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Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Early Intervention Training for Professionals – it’s everyone’s business

What we offer

People affected by domestic abuse or sexual violence exist in all areas of society. We provide training for all professionals across all sectors. All training incorporates a Think Family Approach and will be delivered in three parts.

Types of support:

  • Level 1 Awareness Raising: (Half Day) – this course provides domestic abuse and sexual violence awareness for professionals in generic services to understand what constitutes domestic abuse, stalking and harassment and sexual violence. It includes the signs, risk factors, safeguarding responses, managing concerns and making appropriate referrals.This is aimed at those with little or no previous training or professional experience in domestic abuse and sexual violence.

  • Level 2 – Targeted: (Full Day) –this course is designed to help develop an understanding of what constitutes domestic abuse, sexual violence, stalking and harassment. Professionals will be given guidance in recognising the signs, indicators and behaviours, risk factors and the impact on victims and children and the appropriate safeguarding responses; carrying out immediate crisis and safety planning processes; understanding Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC), key agencies and their process and referral pathways; increasing awareness of sexual abuse, including Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), and awareness of learning gained from Domestic Homicide Reviews (DHRs).
  • This is available to those who work in the health sector, those working in an education setting and those who work in a safeguarding role. It is aimed at those who are working directly with people affected by domestic abuse, who want to further develop  their knowledge and understanding of the scope of domestic abuse and sexual violence and how to appropriately respond and refer to local services.

  • Level 3 – Specialist: (2 half days) –this course is designed to raise awareness of DASV perpetrators to be able to carry out the process. It will consider the signs, indicators, behaviours, risk factors and impact on victims and children and the appropriate safeguarding response; the ability to deliver routine enquiries and complete Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) DASH Risk Indicator Checklist (RIC) for identified victims; immediate crisis and safety planning; awareness of MARAC and key agencies and processes; awareness of perpetrator typologies and implications for practice and awareness and learning from DHRs and CSE and implications for own practice.This should be attended by professionals who work in the health sector, education settings and professionals who work in a safeguarding role. This is for those who will be completing the DASH form as part of their role and have responsibility for directly dealing with disclosures of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

  • Parental Conflict Briefing (30 mins) – A briefing session covering the definition of Parental Conflict and providing information on Level 1 and Level 2 Parental Conflict workshops that can be booked separately/additionally.

  • Parental Conflict Level 1 (2hrs 30mins) -Clarifying the threshold for domestic abuse. It is essential that frontline practitioners understand the difference between domestic abuse and parental conflict and how to refer to other services if needed.
    • Developing a better understanding of parental conflict and the impact on children
    • Recognising and identifying the impact of parental conflict on children
    • Exploring the importance of early involvement and the impact on outcomes for children

  • Parental Conflict Level 2 (2hrs 30mins) – Exploring active listening, empathy and questioning for:
    • Developing the knowledge, skills and behaviours of frontline practitioners in supporting families in distress through destructive Parental conflict
    • Introducing tools and techniques for engaging in early intervention conversations
    • Providing an opportunity for structured practice and feedback in working with parents in conflict situations
    • Practitioners feeling more confident to identify where relationship distress exists and exploring the causes of conflict with parents to support them in developing ways of communicating that are more constructive, or refer to appropriate specialist services where necessary.

  • Bystander Training (90 mins) – Do you want to know how to be an active bystander but don’t know where to start?Then this course could be for you.This 90-minute interactive course will enable you to;
    • Understand the term domestic abuse in all its forms
    • Understand how domestic abuse impacts on our communities
    • Discuss stereotypes and preconceptions
    • Understand what is an active bystander , the bystander effect and the role of the bystander in the prevention of violence
    • Identity a range of tools for bystanders to safely support/challenge others
    • Respond to a person who discloses domestic abuse

  • Courageous Conversations Training (3hr 30mins) – Delivered via Zoom and aimed at professionals and practitioners working with or potentially working with people engaging in/affected by Domestic Abuse – This course will equip/enable professionals working in Cornwall to identify, respond and have meaningful conversations with people who are affected by Domestic Abuse.

Training dates can be accessed here.

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