Open access resource: Research and Policy Update on safeguarding and domestic abuse
The Research and Policy Update is RiPfA’s monthly digest of research articles and policy highlights relating to a particular area of Care Act implementation.
In this edition we’re focusing on safeguarding and domestic abuse. Read more about the issue and download your free copy.
The Research and Policy Update is RiPfA’s monthly digest of research articles themed around a particular issue related to Care Act implementation, as well as the last month’s policy highlights.
This month’s resource is free to download and concentrates on the theme of safeguarding and domestic abuse.
Domestic abuse has been recognised as a category of abuse in the Care Act guidance (section 14.17), raising questions in practice about how best to see safeguarding and domestic abuse as interlinked areas of practice.
It’s important to remember that this does not mean that everyone who experiences domestic abuse will be the responsibility of safeguarding; safeguarding duties only apply to people who:
- have care and support needs (whether or not the local authority is meeting any of those needs); and
- are experiencing, or at risk of, domestic abuse; and
- as a result of those care and support needs are unable to protect themselves from either the risk of, or the experience of domestic abuse.
The resources included will update practitioners with useful research and guidance on this issue. We note that many of the pieces included have a focus on women as survivors of domestic abuse, and men as perpetrators. The majority of research focuses on this gender dynamic, although guidance (eg, the recent LGA guidance) recognises that men can be victims too.