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Research tells us that victims can go to as many as five agencies before they find appropriate help, advice and support.  By having Domestic Abuse (DA) Champions in many agencies the aim is to dramatically reduce this number and provide a more joined up approach. In order to work effectively with victims and to ensure their safety, professionals need to have a common understanding of the issues and have the ability to co-ordinate their efforts and work more efficiently. We need to disseminate a good understanding of domestic violence among professionals in all agencies in a way that ensures that the information is of a good quality and up to date.

The Champion is seen as the lead for domestic abuse issues within their agency or unit and acts as the contact in and out of that unit/agency. They will be able to advise their colleagues on management of individual cases and ensure that they are aware of and have access to local resources and support. Champions will understand how other Champions can assist in supporting, helping and advising a victim of domestic abuse and their dependants.

In Oxfordshire we have trained approximately 1700 Champions from over 200 agencies/organisations since the project started in 2008, delivering a wide range of services. We currently have over 1000 active champions and this number is constantly growing. There are network meetings run in each district which helps Champions add to their knowledge and to build those professional and personal relationships which will support them joining the ‘virtual’ team.

This model is now also being replicated in Buckinghamshire, West Berkshire, Milton Keynes and the London Borough of Havering. Cumbria, Norfolk and Hertfordshire Councils have also commissoned us to support the development of their own network.We would also like to welcome Slough to the network.

Champions' surveys

The Champions network runs as a 'vitual team'; this can sometimes make it difficult to demonstrate what outcomes are achieved.

In order to build an evidence base around the effectiveness of the network, we carried out a survey in 2014 and 2015. Initially we set up a focus group to make sure that we would be asking the right questions of the network, and also conducted one-to-one interviews with a cross section of Champions from several different agencies. 

Would you like to join a Champions' Network?

If so:

  1. read our champions information leaflet
     
  2. complete the Community Domestic Abuse Champions application form

Upcoming Training Dates

These dates are listed (by local authority) for the benefit of those who have already completed our application form but who have been waiting for new training dates to be released, or who are already trained but need refresher training, or who are already trained and looking for network meetings in their area.

If you have not yet applied, then when you complete the form you will be able to choose from any of the currently available dates in your area and do NOT need to send a separate email about training dates.

Oxfordshire

Oxon Champions Training 2017

Use the DA Champion application form link above to apply for these courses
  • October 4th & 5th, 2017- Oxfordshire Mind, Abingdon- Sorry- NOW FULL
  • November 1-2, 2017 - County Hall, Oxford- Sorry- NOW FULL

  • February 22-23, 2018 - County Hall, Oxford- Sorry- NOW FULL

If you apply via the application form and select the option to wait for a convenient date, we'll let you know when new courses are scheduled and become available. Our waiting list gets first pick!

Oxon Champion Refresher Training Day

We have taken the decision to use the last two county networking dates as Refresher training sessions. If you are a trained DA Champion and feel you need to refresh your knowledge, click on the appropriate link below to book a place. These will take place 9:30am to 12:30pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 5th December, 2017 at SOHA, Didcot- CLICK HERE to book a place 

  • Monday 5th February, 2018- County Hall, Oxford- CLICK HERE to book a place

Oxon DASH Training,

For Oxfordshire county council staff please go to IBC booking system - next training date is 8th August,1st December 2017 and 18 Januaray 2018

Oxon Champions Network Meetings​

Tuesday 10th October, 2017- Home security month- Cottsway Housing, Witney- 9:30- 12:30

Guest Speaker, yet to be arranged but we intend to cover Sanctuary Schemes, Risk management and Safety Planning. CLICK HERE if you're a DA Champ and you'd like to attend.

Tuesday December 5th, 2017, SOHA, Didcot 9:30-12:30

This will be a Refresher morning for any Oxon DA Champs.  CLICK HERE if you'd like to attend.

Monday 5th February, 2018- County Hall, Oxford 9:30- 12:30

This will be a Refresher morning for any Oxon DA Champs. CLICK HERE if you'd like to attend.

Buckinghamshire

Bucks Champions Training 2017  

Use the DA Champion application form to apply for these courses

  • September 26-27 09.30 - 16.30 at Green Park, Aston Clinton- NOW FULL 
  • November 1-2, 2017  09.30 - 16.30 at Green Park, Aston Clinton
  • February 7th & 8th, 2018  09.30 - 16.30 at Green Park, Aston Clinton
  • March 22nd & 23rd, 2018 09.30- 16.30 at Green Park, Aston Clinton

Bucks Champion Network Meetings​

Email to confirm your attendance

Watch this space for more dates.

Please see the specific Buckinghamshire DVA Champion Information Leaflet.

milton keynes

Milton keynes champions training 2017

Use the DA Champion application form link above to apply for these courses

  • More dates pending- watch this space or complete the application form to keep in touch with us when dates are released

West Berkshire

West Berks Champions Training 2017

Use the DA Champion application form to apply for these courses

​Awaiting dates

watch this space or register using link above to keep in touch with us when dates are released

West Berks Network Meetings

Watch this space for more dates.

West Berks DASH Training

Watch this space for more dates.

Slough

Use the DA Champion application form to apply for these courses

  • September 26-27, 2017- The Curve, Slough

  • November 23-24, 2017- The Curve, Slough

  • February 15-16, 2018- The Curve, Slough

London Borough of Havering

Havering Champions Training 2017

Use the DA Champion application form to apply for these courses

  • 27th October 2017- in Romford Town Hall
  • 16th February, 2018- in Romford Town Hall

havering Network meetings

Watch this space for more dates.

havering dash training

There is a session on 17th November 2017 and if interested, DA Champs should contact the local VAWG Coordinator, Sarah Strang direct. CLICK HERE to email her to find out more about this important training.

Cancellations Policy

The following policy is relevant to those courses organised by Reducing the Risk.

All delegates are expected to avoid cancellations if possible but where there is no alternative, the following procedure will be applied.

Cancellation by Delegates

Should a delegate withdraw from a course, a financial penalty will be incurred proportionate to the amount of notice given, the ability to fill the space with a waiting list candidate and the reason for the withdrawal. If a cancellation is received from the delegate, or a representative of the delegate, with less than 7 working days notice or the delegate fails to attend the training, s/he will be charged £50.

In courses other than Champions' training if a delegate becomes unable to attend the event in advance of the start of such activity it may be possible for a substitute within the team or service to take the available space. 

Registered Users

We have a dedicated area of this website that is only accessible by Domestic Abuse Champions. Please use the login details provided to you at the Champion Training to log in here.

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