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Tameside Gives Domestic Violence the Red Light

An innovative traffic light system is among guidance created to help adults and children in Tameside tackle domestic violence.
Tameside Council’s Children’s Services, with partners, has put together the ‘Relationship Offer’ so that those at risk know how to access the right support to stay safe.

It’s split between a document for children and one for adults, which contain information and contacts relevant to them.
The guidance is particularly useful during the Coronavirus restrictions with concerns that the lockdown is creating a rise in stressful situations and domestic abuse incidents with victims unable to leave or find help.

The traffic light system gives different advice and support depending on the level of concern.

For children, the ‘green light’ is for when things are generally alright but they have noticed problems with their parents and need someone to talk to, with contacts given such as Kooth, the online counselling website for young people, or Tameside Youth Services. The ‘amber light’ is for when things are worse than usual and parents are arguing, with additional contacts given including Childline. The ‘red light’ is for when children are very worried about their parents arguing and feel unsafe, with them directed to Children’s Social Care or the police. There is also lots of support and advice provided. Please click on the two buttons to find out more.

For adults, the ‘green light’ is for when things are generally alright but they are worried that matters in the relationship may escalate, with help available including the Access the Freedom Programme, a free online course, and mental health and parenting support teams. The ‘amber light’ is for when there are concerns about a relationship, with additional contacts including the Bridge Support Service for victims of domestic abuse. The ‘red light’ is for someone very worried about their relationship or in immediate danger, with contacts including the police, the Domestic Violence Outreach Team and other helplines. Other support provided includes a guide to managing conflict called ‘Relationship Tennis’, a directory of support services, guides on what to look out for when identifying abusers and unhealthy relationships, and how to stay safe during Covid-19. Please click onto the button to find out more.

Please note, any woman who needs to travel to find refuge from domestic violence can do so for free on any UK train. Email to access.
What to do if you are worried about a child

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If you think a child is being abused, mistreated, or you have concerns about a child’s wellbeing, please contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub, your phone call is important as it could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

During office hours, please contact the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub on 0161 342 4101.
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