Halton Domestic Abuse Service

We delivered specialist interventions for families affected by domestic abuse for our commissioning partner, Halton Borough Council.

About this project

The service was developed to improve the safety of victims and children and reduce the risk of repeat incidents.

This service included delivery of 1:1 and group-based support to increase parenting capacity (using the evidence-based Gateway model), alongside child safety planning to reduce the risk of harm. We also participated proactively in a multi-agency approach to risk management, including attendance at MARAC meetings (as required) to ensure interagency information sharing.

As well as successfully improving reported parenting capacity, a feeling of safety among children and young people and the achievement of case status ‘step downs’, the service has also had a positive impact on improving access to employment and school attendance. As of November 2015, 18 out of work adults were supported to access employment, education or training, and 32 children improved school attendance/attainment.

As a result of the success of the programme, and demand outweighing capacity, we worked primarily with families at high risk of harm (‘MARAC’ cases).  Refocusing our service on these priority families helped to achieve the most effective use of resources by diverting children from care. Our service was a “last resort” before children have to be taken into care.

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percent of parents reported increased parenting capacity

100%

of children felt safer following our intervention

29

cases have been 'stepped down' by the Local Authority

Commissioning Manager, Halton Borough Council

The service we have received has been excellent. Core Assets is a professional, well-organised organisation that has a caring and dedicated approach to delivering and improving services for children, young people and families.

Commissioning Manager, Halton Borough Council

Family Plans are of high quality and are clear, time-focused and include meaningful interventions with families, which assists in bringing about change.

Social Worker

Excellent communication between myself and staff, the work completed assisted with the risks to the child being reduced as the child status went from Child Protection to Child In Need.

Social Worker

Core Assets have completed work to a high standard which has achieved positive outcomes for the family concerned.  The parent is feeling empowered and the work completed with the child has supported him in feeling safe.

Mum K

It’s mad because if you look back to this time last year, I never thought I would be as strong as I am now to deal with this

Young Person

Now I will know what to do if anything happens in my house in the future

Young Person

I know if I feel unsafe, I can grab my phone and dial 999. I feel safe at home and know what to do if I don’t

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