a standard level verbal argument then a letter is sent to the victim with Changing Lives information. IDVA has specific support letters for male victims and victims under the age of 18yrs.

In cases where the incident is assessed as medium risk, the IDVA will screen, contact the victim, complete checks with Changing Lives and WISH and with consent from the parent/carer, request welfare checks with schools, health and other involved agencies such as probation, early years.

In cases were the incident is high risk, the same procedure as medium is followed with a consideration to complete Section 47 investigation once the case has progressed to the Referral and Assessment Teams.

In all D.A. cases, regardless of risk grading, were there is information suggesting Significant Harm to a child/young person then Section 47 procedures are followed once the case has progressed to the Referral and Assessment Teams.

The information gathered at initial screening stage is documented on the MASH Assessment then passed to Duty Manager, usually with a recommendation for further action/allocation or to be discussed further with IDVA.

In light of the changes to the definition to domestic abuse to incorporate 16/17yr old victims, each D.A. report is screened in the same way. Checks are made with YJT to establish any involvement they may have with the named young people. Responses are followed as per DA procedures depending on the level of risk. New literature is available to send to victims and parents of young DA victims which is forwarded by the IDVA. A standard D.A. victim response letter has also been amended to address the issue of D.A. to young people.

Any injury to a young person under the new D.A. guidelines will be dealt with by Duty Manager and progressed to the Referral and Assessment Teams for consideration of Section 47 Enquiry. 

In all cases final decision making in respect of the level reached on the Continuum of Need and Response will be undertaken by the Duty Manager based within MASH.