Domestic Violence and Abuse Training Courses

The Devon Children’s Safeguarding Board and Devon Adult’s Safeguarding Board jointly manage Devon’s commissioned Domestic Violence and Abuse Safeguarding Training as part of their overall safeguarding training programmes across Devon.  These are accessible to all front-line Workers and Managers in Devon.  Agencies outside Devon are also welcome to attend although there will be very much a Devon focus on working practices.

Courses are delivered by a specialist team of Trainers who have been delivering Domestic Violence and Abuse Training in Devon for over 10 years.

The aim of the programmes is to raise awareness and explore potential ways of dealing with the issue in your professional practice.  However, you need to be aware that the subject matter is powerful and can at times be challenging.  It would be advisable to discuss attendance on the course with your Manager so you can jointly identify any support needs that you might have.

The following courses are available:

Part 1 Understanding Domestic Abuse

Description:

This one day multi-agency course will examine current knowledge and information regarding Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA), equipping Practitioners with the skills they need, to offer help and support, to those accessing their services who are experiencing it.  This course is practical and user-friendly.  Participants will experience an enjoyable and productive workshop involving group discussion and participative exercises.

Brief Outline:

The aims of the course are to raise awareness:

  • of the impact of abusive relationships
  • increase understanding of how best to offer  help and support and raise standards of practice both individually and collectively.

Who should attend:

Universal Services.  This course is for anyone in contact with people within their role.

Course Outcomes:

By the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the extent of DVA within our society and the effects that abuse can have within intimate relationships
  • Explore strategies and practices to protect and safeguard those experiencing DVA
  • Practice using appropriate interventions

This course is a Pre-Requisite for both Parts 2 and 3

 

Part 2 Responding to Domestic Abuse

Description:

This one day multi-agency course is designed for Frontline Practitioners or working with individuals particularly those who are parents, children or families, and will examine safe practice when dealing with domestic violence and abuse (DVA).  The course will examine specific risk factors associated with DVA and equip Practitioners with the confidence, knowledge and skills to use an evidence based tool to address and manage risk in conjunction with the appropriate multi-agency risk management systems in Devon (MASH/MARAC).

Brief Outline:

The aims of the course are to raise awareness:

  • of the impact of abusive relationships within families, considering specifically how children may be affected.
  • The course also aims to increase understanding of the specific risk associated with DVA
  • including how best to manage them in the context of multi-agency working, raising standards of practice both individually and collectively.

Who should attend:

Multi-Agency Frontline Practitioners who work with adults who are parents, families, children and young people and for delegates who have attended Part 1: Understanding Domestic Abuse.  This course is essential for anyone with lead safeguarding responsibilities

Course Outcomes:

By the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of specific risk factors associated with DVA and appreciate the ways victims and their children may have to behave to manage their safety
  • Use an evidence based tool to establish levels of risk in DVA situations and working appropriate multi-agency systems
  • Consider the ongoing role of supporting families experiencing DVA including practices which will safeguard and protect them.

 

Part 3 Challenging Domestic Abuse

Description:

This one day course will examine the behaviour of individuals who use abuse in relationships and will enable participants to apply appropriate interventions.  This course is practical and user-friendly.  Participants will experience an enjoyable and productive workshop involving group discussion and participative exercises

Brief Outline:

The aims of the course are to raise awareness:

  • To increase the safety of victims and children
  • To increase the level of accountability of those using abusive behaviour by naming it within the context of an unhealthy relationship
  • To increase engagement of Practitioners with those behaving abusively

Who should attend:

All frontline Practitioners working with adults and families for delegates who have attended Part 1 Understanding Domestic Abuse

Course outcomes:

By the conclusion of the course participants will be able to:

  • identify the themes of abusive behaviour and their possible motivation
  • recognise the challenges posed by perpetrators when assessing DVA
  • identify interpersonal skills necessary to engage with those that may be using abusive behaviour
  • consider how to avoid collusion with abusive behaviour
  • know the specialist local projects and an overview of the work they do including how to contact them
  • increase your awareness of multi-agency best practice in relation to DVA
  • work within a context of monitoring risk and keeping safety at the focus of all practice

Funding/Cancellation Policy

You must have the agreement of your Manager or Funding Agency to attend this course, unless you wish to attend in a self-funding capacity.  Please note that if payment is not received for delegates from non-partner agencies 4 weeks before the course is due to run your place will be cancelled.

Please make yourself aware of the cancellation policy  before booking a place as cancellations with less than 4 week’s notice of the course date will incur a charge unless a substitute is found.

For full details of all courses, dates that are available and to book a place please click here