Adult Probation has an important role to play in child welfare
by David Mandel
Dr. Katreena Scott (recently returned from supporting the implementation of her Caring Dads curriculum in the UK) shared with me a comprehensive UK statutory guide on inter-agency child welfare collaboration. Browsing the document I was struck by this item: “Probation services supervise offenders with the aim of reducing re-offending and protecting the public. By working with offenders who are parents/carers, Offender Managers can safeguard and promote the welfare of children. Probation areas/Trusts will also…ensure support for victims, and indirectly children in the family, of convicted perpetrators of domestic abuse participating in accredited domestic abuse programmes.” (p. 10).
I really like the clear and simple identification that Adult Probation has a role to play in the welfare of children. In the US, I would love to see more attention paid by Adult Probation to domestic violence perpetrators as parents, and more collaboration in the US between child welfare and Adult Probation around the safety and well-being of children in domestic violence cases.