Understanding Domestic Abuse - Through The Eyes of a Child - Antser
  • Education
  • Fostering
  • Health
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People

Understanding Domestic Abuse – Through The Eyes of a Child

Using Antser’s immersive VR technology, this course provides comprehensive insights into the complexity of domestic abuse, exploring its impact on children’s development and identifying effective strategies for supporting children and young people dealing with trauma from domestic abuse.
1 day
Up to 12 face to face
Up to 12 people by remote

Learning outcomes

  • Gain an understanding of the complex nature of domestic abuse.
  • Understand the difference between Parental Conflict and Domestic Abuse
  • Improve knowledge on the impact of domestic abuse on children, looking at how trauma impacts on child development.
  • Exploring our perceptions of gender in domestic abuse
  • Learning from Serious Case Reviews, exploring importance of assessing families, pre-birth assessments, engagement with services, histories of violence, triggers for violent incidents, and parental mental health problems
  • Assessing risk and the importance of seeing the big picture; understanding relationships within the family
  • What helps when supporting children and young people when dealing with trauma of domestic abuse?


Home is a place which should be safe and secure- instead this can be a source of fear or terror.
Domestic abuse poses a significant safeguarding issue. The impact of growing up in a household with domestic abuse has far reaching consequences for children and society. The learning from case reviews highlights that professionals need to understand the dynamics of domestic abuse and the effect it can have on children.

In England & Wales, the Adoption & Children Act 2002 amended the definition of significant harm provided by the Children Act 1989, adding a new category of ‘impairment suffered from seeing or hearing the ill-treatment of another’.

The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 stipulates that a child who sees, hears, or experiences the effects of domestic abuse, and is related to the person being abused or the person perpetrating the abuse, is also regarded as a victim of domestic abuse for the purposes of the Act.

Throughout the day participants will interact with a range of immersive VR scenarios, bringing to life the experiences of children and adolescents who have been involved with Domestic Abuse incidents.

The course will cover:

  • Start, Introductions, learning agreement & expectations
  • What Is the difference between Parental Conflict and Domestic Abuse?
  • Exploration of the Domestic Abuse Bill, Power and Control and Clare’s Law
  • Gender and other perceptions in DA
  • Why DA is a significant issue
  • Myths and assumptions around DA
  • Impact of DA on children and young people
  • DA and it’s impact on child development and brain architecture
  • The consequences for a child or young person
  • Young people and  potential DA within their relationships
  • What works in promoting good outcomes for children in need who eperience DA
  • Learning from Serious Case Reviews
  • Disclosures
  • Information on external services available

This course is delivered by our expert facilitators who will bring their first hand experience and tailor the course to suit your learning needs.

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This course includes:

  • Case studies
  • Group work
  • Resources

Benefits of the course:

  • Up-to-date and in line with the key legislation and guidance in the UK
  • No pre requisites needed to join this course
  • Delivery from professional and expert facilitators in the field

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