Children and Domestic Abuse

Photo of child suffering effects of domestic abuse

Children and young people are traumatised by living with domestic abuse. This course on Children and Domestic Abuse enables learners to understand the key issues facing these children, and how to help them to develop resilience and become more able to grow towards healthy and positive adult life.

What is domestic abuse?

Domestic abuse does not always take the form of physical violence. It can include a range of harmful behaviours, including emotional, psychological, physical, sexual and financial abuse (for example, stopping someone earning money or withholding their income).

Children don’t have to see an abusive incident taking place for it to have an impact. They may overhear it from another room or notice injuries from the abuse after it has happened. However they experience it, domestic abuse between family members or caregivers has a huge impact on the children who witness it. Children affected by domestic abuse require help and support to recover from the trauma they sustain.

About the course

Written by:

Fiona Cadwaladr

What it covers:

This course on Children and Domestic Abuse is in ten parts. It comprises sections on:

  1. Impact of domestic abuse
  2. Domestic violence
  3. Definitions
  4. Impact on parenting
  5. Impact on children and young people
  6. Trauma and its effects
  7. Recover from trauma
  8. Stabilising and integration
  9. Building resilience


This course meets the Training, Support and Development Standards as outlined in The Fostering Services (England) Regulations (2011) Useful for: Teachers, teaching assistants, social workers, foster carers, residential workers, early years workers and youth workers.

More information

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Learning outcomes

On completing the Children and Domestic Abuse course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the impact of domestic violence on parenting abilities
    • Explain the theoretical models and definitions of domestic abuse and domestic violence
    • Explain how these issues impact on parenting abilities
    • Explain how formal and informal networks and support structures can meet the needs of parents and improve parenting
  • Understand the impact of domestic violence on children and young people
    • Explain the impact of domestic violence on children and young people
    • Identify the risks to the development and wellbeing of a child or young person in being cared for in an environment where there is domestic violence
    • Explain the safety implications for a child who has contact with a parent where there are allegations or evidence of domestic violence
  • Know how to help children exposed to domestic violence to recover from trauma and develop resilience
    • Explain how trauma theory and research can be used to assess the impact on children and young people of exposure to domestic violence
    • Explain the process of recovery from trauma
    • Identify interventions that promote recovery
    • Explain how children and young people exposed to domestic violence can be helped to develop resilience

Additional Information

This course is also available tailored to the Education Sector

This course is available in Australian Legislation.

Course rating

I have taken lots and lots of e-courses through work and this is the best by far that I have accessed with much more relevant information and the test at the end being more thorough than is normal. I thoroughly enjoyed the course. Thanks.

Foster carer, Carmarthenshire
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