Safeguarding children

Safeguarding is everyone’s business

The Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board Northamptonshire (NSCB) is responsible for ensuring that the relevant organisations in Northamptonshire cooperate to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people.

For more information about the work of LSCBN, practitioners’ training and child protection procedures please visit

For the NSCB Procedures Manual use this link: NSCB Procedures Manual

Exposure to domestic abuse may affect the physical development of children and young people from unborn babies to teenagers. It may have an impact on their psychological, emotional, social and behavioural development. It can also impact on their learning and affect the environment and context they are living in. The impact of domestic abuse on children and young people is similar to the effects of any other abuse or trauma and will depend upon such factors as:

  • The severity and nature of the violence;
  • The length of time the child is exposed to the violence;
  • Characteristics of the child’s gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, socio economic and cultural background;
  • The warmth and support the child receives in their relationship with their parent/carer, siblings and other family members;
  • The nature and length of the child’s wider relationships and social networks; and
  • The child’s capacity for and actual level of self protection.

For professionals guidelines on safeguarding children who are victims of domestic and sexual abuse as well as of Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage  please check the LSCBN website.