Where to find help if you are a professional
There are a number of things to consider and tools you can use to help you support someone with domestic abuse concerns:
- Asking the question gives a structure to help you talk through your concerns with the individual
- Use the multi-agency assessment toolkits to help you assess the level of risk
- Visit the SafeLives knowledge hub to access timely and impartial advice, strategic support and an online library of tools.
- Consider a Team Around the Family
- Speak to your safeguarding lead
- Speak to i-ART if you have concerns about a child’s welfare, or feel they may be being abused or neglected.
Further information is available on the LSCB website:
- HELP Programme – a healthy relationships programme for domestic abuse perpetrators, designed to take a preventative approach to domestic violence and abuse. If you are working with someone who you feel would benefit make a referral.
- Teenage Relationship Abuse – tell-tale signs to look out for, advice for parents and carers on how to talk to children
Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC)
Monthly meetings that focus on increasing the safety of high risk victims and their children. Visit the MARAC webpage to learn more about where, when and why these are held and your role in them.
Training to support you
The Safeguarding Children Partnership runs the multi-agency domestic abuse training programme for practitioners:
- Information about the courses is available on our website.
- To book onto a course visit the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board website.
- The where to find help if you are an adult webpage has links to lots of supporting information.
- Cheshire West and Chester Domestic Abuse Partnership – works together with local partners to address domestic abuse in Cheshire West.
- Open the Door has resources including artwork for posters, door hangers, pull up banners, videos and animated gifs.