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

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Admin Contact
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Target Audience
Probation Service
target audience
Course Types
Workshop, Virtual Classroom, Course
Course categories
ESCC Assessment & Care Management / Safeguarding Adults Board Multi-Agency Training / ESCC Staff / Early Years and Childcare / Schools and Governors / Public Sector Partners (eg NHS, Police, Probation)
Domestic Abuse / Safeguarding Adults
Course description

This live interactive virtual classroom is delivered through Microsoft Teams.

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 and links) or you may be turned away. You will also need to attend the full two days in order to get your certificate.

Important. Please see "Additional Information" via the Full details tab for joining instructions.

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 harassment (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

Joining Instructions

This course is delivered using Microsoft Teams. Once you have successfully booked a place on this course, full joining instructions and guidance will be provided as downloadable links at the bottom of your confirmation email. Please ensure you block out the time in your calendar and keep the email in a safe place.

Please check your spam/junk mail folders for expected emails not showing in your inbox and take action to ensure these get delivered to your inbox in future.

Please ensure you are logged in and ready to go at least 15 minutes before the start of the course so you allow some time to resolve and technical issues, as we are unable to provide assistance on the day.


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

Domestic Abuse - Foundation Module 1: What is domestic abuse? (Module 1 of 3)
Domestic Abuse - Foundation Module 2: Impact and building resilience, and barriers to seeking support (Module 2 of 3)
Domestic Abuse - Foundation Module 3: Risk identification, assessment and management (Module 3 of 3)

The modules can be accessed via the above links or 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.

Start Date
Tuesday 25 January 2022
End Date
Tuesday 1 February 2022
Closing Date
Thursday 20 January 2022
09:30 - 16:30
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