Understanding and Responding to Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse (Module 3)

Date & Time:

Friday 15 July 2022 (09:15 - 16:30)

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If this course is virtual a link will be sent before the course start date direct from the trainer (Sarah Wigley Associates). 

 It is a pre-requsite that you must have attended Modules 1, Understanding and Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control (Module 1)  and 2, Working with Those Who Are, or May Be Experiencing Domestic Abuse & Coercive Control (Modle 2) prior to attending this course.

Understanding and Responding to Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse

Ethos informing this training:  Professionals working with the whole family often have less focus on the perpetrator of domestic abuse for many reasons.  It is not unusual to hear professionals focus on the non-abusive parent as opposed to focussing on the perpetrator and the active parenting choices they make.

Overall Aim: Nationally there is a drive to hold perpetrators accountable for their behaviours and the harm this causes to adults and children.  In order for professionals to consider accountability within a contextual framework, they need to feel confident about safe ways to engage the perpetrator in relation to safeguarding and child protection. This course presents a framework for the assessment of differing typologies of domestic abuse, along with best practice messages regarding safe and unsafe interventions so that professionals can apply an evidence based approach to responding to perpetrators of domestic abuse.

Delegates: professionals working with families experiencing domestic abuse whose role involves communication with perpetrators of domestic abuse. This may include social workers, team managers and family workers working within the ‘early help’ arena.

1.       Identify the themes of abusive behaviour and their possible motivation

2.       Develop ways of identifying who is doing what to whom and with what             consequences

3.       Enhance understanding of the challenges posed by perpetrators when assessing domestic abuse

4.       Consider professional responsibility to hold perpetrators to account

5.       Consider perpetrator tactics in relation to the risk of colluding with the perpetrator

6.       Develop confidence regarding the  most effective working practices when seeking to engage perpetrators of domestic abuse

7.       Highlight the need to work within a context of monitoring risk and keeping safety at the focus of all practice

BSCP Instructions to Delegates Attending Face to Face Training:

For our socially distanced face to face courses…

  • Please follow social distancing guidelines when attending the venue and show consideration for your fellow delegates.
  • If you would like to, feel free to wear a mask for your own protection. When doing so please make a conscious effort to communicate clearly when you are sharing in group discussions, and bear in mind that much of your natural facial expressions will be hidden from the Trainer and fellow delegates.
  • Please note that refreshments will most likely NOT be available during these courses and so we encourage you to bring your flasks for hot drinks and snacks with you for breaktimes. As usual, it’s important to plan well if you want to leave the venue at lunch time to purchase food.

For our virtual courses…

  • Virtual Courses will take place via Microsoft Teams and - to a lesser extent – Zoom.
  • Please read the course information, confirmations and any follow up emails carefully during and after your booking process, and follow the instructions for receiving or locating the link to the course. Virtual courses have been re-designed from their usual face to face format, and so some alterations such as the requirement to complete pre-course work (in some instances) are in place for you.
  • If your organisation allows it, Microsoft Teams should be downloaded on your device and you should know how to use it prior to training.
  • For staff who cannot download Zoom (eg Birmingham Children’s Trust Staff), it will not be necessary to download the Zoom program in order to attend the virtual session.”

When joining a Zoom call:

  • Join the call using a browser (internet explorer or Edge) – you must not download the Zoom software  
  • You must not transfer information to the group on the call (such as files etc.) via Zoom.
  • If this is a new partner you are working with you may need to consider if attendees are required to complete a confidentiality agreement (this is separate from the use of Zoom etc.)

It is very important that if you book a place but later cannot attend that you cancel your place at least 14 days before the event date.  This will enable the place to be offered to delegates on the waiting list and will avoid any non attendance charges being made to your organisation.  Cancellation requests outside of 14 days should be emailed to bscp.contactus@birminghamchildrenstrust.co.uk; 

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Sarah Wigley Associates

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A link to join the meeting will be sent before the course start date.  (Please note you should check your junk email if you have not received the link by the day before the course).