The Children's Independent Domestic Violence Advisor, KIDVA, supports children whose parent has been a victim of domestic violence. They make sure the best interests of the child or children are considered. Our KIDVA team will ensure the children of identified adult victims of domestic abuse are visible to local agencies from the point of crisis and onwards during the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) process. 

A KIDVA will:

  • Support the notification and sharing of information between key agencies in respect of domestic abuse.
  • Ensure that the needs of children are addressed by appropriate adults caring for them
  • Provide a high quality specialist, innovative support service thereby reducing risks and improving outcomes.
  • Promote a consistent response to children's needs.
  • Work closely with the Police to share information with education providers.
  • Deliver training to the nominated key adults or DSP in the school.
  • Maintain contact with nominated lead as the recipient of this information relating to the child or young person who had been involved in a domestic incident

The aim of our service is to provide:

  • a child-centre approach where children have a voice.
  • a vital link between statutory and other services.
  • one to one support and advocacy to ensure that the needs of the children are addressed by those responsible for their safety and well-being.
  • increased visibility of vulnerable children and increased family engagement.
  • close working with Police and schools, ensuring a child-centred approach at all times.