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Part of: Domestic Abuse

Related to: Children Exposed to Domestic Abuse , Domestic Abuse Characteristics, Domestic Abuse Offenders, Domestic Abuse Victims, Recording and Understanding Domestic Abuse People with Multiple Needs, Socio-economic Inequality, Ill Health and Disability, Mental Health and Illness, Safeguarding Children and Young People, Ethnicity, Sex and Gender, Sexual Orientation, Alcohol, Carers, Youth Offending, Employment and Economic Activity, Night Time Economy, Safeguarding Adults, Self-Harm, Substance Misuse Suicide and Mortality of Undetermined Intent, Emotional Health and Wellbeing of Children and Young People

For information about the help that is available in Bath and North East Somerset see the Interpersonal Violence & Abuse Strategic Partnership Leaflet on Domestic Violence and Abuse Services.

Link to the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidance on how health and social care services can respond effectively to the problem of domestic abuse. This guidance was published in February 2014.

Key Facts

  • For the period between January 2013 and March 2015 the New Way Service was working with 103 families/couples. There were 252 children linked to these families
  • During the period 2013 - March 2015, the age group with the greatest number of New Way Service referrals was that of 22-27 year olds with 55 referrals, making up 28% of referrals.
  • Out of the 200 adult and young people working with the New Way Service between 2013- March 2015, 21%  (41) were identified as having mental health issues.
  • Out of the 200 adult and young people working with the New Way Service between 2013- March 2015, 56% (112) were identified as having issues with alcohol misuse, 50% (99) as having issues with drugs use.

The New Way Service is part of the Council’s social services, it works with families with domestic abuse issues that impact on children, but that are not going through the criminal justice system. Thus, its records help to contribute to our understanding of domestic abuse that is not reflected in police and probation data. The New Way Service has been going for about 10 years and has a male and female worker that work with each partner in the family (when possible) separately to help address their problems and to move the situation forward. Referrals to the New Way Service primarily come from Children and Social care services. 1 2 

For the period between January 2013 and March 2015 the New Way Service was working with 103 families/couples. This means that the New Way Service during this period worked with 200 people who had been either victims or perpetrators of domestic abuse, or often both. 3

Children 4

There were 252 children linked to the 103 families/couples that the New Way Service worked with between 2013-March 2015. Therefore, on average 2 children had been affected by domestic abuse per family/couple. 83% of the children were White British, others were mixed race or Polish. 64% of the children had been classified as children in need, this means they had been assessed to be in need of social care services. 36% of the children had been put on child protection plans.  A child protection plan is a plan put together at a child protection case conference detailing the ways in which the child is to be kept safe, how their health and development is to be promoted, and the ways in which professionals can support their family in promoting the child's welfare. 5

Sources of referral 6

The vast majority of the 103 families/couples that were working with the New Way Service in the period 2013 - March 2015 were referred to them by a Social Worker (82%). Childrens Centres referred the second largest number of families/couples with 6%.

Where families are from 7

The 103 families/couples working with the New Way Service in the period 2013 - March 2015 were from all across Bath and North East Somerest, but the greatest proportion were from Twerton (19% ), Keynsham (15%) , Weston (11% ), Radstock (10%) and Midsomer Norton (9%). 

Age 8

The age group with the greatest number of New Way Service referrals was that of 22-27 year olds, with 55 referrals, making up 28% of referrals. Also, over half (66%), 132 referrals of the 200 adults and young people referred were under 34 years old.  In contrast there were no referrals older than 57 years, and only 8%, 15 referrals were 46-57 years old.

Figure 1: Age of adults and young people referred to the New Way Service in Bath and North East Somerset (January 2013- March 2015)

Ethnicity 9

85%, 159 out of the 188 adult referrals to the New Way Service between 2010-2012 were identified as being White-British. 12%, 23 referrals were from ethnic minorities, with the greatest number being identified as Black- British, 4%, 7 referrals. All the remaining ethnic groups only had <5 referrals.

Ill health and disability 10

Out of the 200 adult and young people working with the New Way Service between 2013- March 2015, 21%  (41) were identified as having mental health issues, and 8% (15) were recorded as having physical or learning disabilities. 

Substance misuse 11

Out of the 200 adult and young people working with the New Way Service between 2013- March 2015, 56% (112) were identified as having issues with alcohol misuse and 50% (99) as having issues with drugs use. These included 27% (54) that were identified as having issues with both alcohol and drugs. 

 

Figure 2: Substance misuse issues of adult and young people working with the New Way Service in Bath and North East Somerset (January 2013-March 2015)

  • 1. Ward M (17/10/2012) Meeting between Natalia Urry, Research Intelligence Officer and Maggie Ward, Social Worker- Senior Practitioner,Child Protection and Court section of the Children and Families Intervention Team
  • 2. Research Intelligence Team (2016) In house analysis of New Way Service data 2013 - March 15, Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • 3. Research and Intelligence Team (2016) In house analysis of New Way Service data 2013 - March 15, Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • 4. Research and Intelligence Team (2016) In house analysis of New Way Service data 2013 - March 15, Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • 5. Children's Legal Centre (2010) Child Protection Project, http://www.protectingchildren.org.uk/cp-system/initial-assessment/child-protection-plan/ 
  • 6. Research and Intelligence Team (2016) In house analysis of New Way Service data 2013 - March 15, Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • 7. Research and Intelligence Team (2016) In house analysis of New Way Service data 2013 - March 15, Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • 8. Research and Intelligence Team (2016) In house analysis of New Way Service data January 2013 - March 2015, Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • 9. Urry N (2013) Domestic Abuse Profile 2012/13, Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • 10. Research and Intelligence Team (2016) In house analysis of New Way Service data January 2013 - March 2015, Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • 11. Research and Intelligence Team (2016) In house analysis of New Way Service data January 2013 - March 2015, Bath and North East Somerset Council