Working with families experiencing domestic abuse

Our working with families course will improve your understanding of how domestic abuse impacts on the family as a whole, and how you can improve the support you offer domestic abuse victims and their families.

The course will consider different typologies of violence in families and the impact it can have on children – from birth to adolescence. It will look at how experiencing and perpetrating abuse can impact on parenting and will give learners the skills to address this in a non-blaming way.  The course will also look at the risk factors for abuse, how to assess risk, and how to address families living with abuse.  We will consider learnings from serious case reviews as well as how to work with other agencies in order to ensure the best outcomes for victims and their children. 

Following the course learners will have a greater understanding of the range of domestic abuse in a family setting and its implications for all family members.  They will also be able to identify the risks to children living with domestic abuse.  Learners will also feel confident about completing a SafeLives Dash risk checklist, working with other agencies to develop multi-agency plans to support victims, and making a referral to a multi-agency risk assessment conference (Marac).

The course provides a mix of theoretical understanding, reflection and practical skills and tools.  It is suitable for anyone working with families, including social workers, Troubled Families teams, family support workers, and Cafcass officers.

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