Domestic Abuse, what does it mean to you ?
According to national statistics the reported figures have escalated during the Covid Pandemic.
So will they drop now ?
As a result of research, it is estimated that there was a 33% rise in reported cases.
We would have to be naïve to think that this will drop.
Maybe it was only getting reported because families were put in situations where they were together.
But with home working, could this not continue?
For any child living in a household with domestic abuse, we still need to be aware.
We need to recognise the possible indicators and make sure we act upon them.
As safeguarding professionals we should all update our training as often as we can.
We should all check on recent changes to legislation, as this can impact on the advice and action we can take.
Recent changes to how families may qualify for rehousing are also relevant.
There are also often issues around homes that are in joint tenancy.
For younger parents, there is also help and advise from the ICON project.
As the professionals going in and out of home, or having contact virtually/
You are still the eyes and ears of Safeguarding.
So if you “See Something – Say Something”