Domestic violence and abuse: 15-minute staff briefing

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How can your staff help protect children who witness domestic violence and abuse? 
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A recent report by Ofsted et al. highlights the crucial role of schools in safeguarding children who witness domestic violence and abuse. This briefing provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the issue, discuss warning signs, and confirm correct reporting procedures to ensure your staff are well-equipped to protect pupils. 

The briefing is designed to last 15 minutes, but can be tailored to suit your timings and the needs of your staff. 

Learning objectives

The aim of this briefing is to:
  • Raise awareness about domestic violence and abuse
  • Explore how witnessing domestic violence and abuse affects children 
  • Ensure staff know how to report concerns and respond to incidents

More on domestic violence

Safeguarding Training Centre from The Key also has factsheets on domestic violence, which you can access here

The factsheets cover: 
  • The definition of domestic violence
  • Warning signs
  • What to do if you have a concern
  • Next steps 
  • You will also find a series of reflection and discussion questions for staff

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