It seems extraordinary that domestic abuse training is not a compulsory part of a social workers training. Especially considering the amount of children under their care because of domestic abuse that they witness or experience directly, this continues even after relationships break down. Some social workers complete an optional assignment that they research themselves. This is an inadequate start to their career in children’s services. It is a very complex issue where discussion based learning and case studies are needed. This is not the fault of the students but those in charge of course content.

Children’s services’ ‘fundamental lack of understanding’ of domestic abuse risks slammed by case review

A ‘fundamental lack of understanding’ by social workers and other professionals of risks to children relating to domestic abuse has been heavily criticised in an excoriating serious case review into a baby’s death. The review, for Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board, found children’s…