Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership

Gender-based violence - The Home Office has released new guidance for England and Wales

The Home Office has released new guidance for England and Wales to encourage a whole-system response to violence against women and girls (VAWG). Its ‘National statement of expectations’ sets out a number of improvements that need to be implemented, including: a wider network approach in order to protect child victims of violence by making links with child safeguarding structures; the introduction of specialist workers within children’s services to work with perpetrators posing a risk to children or displaying harmful behaviours. The Home Office has also published a ‘Commissioning toolkit’ which outlines guidance on commissioning local services to support women and girls who have experienced domestic abuse.  Barriers to reporting violence and abuse impacted all child victims, but some additional barriers such as stereotypes around masculinity, were recorded for male victims when it came to seeking help.

Download the toolkit: Violence against women and girls national statement of expectations and commissioning toolkit
Download the statement: Violence against women and girls: national statement of expectations (PDF)

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