Safe & Together™ Model Overview  — Sheffield City Council

Safe & Together™ Model Overview — Sheffield City Council

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St Mary's Community Centre

Bramall Lane

Highfield

S2 4QZ

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Learn how principles and components of the Safe & Together™ Model, a perpetrator pattern-based approach, guide practice in various roles.

About this event

1 Day Overview Training

Sheffield City Council, United Kingdom

Monday, 20 June 2022 — 9:30 AM-4:30 PM

Training Details

Since 2020 Sheffield has been rolling out the Safe and Together model. Fieldwork social workers are all completing the Safe and Together 4 day Core Training – with nearly 200 trained so far.

This training is for social care managers and safeguarding staff in partner agencies to provide an introduction to, and overview of, the Safe & Together Model. The presentation provides participants with information about creating a domestic abuse-informed family serving system, the principles and components of the Safe & Together Model and information about the framework behind competency-building in a family serving system around domestic abuse.

Trainer – Steve Lock

Steve has been a child protection social worker for 30 years and a Safe and Together trainer for the last 5 years. He has a Masters Degree in both Social Work and Child Protection. Steve has worked as a practitioner in England, Scotland and Queensland (Australia). In Queensland (Domestic Violence Practice Leader, 2015-2022) he co-led the state adoption and implementation of the Safe and Together framework across the child protection system. Steve was also prominent in building Community of Practice and research (Professor Cathy Humphreys) informed work across Queensland. This work included the establishment of the ‘Walking With Dads’ model in Child Safety teams in the state. In 2022 Steve returned to the UK and is now based in Jersey in the Channel Isles. One of the strengths of the Safe & Together Model is to provide a shared language and approach and improve cross system collaboration.

We are welcoming our partners to join us so that we can support the development of a shared approach to this complex and challenging issue. Traditionally survivors, usually mothers, have been held responsible for the impact of domestic abuse on their children. There has been a tendency to focus on their decision making, rather than the perpetrator’s pattern of coercive control, as being the primary risk and safety concern for children. Often there are expectations that they will show that they are protective by carrying out drastic actions which significantly impact the child and family functioning, like moving home, ending the relationship or calling the police. Often our systems fail to see the myriad other efforts they undertake to keep their children safe and provide a stable, nurturing and healing environment. Conversely, there has been a lack of accountability for perpetrators in our systems; both as domestic abuse perpetrators and for their role as fathers in families. Without a shared approach to this complex issue, cross system collaboration is challenging, and our siloed responses can fail to provide the outcomes our families need.

The Safe & Together Model aims to help change the conversation about how we work with families impacted by domestic violence perpetrator’s behaviours. It is an internationally recognised suite of tools and interventions designed to help family serving systems’ professionals become domestic abuse-informed. Continuously refined through years of experience of implementing the Model globally this evidence-based practice can help improve competencies and cross-system collaboration. The Safe & Together Model, as a systems change framework, offers language, thinking and practices that help increase accountability for perpetrators as parents, reduce victim blaming and improve outcomes for children and families.

This child-centered model derives its name from the concept that children are best served when we can work toward keeping them safe and together with the nonoffending parent - the adult domestic abuse survivor. The Safe & Together Model provides a framework for partnering with domestic abuse survivors and intervening with domestic abuse perpetrators in order to enhance the safety and wellbeing of children. Training in Safe & Together it is being widely adopted across the UK, Australia and the United States.

Target Staff:

This training is designed for professionals who do not require the full 4-Day CORE training, but require some knowledge on Safe & Together.

The primary audience for the 1-Day Overview is designed for professionals who may come into contact with children and families affected by domestic abuse, but who may not necessarily hold a caseload directly linked to domestic abuse, such as; nursery staff, Education staff, housing staff, Police, GP’s, mental health professionals, support worker staff.

This training is also open to professionals who do work directly and routinely with children and families affected by domestic abuse, but who may want a refresher on this training.

Learning Outcome:

• To introduce a perpetrator pattern framework

• To introduce and understand the Safe &Together model principles and

• components and how those guide practice in various roles

• To introduce how to use the Safe & Together model as a way to enhance

• good practice in various roles

• To share information about the range of activities and offerings from the

• Safe & Together Institute.

Questions

Vicky Everall

victoria.everall@sheffield.gov.uk

About Safe & Together™ Model Overview Training

This one-day experiential training is an introduction to, and overview of, the Safe & Together Model. It gives the foundation for domestic violence-informed practice by focusing on cross-cutting themes, pattern-based approach and survivor strengths.

The presentation provided participants with:

  • Information about creating a domestic violence-informed child welfare system
  • Principles and components of the Safe & Together Model
  • Information about the framework behind competency-building in child welfare around domestic violence.

Objectives

  • To introduce a perpetrator pattern framework.
  • To introduce and understand the Safe & Together Model principles and components and how those guide practice in various roles.
  • To introduce how to use the Safe & Together Model as a way to enhance good practice in various roles.
  • To share information about the range of activities and offerings from the Safe & Together Institute.

Key Topics

  • Cross-cutting themes
  • Perpetrator pattern-based approach
  • Domestic violence-informed documentation
  • Holistic assessment of survivor strengths

Target Audience

  • Social care managers
  • Domestic abuse
  • Mental health
  • Substance misuse
  • Perpetrator intervention providers
  • Police
  • Health
  • Housing

Group Size

This training has a maximum of 100 participants.

Contact Safe & Together Institute

1-860-319-0966 (USA)

safeandtogetherinstitute.com/contact