2022 Edition

Domestic Violence Services (CA-DV) 7: Promoting Child Well-Being

The organization works with survivors to support and promote the well-being of their children.
NA The organization does not serve survivors who have children.




Individuals who receive Domestic Violence Services gain a sense of empowerment, improve their well-being, and increase their ability to live safely and independently.
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice Standards.
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
  • Procedures need strengthening; or
  • With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
  • For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
  • Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
  • Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards. Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
  • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Timeframes are often missed; or
  • Several client records are missing important information; or
  • Client participation is inconsistent. 
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice Standards; e.g.,
  • No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or 
  • Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.      
Self-Study EvidenceOn-Site EvidenceOn-Site Activities
  • Procedures for referring children to services
  • Policy prohibiting corporal punishment
  • Procedures for evaluating educational needs and collaborating with schools, if applicable
  • Procedures for obtaining clearance to participate in athletic activities
  • Community resource and referral list
  • Interviews may include:
    1. Program director
    2. Relevant personnel
    3. Survivors, and their children if appropriate
  • Review case records


CA-DV 7.01

To promote child well-being, the organization supports survivors’ efforts to care for and nurture their children, and:
  1. offers age-appropriate programming that meets children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs; or
  2. links children with appropriate services offered by other community providers.
Examples: Appropriate programming and services can include play groups, recreational activities, educational activities, counselling, and therapeutic services.

Fundamental Practice

CA-DV 7.02

To promote positive parenting practices, the organization:

  1. establishes a policy that prohibits corporal punishment of children by parents and safe home providers;
  2. ensures all parents and safe home providers are informed of this policy; and
  3. promotes and educates parents and safe home providers about alternatives to corporal punishment.


CA-DV 7.03

Organizations providing shelter or safe home services evaluate the educational status and needs of school-age children and youth and:
  1. inform survivors of their children’s educational rights;
  2. help survivors coordinate educational services with relevant school districts; and
  3. assist children and youth to stay current with the curricula.
NA The organization does not provide shelter or safe home services.

Fundamental Practice

CA-DV 7.04

The organization evaluates children and youth for their ability to participate in athletic activities and obtains: 
  1. a written, signed permission slip from their parents or legal guardians; 
  2. a medical records release; and/or
  3. a signed document from a qualified medical professional stating that the child or youth is physically capable of participating.
NA The organization does not offer athletic activities.


CA-DV 7.05

When a survivor’s children are involved with child protective services, and with the survivor’s permission, the organization collaborates with the child protective services agency to:
  1. provide needed education about the dynamics of domestic violence;
  2. ensure that family problems are addressed in a cohesive and comprehensive manner; and
  3. promote the best interests of both survivors and their children.
NA The organization does not serve survivors whose children are involved with child protective services.