Domestic Abuse: Children

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Further Government Response to the Report from the Joint Committee on the Draft Domestic Abuse Bill published on 3 March 2020, what criteria he plans to use to measure the effect of each of the workstreams identified on domestic abuse in relationships between under-16 year olds; and what steps he is taking to help ensure that young people aged under 16 who experience peer level abuse can access the specialist support they require.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

We are clear that the impact of domestic abuse on young people, including teenage relationship abuse, needs to be properly recognised and that agencies know how best to respond. it is vital that children who have experienced abuse in a peer to peer relationship receive appropriate support and safeguarding.

In our further response to the Joint Committee, published alongside the introduction of the Domestic Abuse Bill on 3 March 2020, we set out work underway across Government in this area. This includes excellent progress being made by the Department of Education on preparation for the rollout of new relationship education in schools in September 2020 and the consultation about proposed revisions to the statutory guidance for schools and colleges Keeping Children Safe In Education.

The majority of support services for victims of crime, including for children, are provided or commissioned by Police and Crime Commissioners, through grant funding provided by the Ministry of Justice. In addition, the Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner has committed to lead a review into the community-based domestic abuse support landscape to better understand the current support provision, including for children.

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