Child protection referrals for domestic abuse in Kent fell between 2018/19 – 2020/21

The trend for the number of child protection referrals by Kent Police, to Kent County Council Social Services, actually fell between 2018/19 – 2020/21, according to data released by the Office of National Statistics.

Although numbers fell, every referral is important, every child, man and woman matter, especially when suffering domestic abuse.

Given Kentonline compared 2019/20 to 2020/21 and screamed out the headline

NSPCC reveal child protection referrals for domestic abuse nearly quadrupled in Kent during pandemic

does not accurately show the true facts which are available from the Office of National Statistics [ONS].

It would appear from the limited data produced by ONS, that 2019/20 was an anomaly.

Also what we don’t know is – how many of these referrals were dealt with by KCC Social Services throughout the period within the graph, given many of them were working from home due to the pandemic.

Given that KCC Social Worker whistleblowers back in Dec 2021, made it clear that the number of social workers turning to alcohol has increased, is it a real possibility that the number of cases dealt with after referral fell?

Let’s not forget that Sue Grey in her report about Partygate states:

The excessive consumption of alcohol is not appropriate in a professional workplace at any time. Steps must be taken to ensure that every Government Department has a clear and robust policy in place covering the consumption of alcohol in the workplace.

Alcohol abuse by civil servants is not just common to those in No.10, but also KCC Social Workers, according to the whistleblowers.

Back on point, domestic abuse whether suffered by a child, woman or man is wrong, and perpetrators need dealing with. However, the law is rather weak in this area, but there are a number of steps one can take.

For those on low incomes and suffering domestic abuse, legal aid is available.

Also, one can obtain a Non-Molestation Order

There are organisations out there who can help and assist. They are:

Rights Of Women



For those under 18 there is the NSPCC and Childline

If you are in immediate danger please call 999.

The Shepway Vox Team

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