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Domestic abuse toolkit

This toolkit has been created for practitioners to support you to work safely and effectively with victims, children and perpetrators of domestic abuse.


This toolkit was created to ensure that all families within Salford who are experiencing domestic abuse get an expected standard level of support in line with the practitioner domestic abuse response guidance published in 2020. The toolkit is broken down into three categories:

  • Adult victims
  • Young people
  • Adult perpetrators

Within these three categories you will find support services available, resources and additional literature and research.

The resources available have been created and validated via research and are quality assured resources through safe-lives and RESPECT.

The purpose of this platform is to offer support and guidance to aid you in delivering interventions in relation to domestic abuse. These resources will be reviewed quarterly and update by Claire Baddley Domestic Abuse Operational Lead.


Salford’s Community Safety Partnership lead on Salford’s approach to identifying and responding to domestic abuse in the city, more detail can be found on Partnerships in Salford. Salford Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) are responsible for ensuring that the multi-agency approach to safeguarding children from harm is strong and improves outcomes for children and families in the city.

How to use the toolkit

Please ensure that you familiarise yourself with the domestic abuse practitioners guidance which provides an overview of expected processes and procedures to follow when engaging victims, perpetrators and children who have witnessed, experienced or perpetrated domestic abuse. The purpose of the practitioner's guidance is to ensure you have clear insight into the mandatory tools that you are required to use when completing effective safety plans and risk assessments from a whole family approach. The toolkit should be used to support your understanding of risk and strengths within the family and enable the right support to be offered at the right time. Please liaise with your line manager if you need further support around how the tools can be used in practice. If the case is complex, please request a consultation with Claire Baddley, DA Operational Lead

With consent please always make a referral to the specialist support service; Safe in Salford.

Domestic Abuse Practice Guidance

The DA practitioner guidance was created to ensure you have clear guidance on the expected pathway for engaging with families impacted by domestic abuse. The guidance is here to support you and give insight into services, resources, tools and expected process to follow when engaging with families across Salford. Please familiarise yourself with the guidance

Multi-agency training

If you require training on the DA practitioners guidance, mandatory DA tools, internal DA processes, specialist service offer and referral pathway, please see below the next available training dates. Please contact with your preferred date to confirm a space.

Children's focused services:

  • 24 November 2023
  • 9 January 2024
  • 28 February 2024
  • 21 March 2024
  • 15 April 2024
  • 14 May 2024
  • 19 June 2024

Adults focused services:

  • 15 November 2023
  • 15 January 2024
  • 13 February 2024
  • 14 March 2024
  • 19 April 2024
  • 20 May 2024
  • 26 June 2024

Each session is online, will start at 9.30am and lasts 3 hours.

Please remember you should have a designated champion within each of your services to offer support and guidance in relation to the DA Toolkit, practitioners guidance and the training package available for you to access.

If you are working on a case and have completed a DASH which meets the criteria to be heard at MARAC, you should send the completed referral form to This will then be picked up and uploaded onto Sharepoint where it will be listed at the next available MARAC – you will be informed of when this will be. Please note the referral must be on the attached form – this is a set format that is a requirement for all agencies referring into MARAC

If you have any suggestions in relation to the development of resources available, please contact

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