Are you a professional and are you worried about someone? Do you think he or she is a victim of violence or uses violence himself or herself? This means you could be faced with a dilemma. Should I report this or will this harm the relationship of trust that I have built? By seeking advice from us, you’re not alone! We can then discuss whether it’s necessary to make a report or not. As a professional, you are responsible for getting help. When doing so, use the Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Reporting Code.
- Step 1 Map out the signs
- Step 2 Discuss with a colleague and, if necessary, consult Safe Home
- Step 3 Enter into dialogue with those involved
- Step 4 Weigh the nature and seriousness of the violence. Use the assessment framework.
- Step 5 Make two decisions: is reporting necessary? Is providing or organising help an option?
Call us for advice
Do you want advice and/or talk to someone to share your thoughts with, or to check whether you’re doing the right thing? You can speak to us by calling our direct line 088 – 880 50 14. Calls are free. You will be redirected to the Safe Home organisation in South Limburg. Alternatively, you can contact us via the contact page. You’ll decide in consultation with a Safe Home employee whether further steps are needed and what they are.
During a consultation, we don’t need to know the name of the person you are calling about. Ultimately, your request for advice will be registered in our system in your name. As a professional, you’re free to ask for advice and hold peer-to-peer consultations, without having to inform your client/patient/pupil about this.
Reporting and the Reporting Code
Do you want to report suspicions of domestic violence and/or child abuse in writing? You can do so by completing the report form for professionals.. You’ll immediately enter a portal of the client tracking system of Safe Home South Limburg, which guarantees privacy of the report. The introduction to the reporting form contains a brief explanation of the process and the minimum information required to make a report.
Based on the completed reporting form, an employee of Safe Home South-Limburg will contact you. Together you will decide if you are seeking advice, or whether you would like to submit an approved report.
On the reporting code for professionals page, you can read everything about the reporting code and about making a report to Safe Home South Limburg. Here, you will also find information about the child check and the KNMG medical reporting code.
Information exchange is an important part of our work. Without information, we cannot do any transfers of responsibility nor will we be able to seek alignment or conduct investigations in relation to domestic violence and child abuse. Without information exchange it would also not be possible to form a picture of any safety and/or development issues. That’s why, as an organisation, we are legally authorised to request and share information for the purpose of the investigation.
Safe Home does not require permission from those directly involved to register a report, to collect information, to store it and to provide it to third parties.
As a professional, you can have information that is relevant to an investigation or safety assessment. If the (immediate) safety of a patient is (or may be) at stake, it is important to make the necessary information available to Safe Home when requested to do so in the context of (y)our legal duties (and in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)). This way, the pieces of the puzzle can start falling into place and efforts can be made to restore/maintain the safety of the client/patient with maximum effect.
Radar function Safe Home
After a report has been made, Safe Home has a legal duty to investigate whether there is indeed a situation of domestic violence or child abuse and, if necessary, to call in the appropriate social or help services. Domestic violence and child abuse often involve problems that have been going on for some time. They are usually not isolated, one-off events.
Therefore it is important that signs and suspicions of domestic violence and child abuse are always reported. This act of reporting is aimed at ensuring that clear signs are known to Safe Home, so Safe Home can combine these with other signs, now and in the future. By bringing together information from different sources (and at different times), Safe Home has the strongest base for assessment of these signs . By also focusing on monitoring cases, Safe Home keeps track of how safety is developing and whether the prescribed interventions lead to sufficient results.
As a professional, you are expected to always report clear signs or suspicions of child abuse and domestic violence to Safe Home in accordance with the assessment framework drawn up by your profession. This is included in the Reporting Code for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse .
You can read more about this in the fact sheet about the purpose and operation of our radar function.
Youth Referral Index (VIR)
The At Risk Youth Referral Index (VIR) is a national tool aimed at intensifying mutual collaboration between professionals. The Referral Index is a system in which social workers and other professionals register the personal data of young people and young adults (up to 23 years of age) about whom they are concerned. This registration does not contain any substantive information, but does reveal which other social worker may be actively involved with the situation of this child or young person.
It provides social workers within different organisations insight into each other’s involvement with a young individual. The use of the referral index contributes to more effective collaboration between social workers and municipalities. Thanks to the reports in the VIR, social workers can tell whether a child is known to a colleague, so they can discuss the best approach together.
Signs of Domestic Violence
The website domestic violence contains an overview of factsheets on specific target groups and forms of domestic violence and child abuse. The purpose of the fact sheets is to help professionals who work with the Reporting Code on Domestic Violence and Child Abuse to identify specific forms of violence and to provide information about what to do in the event of signs being present.
You can find further information on our page Leaflets and Lists of Indicators.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How does the Safe Home radar function relate to the At Risk Youths Referral Index (VIR)?
- Will I hear anything back once I have made a report?
- What is the assessment framework and where can I find it?
- Who is subject to the reporting code?
- Can I report to Safe Home South Limburg anonymously?
- How can I make a report?
- As a doctor or professional, am I allowed to talk to Safe Home about the concerns that I have?
- Who I can share my concerns with?