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Domestic Abuse: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 25th March 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to support children in domestic abuse households when schools close as a result of covid-19.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

Domestic abuse is a devastating crime. We fully recognise the severe impact it has on children and young people, and that many of them may feel even more vulnerable if they are unable to attend school. Ensuring that vulnerable children remain protected is a top priority for government.

We want to prioritise supporting those most in need at this very difficult time, and we will therefore work with schools and local authorities to help identify the children who most need that support.

Local authorities have the key day-to-day responsibility for delivery of children’s social care. Social workers will continue to work with vulnerable children during this period and to support these children to access provision.

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