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Responding to gender-based violence towards children

Recognising the effects of abuse on children and in families, and offering early intervention and sustained support for children and families can reduce the risks of gender-based violence and improve outcomes for babies and children. Early intervention and support regarding gender-based violence is an aim of The Early Years Framework, as a clear priority to provide tailored and supportive services that meet the needs of families and children.

Where a practitioner identifies that a child’s emotional/and or physical well-being is being impacted due to gender based violence, it will be necessary for the practitioner to assess the situation.   If the family require additional support, an appropriate referral should be made to the relevant agency.  Where a child is deemed to be at risk of harm due to gender based violence, the practitioner should follow existing child protection guidance  in order that the level of risk can be assessed and any necessary action taken to ensure the child’s safety and well-being and to promote the mother’s health and wellbeing.

Ensure that any disclosure of abuse is documented  in the case records of the child/ren and the adult experiencing abuse.