This learning from case reviews briefing looks at case reviews published since 2019, where children experienced domestic abuse.
The reviews suggest professionals sometimes struggle to keep their focus on children when they are working with families where there is domestic abuse.
The learning from these case reviews highlights that professionals need to understand the dynamics of domestic abuse and the effect it can have on children, and not make assumptions about gender roles within relationships where there is domestic abuse. Professionals must prioritise the impact that living with domestic abuse has on children.
Published: June 2020
Our series of thematic briefings highlight the learning from case reviews conducted when a child dies, or is seriously harmed, as a result of abuse or neglect. Each briefing focuses on a different topic or learning for specific sectors, pulling together key risk factors and practice recommendations.
We work with local safeguarding partners to ensure that learning from case reviews can be accessed and shared at a local, regional and national level.
Find out how you can apply the lessons from case reviews and improve your practice to help protect children and young people.
Browse through our list of child safeguarding practice reviews, serious case reviews, significant case reviews and child practice reviews which were added to the National case review repository between 2017 and 2023.
Read our information on what domestic abuse is, how to recognise it and how people who work with children can respond to it.
Learn how the NSPCC Helpline’s new Domestic Abuse Practice Advisors support children and families experiencing domestic abuse in this NSPCC Learning podcast episode.
We share what parents, carers, children and young people have told our helplines about experiencing domestic abuse in the form of coercive and controlling behaviours.