If the situation is urgent, visible injury is evident, or children are at risk, either: Call 999, call your local authority children’s service or follow your organisation’s Child Protection Policy.

What you need to do

If domestic abuse is disclosed to you, first of all, refer to this diagram. This will determine what you need to do.

The pathway charts mention related documents you may need in making your referral. These are shown below.


If you are concerned about the possibility of a teenager being involved in an abusive relationship, consider the support pathway specifically for younger people

The first practical step will be to complete a domestic abuse (DASH) risk assessment (see Risk Assessment Tool link above).

If the child is younger than 13, this falls under child protection, please refer to the Effective support for families document


This is not currently available for direct referrals.

For more information email youfirstsidas@theyoutrust.org.uk

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