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DBS checks

A check carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service which sets out a record of a person’s criminal convictions and cautions. Typically used as part of a recruitment process where an individual is looking to work with children or vulnerable adults.


A court order setting out the steps the parties must take to prepare their case so that a hearing can take place. This will typically involve the parties filing statements and expert evidence.

Dispute Resolution Appointment (DRA)

The hearing following the preparation of a child welfare report (usually a section 7 prepared by CAFCASS) or other expert report. The court will identify and try to resolve the key issues and give directions to enable the case to be listed for a final hearing.

Domestic abuse

The Home Office definition is: any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse: psychological; physical; sexual; financial; emotional.

Domestic Abuse Perpetrator programme

Behaviour-change programmes for people who use violence and abuse towards their (ex) partners.

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