Adopting a Whole Family Approach to Domestic Abuse and Promoting Safety - Professional Level Workshop

East Sussex Training & Development Centre (St Mary's House), St Mary's House, St Leonard's Road
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Target Audience
Children's Services Staff (ESCC) / Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers / Newly Qualified Social Workers / Police Staff / Probation Service / SENCO's / SEND Practitioners / Youth Workers
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Course description

This popular course is essential for practitioners from Children's Services and Adult Social Care, education, early help, the police and health, to review, update and consolidate core knowledge about domestic abuse. 

This two day ‘professional level’ workshop is part of the domestic abuse thematic learning pathway and will give an overarching and updated view on current research, theory and practice in the field. It is relevant for all East Sussex children's services practitioners working with children, young people and families assessed as level 3 or 4 on the Continuum of Need.

Important note: You will need to have undertaken all three foundation level domestic abuse e-learning modules prior to attending this course (see additional information under full details) or you may be turned away.


Training objectives

Learning Objectives:

The training will focus on the following learning objectives: 

  • To understand the changing perspectives in domestic abuse including the adoption of a whole family approach and the impact of domestic abuse on children, parenting and adults in their own right.

  • To explore trajectories into becoming a victim and/or perpetrator of domestic abuse and including the General Aggression Model.

  • To explore different dynamics of domestic abuse and the impacts of this for assessment, safety planning and intervention, including domestic abuse, stalking, and harrasment (DASH).

  • Consideration about the effect of mental health and substance misuse issues and domestic abuse.

Learning outcomes

This is a dynamic and interactive course that will increase staff skill base in assessment, intervention and safety planning.

It includes considering the diverse range of people affected by domestic abuse and its impact; thinking about the different dynamics present in abusive relationships; looking at specific issues related to victims and perpetrators; and exploring interventions
to reduce risk including systemic safety planning.

By the end of the ‘foundation’ eLearning and 2 day ‘professional’ workshop course participants will feel more confident to
promote safety and change for victims, perpetrators and children. Specifically participants will:

  • Have a contemporary understanding of the range of different behaviours that can constitute domestic abuse.

  • Have an understanding of the potential impact of domestic abuse on children and young people.

  • Have knowledge of legislation, safety planning principles and processes when working with suspected domestic abuse cases including DASH and risk indicator checklist (RIC).

  • Be able to apply knowledge of the role of other professionals in the identification of both child and adult need and prevention of risk when planning interventions.

  • Have considered how this knowledge can be applied to work with the whole family involved in domestic abuse, including perpetrators where appropriate, to develop and implement a Safety Plan.

Additional Information


All participants must complete three short ‘foundation’ eLearning modules in advance of attending the two day
workshop. These are: 

  • Domestic Abuse: What is Domestic Abuse? (Module 1 of 3)
  • Domestic Abuse: Impact and building resilience, and barriers to seeking support (Module 2 of 3)
  • Domestic Abuse: risk identification, assessment and management (Module 3 of 3) 

The modules can be accessed via the East Sussex Learning Portal that you used to book your place on the course. Please log on via  Then select eLearning > Children’s Workforce > Safeguarding. You will then
be able to select the three Domestic Abuse modules.

Lunch is not provided with this course, only tea and coffee.


Start Date
Tuesday 8 October 2019
End Date
Tuesday 15 October 2019
Closing Date
Thursday 3 October 2019
09:30 - 16:30
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 East Sussex Training & Development Centre (St Mary's House), St Mary's House
Start Date
Tuesday 8 October 2019
 09:30 - 16:30
 East Sussex Training & Development Centre (St Mary's House), St Mary's House
Start Date
Tuesday 15 October 2019
 09:30 - 16:30