We are just in the process of setting up a brand new network of DA Champions in Torbay, Devon. Our new Chief Champion in the area, Jason Preece, has been diligently helping us do our homework on their processes and sent me a very useful link. Jason said it has been a very handy website for him and so we checked it out and we agree.
So thank you Jason for making us aware of the Social Worker's Toolbox website. Whenever Champions collaborate, there is always some benefit or learning so thanks for sharing this with us.
You do not have to be a social worker to find so many useful resources on this site; the link above takes you to the Domestic Abuse page but it offers so much more.
Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children's Board have announced training workshops on the Domestic Abuse Pathway for Young People.
Data show that young people, including those below 16, can experience all forms of domestic abuse and the likelihood of experiencing high severity abuse is no different to adults. Indeed, the data suggest the levels of high severity abuse may be highest for the youngest age group. The Domestic Abuse Pathway for Young People was an outcome of the Child J combined DHR/SCR and a renewed version of the Pathway which takes account of changes in local policy and practice and new legislation has been relaunched in August 2018.
This half-day course has been specifically designed to increase professionals’ knowledge, skills, and confidence in supporting young people experiencing and/or using abusive behaviours in their intimate relationships.
Milton Keynes council are currently conducting a domestic abuse needs assessment, asking stakeholders for their views about domestic abuse in Milton Keynes and the local services provided by MKACT. The responses to this survey will be used to update the domestic abuse strategy and to inform future commissioning decisions for domestic abuse services in Milton Keynes. Here is a link to the Stakeholders' survey which should only take around 10 minutes of your time to complete. The questionnaire will be closed on Friday, August 10.
We have recently had issues with the need for a landline number where people can leave messages. We do not have the resources to permanently staff a telephone line, particularly if we are in another area delivering training or in development meetings, but we will respond to messages as soon as we are able (normally within one working day).
So, if you do need to contact Reducing the Risk, you can now either:
call us on 01865 965055 and leave a voice message, or
Please do not use these contact details in an emergency (call 999 in an emergency, and local helplines are listed on our site), or include personal sensitive data (names, places etc.) of any cases of concern, as this is not an encrypted email service.
With school holidays fast approaching, our friends at Oxford Against Cutting (OAC) are raising awareness of the fact that girls from FGM-practicing communities are at highest risk of being cut during the summer holidays. In some countries there is a "cutting season" and the long break gives time for the cut tissue to physically heal, if the girl survives the practice.
Our friends at Hestia have a specific app, Bright Sky, providing support and information for anyone experiencing domestic abuse, or someone concerned about a friend or family member. In addition, the app is available for use by employers and service providers.
We know that children and young people living with domestic abuse are more susceptible to other abuse. Our local Safeguarding Board has recently warned about sexting platforms on social media with hashtags including #paypalme, #findom, #spoilme, #rinse, #drain, #paypig, #comeplaywithme and #cashfornudes used to exchange explicit images/videos/sexual messages for money. Where children and young people are targeted in this way, multiple laws are being broken (whether the exchange of money/images happens on the site or not), and the terms and conditions of the site broken (more information in full story on our site).
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This is one for all our DA Champons or, indeed, anybody else working with domestic abuse to consider helping with:
A Masters student from Royal Holloway, University of London is conducting research into priority perpetrators of domestic abuse/intimate partner violence and is evaluating a tool that identifies priority targets for multi-agency intervention.