Action for Children has published research in conjunction with the University of Stirling which finds that children impacted by domestic abuse face barriers to accessing support in at least two-thirds of the local authorities that took part in the survey. The results show that in over 10% of local authorities, there was no support services available for children affected by domestic abuse at all and only two local authorities reported specific support provision. Furthermore, children’s services were found to be dependent on short-term funding in nearly two-thirds of local authorities resulting in funding uncertainty for future provision. The charity is calling on the next Government to re-introduce and build on the Domestic Abuse Bill, specifically looking at its impact on children.
The report can be found here.