A teacher or other school professional receiving a domestic violence disclosure from a child / young person should make reference to the school's Safeguarding Children's Policy and Procedure.
To help effectively support a child with their disclosure it is advised that school staff:
It is important that teachers / professionals do not contact the alleged perpetrator of domestic violence in the event that a referral is made, or at any other time discuss the matter with the alleged perpetrator.
Contact should only be made with the non-abusive parent and should be done in a safe manner. Discussions about domestic violence should never be made in front of others.
Further guidance can be obtained from the support services below.
Domestic abuse is never the fault of the child or young person being hurt
Support for children
0800 1111 www.childline.org.uk
ChildLine provide phoneline support and website support to children.
The Hideout is a website supporting children and young people who are living with domestic violence or who want to support a friend in this situation.
Respect Not Fear is a website for young people aged 11+ about relationships with information, support and interactive games.
Services for adults
(24 hr free phone) 0808 800 0340
Women's Aid offer information and support to women and children through a variety of projects including phone support, outreach and refuge.
0808 801 0327
Male offers phoneline support to men experiencing domestic violence and can give men contacts to safe houses for men.
0800 999 5428
National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline (which is run by Galop) is a specialist helpline for lesbian, gay, transgendered survivors of domestic abuse.
0800 599 9247
Karma Nirvana www.karmanirvana.org.uk offers help and support to people who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing honour based abuse, including forced marriage.