Working together to protect children has never been more critical. Children’s Services are in crisis due to an unprecedented volume of referrals. It is a well known fact that parenting capacity challenges and needs involving adults experiencing domestic abuse, mental health difficulties, and substance misuse are the most common reasons for referrals. In the majority of referrals, domestic abuse or parental conflict is a factor.
For the year ending March 2021, government statistics for England and Wales show a total of 244,197 referrals to Children’s Services, with domestic abuse being the most prevalent. For the same period, the police made an average of 669 child protection referrals every day in response to domestic abuse incidents.
The data does not reflect the prevalence of domestic abuse. We still don’t know how many children in England and Wales are affected by such incidents.
Making a Difference in Children’s Lives
Our ground-breaking training programmes, interventions and resources – created for Children’s Services and its partner agencies (see Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018) – are designed to give children the outcomes they deserve.
While the role of the Children’s Social Worker is to protect children, these professionals don’t work alone. They rely on partners from the police, schools, health, housing, and other services.
Yet our experience in the sector has uncovered a significant waste of resources, as current provisions do not make a significant difference in practitioners’ work. As the sector faces unprecedented financial pressure, it cannot continue to waste resources on training programmes and interventions that do not bring results. Mayday Support Services wants to be part of the solution, not the problem.