Change the policies and procedures in children's social care.

Change the policies and procedures in children's social care.

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Elise Driver started this petition to Childrens Social Care

I started this petition in hope to get the policies and procedures changed with in children's social care, in regards to domestic violence. 

One of the main reasons a parent doesn't report domestic violence is due to the absolute fear of having their child/children removed from them. Many parents want to leave, they want to protect their children but its a catch 22 because they are under threat from another person, when you report an incident social services then tell you, your at risk of loosing your children and you must leave a violent relationship, however, in most cases, there's no way to leave, no financial, emotional or physical help offered from children's social care. Therefore, in a parents mind if you ring the police to help, you will loose your children, if you don't ring the police to help, you will loose your children. 

Statistics show the most dangerous part of a violent relationship is leaving, so in my opinion and I hope many others there should be plenty of help provided to leave in the first place. 

I'd like the rules to change so that social services HAVE to provide evidence that they've supported a victim of domestic violence, to get help by providing financial support with in their means, offering a place in a refuge or support in relocating, offered groups such as, domestic abuse awareness groups, domestic abuse support groups, counselling, help to get restraining orders/ non-molestration orders, support in court and/or simular before any child is 'eligible' for removal from their family setting or adoption. 

I'd also like to see that every social worker working with families HAS to be trained in domestic violence. This is another issue, when speaking to a social worker, victims know they aren't understood, they know they are judged. Its important to recognise what someone is feeling, how truly petrified a person is, 'to walk in their shoes'. 

The most common question is 'why didn't he/she just leave?' Its important for any person to know that question is just not that simple. 

I think changing these policies and procedures will save many lives, I truly believe parents won't be as scared to report incidents if this change happened. 

With the right help and support I believe people will reach out and leave. 

Please help me to get this changed � 

 

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