Police made almost 245,000 referrals to social services for domestic abuse in 2020/21 and we fear this could be the tip of the iceberg
- Police in England and Wales made an average 669 child protection referrals a day to social services in the last year.
- New NSPCC analysis of the official data shows almost a quarter of a million referrals in 2020/21, an 8% increase on the previous year.
- The NSPCC helpline last year also saw a record number of calls from people worried about domestic abuse.
The impact of domestic abuse on children and young people
The government consultation for Victim’s Law closes this week and we're calling on Dominic Raab, Deputy Prime Minister and Lord Chancellor, to ensure all children affected by domestic abuse in England and Wales have access to local specialist and therapeutic services to support their recovery.
During the pandemic this risk increased as children experiencing abuse were trapped at home and largely cut off from their support networks during lockdowns.
Domestic abuse can take away a sense of security from a child and hugely impact their self confidence. It can have a long-term impact on their emotional well-being and mental health.