Roles and responsibilities

Champions' 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.