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Implementation Evaluation of Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART) Scale-Up

Domestic Abuse, Recovering Together (DART) is a recovery service for children and mothers who have been exposed to domestic abuse but no longer live with the perpetrator. DART has been previously evaluated, with positive outcomes for the mothers and children who received the service (Smith, 2016). Once services like DART have been evaluated, it is part of the NSPCC’s strategy that consideration is given to whether other agencies may be able to replicate the service – a process called scale-up. This is a way of reaching and helping more children than the NSPCC would be able to do alone.

The NSPCC is in the early stages of scaling up services, with five services currently being scaled up, one of which is DART. This is the first time that the NSPCC has scaled up services and so an implementation evaluation is being undertaken of each service to understand how the process of scale-up is working and what the barriers and facilitators to scale-up are. The findings will be used to inform how the NSPCC can make scale-up more successful in future. The NSPCC has been scaling up DART since 2014. This briefing summarises early evaluation findings of the scale-up of DART.

Strategic leads, practice leads and practitioners from local authorities and voluntary organisations in scale-up sites were asked their views on the DART training, manual, programme and delivery experience.