Posted on: 4 December 2023

On the ninth day of the White Ribbon Campaign, CNWL’s School Nursing, 0-19 Services, and Health Visiting teams committed to prioritise the prevention of domestic abuse.

Colleagues within these services are often the first to hear disclosures of domestic abuse.  As a result, they have developed comprehensive systems to make sure staff take every opportunity to identify and report domestic abuse.

Here are just a few ways in which Children’s services achieve this:

  • Domestic abuse and risks to children are included in the Induction Meet and Greet sessions for all staff
  • Domestic abuse Level 3 safeguarding children training is available throughout all CNWL services.
  • Domestic Abuse Routine Enquiry is utilised in 0-19 services
  • Children are represented at Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) by safeguarding advisors and relevant safeguarding children professionals
  • The Hillingdon School Nurse Team has developed the Safe Hand Tool for use with children living in a home where domestic abuse is a factor. This supports safety planning in an age-appropriate way with children
  • Think Family! Continued support to staff in considering who is in the home, and what services may be involved with a family
  • Voice of the child – capturing this at all contact and what life is like for a child
  • Continued advice and support for adult services who may have contact with children and consideration of the impact on children in the home. Support of onward referrals when needed.

Our children’s services are committed to continuing to develop support in this area.

  • There will be a series of Hillingdon 0-19 webinars next year on the voice of the child to support staff awareness on capturing the voice of the child at all contacts and for all ages
  • Hillingdon integrated therapists will receive support and training on introducing domestic abuse routine inquiry

Check out this video, which explains how to use the new Safe Hand Tool.