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Praise for arrangements for keeping its domestic abuse children safe

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Children living with domestic abuse

Inspectors have praised organisations across the Bradford District, including Bradford Council, the police, probation and health services for the way in which they work together to protect children living with domestic abuse.

The independent inspection, published on the GOV.UK website, made a special note of the fact that all of the agencies in Bradford have high aspirations for Bradford children and that leaders and managers are delivering ‘very effective' services and ‘getting the basics right’.

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “The recognition in this report from four national inspectorates, including Ofsted, that Bradford has high aspirations for its children is very positive news for our district and something for which we should all be very proud. We will build on this work but we must remain vigilant when it comes to protecting Bradford’s children.”

Leader of Bradford Council Susan Hinchcliffe

Inspectors looked at how organisations work together to respond to abuse and neglect across the Bradford District. It included a special focus on how organisations respond to children living with domestic abuse.

Michael Jameson, Bradford Council’s strategic director of children’s services, said: “This was a very thorough examination of part of our district’s safeguarding service which recognises the innovative work we are developing for children and parents. We know there is still much more to do, but this report shows that we are ‘getting the basics right’ and going in the right direction.”

Councillor Val Slater, Bradford Council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for health and wellbeing, said: “The inspectors recognise the challenges that our different agencies face and the robust measures we are putting in place to tackle them. We can never be complacent about safeguarding, but this thorough inspection recognises the good work we are doing.”

Damien Miller, West Yorkshire Police’s superintendent for safeguarding partnerships, said: “We welcome the inspection report and are pleased that our partnership work to protect children living with domestic abuse has been recognised positively. We are pleased that the inspection has seen the hard work, which is resulting in our timely and effective responses to tackle domestic abuse, as well as our prompt and effective information sharing.”

Nancy O’Neill, director of collaboration for the district’s clinical commissioning groups, said: “We are pleased that the report recognises the many examples where effective partnership work in Bradford has resulted in timely and good quality support to local children and their families, ultimately reducing the risk of harm.  We look forward to developing the partnership, using the findings of the inspection to further improve our support to children and young people living with domestic violence.”



Findings of the report

  • Across partners there is commitment to continual improvement to offer a wide range of high quality services to meet the diverse needs of children and families.
  • Both the lead member and the Chief Executive of Bradford Council are very well informed about the diverse needs of children in Bradford and the quality of services to children in need of help and protection.
  • Children and parents who experience domestic abuse have access to a wide range of services to meet differing needs.
  • Leadership within children’s social care is effective and senior managers are creating a healthy environment in Bradford for effective social work to flourish.
  • The Strategic Director of Children’s Services is focused on ‘getting the basics right’ in social work practice but also in innovating and using external sources of funding and expertise to drive new developments and approaches to providing effective support to children and young people.
  • There are very effective multi-agency arrangements within the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).
  • Social workers are well supported to enable them to work effectively with families. Caseloads are manageable and workers receive regular supervision.



Domestic abuse victim speaks out

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SPEAKING OUT: A woman has bravely stepped forward with her own story of domestic abuse, hoping it will help other people come forward

SPEAKING OUT: A woman has bravely stepped forward with her own story of domestic abuse, hoping it will help other people come forward

Violent incidents have increased since the launch of Euro 2016

A domestic abuse survivor has bravely spoken out in support of a campaign launched by to tackle violent behaviour.

Last month, West Yorkshire Police launched a campaign for the duration of the Euro 2016 football tournament to reduce the number of domestic abuse incidents after seeing an increase in incidents during other major sporting events.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that she never saw herself as a victim of domestic abuse until the violence escalated and she was left with serious injuries.

Last summer, her then husband violently assaulted her and she fled the house covered in blood, to safety and then called the police. Her main concern was not herself but to ensure her children were safe, as they were in the house at the time.

Once she had reported the incident to police, he pleaded guilty to common assault and was sentenced four months later. He received a suspended prison sentence and an indefinite restraining order, preventing him for contacting her.

She said: “The last incident was the final straw for me – there had been a number of incidents throughout my marriage when my husband was violent, but this was by far the worst. His eyes were glazed over in rage and kept saying over and over again that he was going to kill me.

“There is still a taboo around domestic abuse and an embarrassment around reporting incidents to the police. I now know what is acceptable and what isn’t in a relationship and I would never put up with any sort of abuse again; and no one should.”

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I would like to commend the courage of this victim in coming forward and speaking out about domestic abuse.

“The most important part of this campaign is to raise awareness of this crime and that victims will be listened to and that there is help available. It is absolutely crucial that victims know that domestic abuse is not their fault and that they do not have to put up with it.”

 Anyone affected by this story can ring the 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247. 

Mosque addresses domestic abuse

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Last week, the Makkah Masjid mosque in Leeds organised events to raise awareness about two key issues – ‘Domestic Abuse’ and ‘Islamophobia’.

A recent crime survey revealed that last year some 1.2 million women suffered domestic violence in England and Wales. It also highlighted that in Britain, two women are killed each week as a result of domestic violence.

GOOD MUSLIM: Imam of Makkah Masjid in Leeds Qari Asim MBE, reminds men to be gentle and kind to their families

GOOD MUSLIM: Imam of Makkah Masjid in Leeds Qari Asim MBE, reminds men to be gentle and kind to their families

The Makkah Masjid marked the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ 25th November, and addressed that domestic abuse and violence occurs against women in all societies regardless of culture, ethnicity, religious background and socio-economic status.

The mosque aimed to remind Muslims of the teachings and practices of Prophet Muhammad, so that such un-Islamic practices do not take place in Muslim households.

Imam of Makkah Masjid, Qari Asim MBE said: “In his 38 years of married life, the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) never abused any of his wives, rather he was extremely gentle and compassionate with his family.

“In fact, he strongly encouraged his followers to be gentle and kind to their families.
“Domestic abusers very often excuse their violent actions to their victims as a result of frustration resulting from financial difficulties, problems with the children, family members or colleagues, cultural pressures, or an inferiority complex and they let out their frustration by abusing their spouses.

“In order to justify their detestable actions, sometimes, they distort the meaning of a particular passage in the Glorious Qur’an and take it out of context. However, such actions have no justification.”

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