Literature review: better outcomes for children and young people experiencing domestic abuse - directions for good practice

Scotland. Scottish Government
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This review draws from international and Scottish literature, including evidence from children and young people’s perspectives, to give directions for good practice for the continuing process of improving the lives of children and young people affected by domestic abuse. Ministers have recognised that there is a fourth P - Participation, to the three P’s of Protection, Provision and Prevention of the National Strategy to Address Domestic Abuse. The structure of this literature review reflects this. The review covers research evidence on children, young people and domestic abuse, evidence from children and young people themselves, their perspectives on domestic abuse, what helps or does not help, and their solutions, evidence that for children to be safe there needs to be multiagency collaboration, a focus on intervention with perpetrators and linked but separate protection of children and their mothers, the need for services for pregnant women and infants and to strengthen the mother/child relationship, and action to ensure all children and young people are equal, respected and responsible. The authors provide directions for good practice and recommendations that are relevant to all audiences in Scotland’s quest to improve the lives of children affected by domestic abuse.

Subject terms:
literature reviews, mothers, user views, children, domestic violence, good practice;
Content types:
research, government publication
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978 0 7559 5802 3

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