Roles and responsibilities
- ensure they are fully aware of the likely effects of the role and its responsibilities on their current job
- act as an access point into and out of their organisation – but not necessarily to take on all domestic abuse cases
- ensure they keep up to date and access information on referral sources and support
- ensure their colleagues are aware of the Champions scheme, their role in it, how to contact them and the location of the resource manual
- cascade training in relation to domestic abuse and keep a record of those trained
- ensure information i.e. leaflets and posters are displayed in all areas
- attend networking and updating sessions
- be open to the idea of being trained to train their colleagues (please be aware that not all Champions will be trained to this level) .
Agency and managers' responsibilities
It is key that the Champion is identified, supported by their agency/organisation as a service level agreement needs to be signed by their line manager in order that we know that professionals are not operating in isolation.
- nominate enthusiastic individuals who will take up this role
- ensure that adequate time away from their normal role will be given for training and update sessions. Initially training will be 2 days then one month later 1 day.
- network sessions will be 9am – 1pm and be typically every 9 – 10 weeks
- support any ongoing cascade training to their agency
- allow that person to be used as an ‘in house’ expert and recognise the impact it may have on that person and their workload
- ensure that individuals are aware of the extra responsibilities placed on them by assuming the Champions' role
- support and encourage the Champion with their new responsibilities.
Domestic Abuse Strategy Subgroup Responsibilities
The Champions project is being developed outside the Oxfordshire County by Michelle Plaisted-Kerr, our Training Development Manager. In the first instance the group should
- enlist the support of statutory and voluntary agencies e.g. Health, Social and Health Care and Housing
- encourage each agency to sign up a senior manager who understands and accepts their responsibilities as far as the projects terms of reference are outlined above
- coordinate the network
- arrange training and network meetings
- support the Strategy group to source funding for the continuation of the network
- assist in the production of resources
- hold names of all champions
- evaluate the network and manage the database of Champions.