Safe Contact

Children who have lived with domestic abuse need support, safety and a stable environment to recover from its effects. We know from evidence that domestic abuse features significantly in both private and public law cases and that child contact arrangements provide for the greatest continuation of post-separation violence.

We have been campaigning and providing input to policy development on safe contact issues for decades, as we believed strongly that child contact in cases involving domestic abuses need careful consideration, proper risk assessment and monitoring to ensure that it is in children’s best interests and promotes their well-being. We have worked with the Scottish Government, highlighting these problems and contributing our knowledge and expertise to both the development and implementation of the National Domestic Abuse Delivery Plan for Children and Young People and which identified Safe Contact as a priority area.

More recently we have worked with the Scottish Commissioner for Children and Young People to influence national developments in this area. We have also consulted with and provided support to our sister organisations in England and Wales, with regards to the Westminster consultation on Co-operative Parenting Following Family Separation in recognition of the potential for parenting issues following separation to cross borders.

It is essential that the safety and best interests of the child are given careful consideration at all times, particular where domestic abuse is a factor.

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