Children in homes marred by domestic violence more likely to be taken into care

Children|Family|News|January 16th 2014

Children living in homes marred by domestic violence are more likely to be taken into care following recent cuts to support services, a charity has claimed.

According to children’s welfare charity the Family Rights Group, many social workers now default to care proceedings when domestic violence concerns are raised. Chief executive Cathy Ashley said:

“Our data tells us … that the state’s way of dealing with domestic violence is often to end up with a child being made subject to child protection plans.”

Mothers victimised by violence are frequently told to leave their homes immediately or have their children taken into care, said the charity. Such women are then forced to move into substandard housing elsewhere, isolating them from their families and communities.

“What that tells the woman is you cannot report abuse to the police or you risk losing your children.”

Government spending cuts and benefit changes mean troubled families find it much harder to reach appropriate help such as refuges, outreach programmes and treatment for perpetrators, the Family Rights Group claimed. Local authorities now often do not become involved until the situation has deteriorated and  the family qualifies for crisis intervention.

Polly Neate of Women’s Aid agreed with the claims, saying cuts in the funding of domestic support services meant that mothers were now “more at risk of losing their children than would have been the case”.

The Family Rights Group has seen an 803 per cent rise in the number of enquiries concerning domestic violence over the last five years, it said, with most calls coming from people on low incomes.

Author: Stowe Family Law

Comments(2)

  1. David Mortimer says:

    People need to listen & not ignore those who are trying to help. If you do the same thing all the time like coming on to facebook & ignoring those who are trying to help & doing nothing except posting pics & text which does help to raise awareness but only to an extent in the same way that protesting does but without the proof & support which is required nothing will change. Change will be swift when enough people help each other & deal with one issue at a time. Inorder to put something right one must understand what is wrong & what needs to be done inorder to bring about real change which everyone can see like opening up the courts which is another very tiny step in the right direction but publishing judgments without the supporting evidence will only tell people what a particular judge thinks it does not allow anyone to make a balanced & informed decision about any judgment. You can’t have accountability without transparency.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2540919/At-Victory-secret-courts-Rulings-family-cases-public-Mail-campaign.html

    The ‘lost’ Section 8 reform 14th June 2006

    http://www.ukfamilylawreform.co.uk/thelostsection8reform14thjune2006.htm

    We tired doing that in 2006 & when it mattered they could not be bothered to turn up & vote for it some might of been too buzy selling advice on the law they write then to change it in the best interests of children.

    Children and Adoption Bill debate 20th June 2006

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200506/cmhansrd/vo060620/debtext/60620-0017.htm#06062068000948

    Children and Adoption Bill debate

    20 Jun 2006 : Column 1282

    Tim Loughton: I am grateful to my hon. Friend. Of course, as well as those who do not sign early-day motions for reasons of personal choice, there are Ministers, who cannot sign them. That means that a vast majority of free-thinking Members put their pens to the motion. Only 146 of those 345, however, were prepared to go into the Lobby this evening, when it really mattered. That speaks volumes about the attitude of certain Members.

  2. Tristan says:

    What do social services do when the mother herself is perpetrating? Remove her child from her and give it to a

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