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ESCP: Domestic Abuse Training (3 Module Course)

Short URL https://governors.ealingcpd.org.uk/courses/bookings/c_detail.asp?cid=20241 
Event code SC 22/423 

This is a 3 module course designed specifically to consider professional practice and safe responses to domestic abuse and coercive control. Over the course of the 3 modules professionals will consider some of the nuances of working with domestic abuse and the challenges of keeping risk and safety central within professional practice. These 3 modules will highlight some of the competing agendas that professionals will need to navigate and will include proactive and practical responses to domestic abuse including assessment of risk and conversations with those using abusive behaviour.

Module 1 (Understanding and Responding To Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control) will discuss the understanding and response to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control. It will encourages attendees to take a detailed look at coercion and control as the underpinning dynamic of domestic abuse. It provides an insight into the lived of those who experience this abuse (including those from marginalized groups), those who perpetrate it and the professionals aiming to respond to it. Through exploring the both the differences between coercion and control, and how they interlink, attendees are encouraged to consider the challenges of both disclosing and responding to domestic abuse and coercion and control. It promotes exploration of ways in which professionals can proactively respond to domestic abuse in a way that promotes safe disclosure. Finally alongside outlining updates to the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 you will explore the impact on children as victims in their own right and the role all professionals have in promoting resilience.

Module 2 (Working with Domestic Abuse within the context of Multi Agency Working – promoting critically reflective practice) will discuss working with Domestic Abuse within the context of Multi Agency Working and promoting critically reflective practice. It will utilizes a rolling case study, (written, audio and visual) through which attendees are encouraged to consider approaches to engage victims of domestic abuse, whilst also consider the impact that competing agendas and priorities can have on this work. Some of the complexities of multi-agency working are explored and practical resources are offered to enhance critically reflective practice, assessment and the need to hold perpetrators to account within our common narratives. Risk identification and management are fully explored alongside child protection and adult safeguarding issues.

Module 3 (Understanding And Working With Perpetrators) will support understanding of working with perpetrators and how we are able to hold them accountable in practice. This module considers differing typologies of abuse and safe and appropriate responses to those using abusive behaviour with the aim of increasing professionals confidence about safe ways to engage the perpetrator in relation to safeguarding and child protection. 
Training objectives By the end of this 3 module course attendees will have:

Module 1

Increase awareness of the insidious nature of domestic abuse and the invisibility of coercion and control.
Highlight the prevalence and statistics of domestic abuse
Increase confidence to be professionally curious and to ask about domestic abuse in a way that makes it easier and safer for people to disclose.
Increase understanding of victims’ responses to domestic abuse including why they may stay in an abusive relationship
Explore the links between pregnancy and domestic abuse and the impacts on children both pre-birth and at various stages of development
Consider the professional responsibility for positively impacting the resilience of children
Explore the additional impacts on people from marginalised groups including adults with support and care needs, older people and LGBT and minority communities
Highlight the need for a multi-agency approach and roles of agencies in relation to risk identification and management
Increase knowledge of how to refer to relevant services when appropriate, including referral to local and national specialist services for victims and perpetrators.

Module 2

Explore the importance of early risk identification, intervention, and prevention
Highlight the need to adopt a holistic approach within individual practice, further develop and enhance assessment of the victim's level of fear and the impact this has on them, their parenting (if applicable) and their access to safety.
Consider the need for evidencing professional concerns to enable an informed multi agency response
Explore the need to assess risk and formulate an immediate safety plan for victims (including those supported by Adult Social Care) and children
Consider the links to defensible decision making and MSP when working with victims of domestic abuse
Consider the DASH risk assessment tool and how it can be used to assess risk for adult victims
Identify the range and pattern of behaviours that enable a perpetrator to maintain or regain control of a partner, ex-partner or family member (power and coercive control)
Identify the potential for professionals to inadvertently collude with the person using abuse and the impact that may have on victims and their safety
Highlight the barriers to disclosing abuse to a professional and leaving an abusive relationship
Increase awareness of local services/care pathways for victims and the national approach

Module 3

Enhance understanding of the challenges posed by perpetrators when assessing domestic abuse
Identify the themes of abusive behaviour and their possible motivation
Develop ways of identifying who is doing what to whom and with what consequences
Consider perpetrator tactics in relation to the risk of colluding with the perpetrator
Develop confidence regarding the most effective working practices when seeking to engage perpetrators of domestic abuse
Highlight the need to work within a context of monitoring risk and keeping safety at the focus of all practice
Provide information re local/national local services for victims and perpetrators 
Target Group  
Subject areas ESCP
Target audience All Staff, Children and Families Social Care Staff
OFSTED areas
Professional Standards
Venue Zoom, Video Conferencing, N/A map
Admin contact ESCB Training (ESCBTraining@ealing.gov.uk)
Event Commissioner ESCB Training (ESCBTraining@ealing.gov.uk)
Course Costs
Standard cost£0.00
Start date Wednesday 8 June 2022
Times 09:30 - 16:00
Number of sessions This event has 3 sessions. Click here to view session information.