Check with services for coronavirus updates

Due to government guidance some services have had to change the way they operate. 

Face to face meetings may be postponed

There may be wating lists for some support

Please check directly with the service

Forced marriage and Easter school holidays

As the Easter school holidays approach and travel restrictions are lifted, there is a risk of children being taken abroad, and being forced to marry. Forced marriage is illegal.

We need to stay alert to Signs of children and young people being in potential danger of Forced Marriage. It is important to act quickly, without alerting family members or friends who may be part of the plans.

See more information on how to get help

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VAWG Training opportunities

External partners

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If you complete the form and do not receive confirmation from Learning Hub by the following day, please contact the Learning Hub

Email: Learning.Hub@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Training open to all

This training is open to staff, professionals and anyone living or working in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Training open to all
 Topic Description Dates
 Coercive Control

The Coercive Control session will enable attendees to identify and name the tactics used by abusers to control victims and to gain a greater understanding of how to use this information to present.

The ‘types’ of economic abuse will be looked at as well as the hidden harms and impacts of economic abuse. While all forms of abuse are about power and control, coercive control is a strategic form of ongoing oppression and terrorism that invades all arenas of women’s activities.

This training will cover:

  • Enhance learners’ awareness of Coercive Control
  • Explaining and understanding in relation to definition and legislation•
  • dentification of coercive behaviour and spotting the signs
  • Addressing strategies of gathering evidence and supporting clients
  • Discussing referral pathways and what professionals can do
  • 8 March 2022 at 9.30am - 12.30pm
  • 10 May 2022 at 9.30am - 12.30pm

For those who have a Learning Hub log in - please apply via Learning Hub

 

External partners please apply using this External Partner’s form.

 

If you live in Tower Hamlets and would like to join a session, please

Email: Serita.Myers@towerhamlets.gov.uk

 Adult Family Violence

A half day course which aims to enable the learner to grasp a deeper understanding of many different issues associated with adult family violence. A list of some of these issues include, definitions, estimates of the different types of assault, various forms of abuse and theories of AFV, the physical and psychological consequences of family violence, current treatments for both victims and perpetrators, and various policy recommendations aimed at ending family violence.

The training covers:

  • Definitions and Legislation regarding Domestic abuse and Adult Family Violence (AFV)• Recognising signs and symptoms of AFV
  • Professional acknowledgement and respect of the choices of victims whilst ensuring that they fulfil the legal requirement to safeguard victims
  • Awareness of how to protect and support the primary victim to safeguard children and any non-abusing vulnerable adults in the family
  • Use of enhanced assessment and referral processes implemented by multi-agency partnerships• Workforce training in responding to domestic abuse in key effective prevention and risk management

 5 May 2022 at 9.30am - 12.30pm

For those who have a Learning Hub log in - please apply via Learning Hub

 

External staff please apply using this External Partner’s form.

 

If you live in Tower Hamlets and would like to join a session, please

Email: Serita.Myers@towerhamlets.gov.uk

 Understanding Economic Abuse with GamCare

Like all forms of family violence, the incidence of economic abuse is notoriously difficult to measure. This is because economic abuse is an underreported crime. Within this course learners should be able to better understand the nature of economic abuse, definitions, legislations and the ‘types’ of economic abuse as well as well as the hidden harms and impacts of economic abuse.

GamCare is the leading provider of information, advice, and support for anyone affected by gambling harms. They operate the National Gambling Helpline, provide treatment for anyone who is harmed by gambling, create awareness about safer gambling and treatment, and encourage an effective approach to safer gambling within the gambling industry.

 12 May 2022 at10am - 12pm

For those who have a Learning Hub log in - please apply via Learning Hub

 

External staff please apply using this External Partner’s form.

 

If you live in Tower Hamlets and would like to join a session, please

Email: Serita.Myers@towerhamlets.gov.uk

 Safer Together and Happy Relationships This 4-week programme is being delivered through a parenting offer aimed at all families in Tower Hamlets with a child(ren) under 19. This workshop explores the types of and risk factors of domestic violence and abuse, the physical and psychological effects and the behaviours displayed by an abusive person. It explores what is a healthy relationship, what is the impact of domestic violence on survivors and their children. We will discuss the help seeking process and support range for survivors. This offer will be available across the year at various Child and Family Centres, so please check quarterly for dates. 

Ocean Children and Family Centre

Only those registered at a Children & Family Centre can apply.

Applicants must sign up to the 4-week programme.

 

Every Thursday at 10:am - 12:00pm:

  • 16 June 20222
  • 23 June 2022
  • 30 June 2022
  • 7 July 2022

 

 

Training for professionals

These sessions are for professionals who work or volunteer in Tower Hamlets or support Tower Hamlets residents in any capacity.

 

Training for professionals
 Topic Description Dates
Allyship and Misogyny

This interactive workshop will help staff understand how misogyny and toxic masculinity are detrimental to all sexes and underpin VAWG. We will explore the importance of allyship and challenge our own bias in a non-judgemental and respectful space. We will discuss how we can make safe spaces for women. The training will cover:

  • Misogyny
  • Toxic masculinity
  • VAWG
  • Intersectionality
  • Types and experiences of discriminationInternalised misogyny
  • How to be an ally
  • How to challenge discriminatory behaviour to create safe spaces
  • 5 April 2022 at 2 - 4pm
  • 9 June 2022 at 10am - 12pm

For those who have a Learning Hub log in - please apply via Learning Hub

 

External staff please apply using this External Partner’s form.

 Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Professional Champion Course

 Day 1

  • Introduction to VAWG
  • Understanding:
    •  Domestic Abuse
    • Stalking and Harassment
    • Sexual Abuse

Day 2

Understanding:

  • Harmful Practices (‘Honour’ Based Abuse,
  • Forced Marriage,
  • Female Genital Mutilation)
  • Prostitution awareness
  • Child Sexual Exploitation

Day 3

  • Referral pathways and support
  • Risk Assessments and Safety Planning
  • Trauma informed Practice
  • Role of the VAWG Champion

 Apil/May Course

Day 1: 27 April, 1- 3pm

Day 2: 4 May, 1-3pm

Day 3: 11 May, 1-3.30pm

Apply

 

June course

Day 1: 14 June, 10am-12:30pm

Day 2: 21 June, 10am-12:30pm

Day 3: 28 June, 10:am-12:30pm

Apply

Trauma Informed Practice and VAWG

 An interactive session to explore:

  • what trauma is in the context of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG),
  • how it affects people differently,
  • what trauma informed practice looks like and
  • how to employ tools to help you work in a trauma informed way.

It will address the effects of trauma on professionals, addressing vicarious trauma and strategies for self-care. The training will cover:

  • Definitions of trauma
  • Intersectionality
  • Understanding how trauma affects individuals
  • Practical tools of trauma informed practice
  • Responding to VAWG survivors
  • Addressing vicarious trauma and self-care personally and professionally

 26 April 2022 at 10am-12pm

For those who have a Learning Hub log in - please apply via Learning Hub

External staff please apply using this External Partner’s form.

Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG) & Non-English Speakers

A webinar exploring language barriers and the impact this has on those experiencing a form of VAWG who do not speak English. You will learn from a domestic homicide review case study as well as understand best practice when utilising interpreters.

  • Understanding Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG)
  • Barriers for non-English speakers accessing support
  • Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) case learning
  • Using interpreters best practice
  • Resources
  • 10 May 2022 at 10-11am
  • 5 May 2022 at 2-3pm

For those who have a Learning Hub log in - please apply via Learning Hub

External staff please apply using this External Partner’s form.

 

Harmful practices: ‘Honour’ based Violence and Forced Marriage
  • Have an improved understanding of ‘honour’ based abuse and forced marriage
  • Have confidence in identifying the risk factors/indicators and develop safety planning tools
  • Understand risk factors during Covid-19
  • Understand Forced Marriage legislation and protection orders
  • To understand the range of options available in the borough and to identify appropriate referral pathways
  • 23 March 2022, 10-11.30am
  • 10 May 2022, 2-3.30pm

For those who have a Learning Hub log in - please apply via Learning Hub

External staff please apply using this External Partner’s form.

Sexual Abuse Awareness

The webinar was developed with the Havens on their procedures and the Survivors Gateway on providing telephone support to survivors. The webinar discusses:

  • The prevalence of sexual abuse nationally and locally
  • Definitions and dynamics of sexual abuse and consent
  • Impacts of sexual abuse
  • Myths and stereotypes around sexual abuse
  • Enabling and responding to disclosures
  • To understand the range of options available in the borough and to identify appropriate referral pathways

18 May 2022 at 2-3.30pm

For those who have a Learning Hub log in - please apply via Learning Hub

External staff please apply using this External Partner’s form.

Female Genital Mutilation Awareness
  • Have an improved understanding of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Increased awareness in recognising the risk factors/indicators
  • Understand FGM and protection orders
  • To understand the range of options available for women in the borough and to identify appropriate referral pathways

 26 May 2022 at 10-11am

For those who have a Learning Hub log in - please apply via Learning Hub

External staff please apply using this External Partner’s form.

VAWG & Online Safety
  • To increase attendees knowledge on how technology is used to carry out Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
  • To gain an understanding of online abuse and its impact on adults and young people
  • To learn about resources that can support practitioners’ work with their clients

 15 June 2022 at 2-3.30pm

For those who have a Learning Hub log in - please apply via Learning Hub

External staff please apply using this External Partner’s form.

Young People and Violence against Women and Girls
  • To understand the different forms of gender-based violence they affect young people
  • To explore the barriers to disclosing abuse young people face
  • To develop skills in appropriately responding to disclosures and supporting young people
  • To understand the range of services in the borough and identify appropriate referrals within the borough
 

22 June 2022 at 2 - 4pm

For those who have a Learning Hub log in - please apply via Learning Hub

External staff please apply using this External Partner’s form.

 Prostitution as a form of Adult Sexual Exploitation

 This webinar is co-delivered with LBTH VAWG and local organisation Beyond the Streets.

  • To understand LBTH’s stance of prostitution as a form of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG)
  • To explore prostitution as a form of adult sexual exploitation
  • To develop an understanding of the barriers to accessing support faced by women involved in prostitution
  • To understand risk, impacts and learn about how women can be supported
  • To understand the range of options available for women in the borough and to identify appropriate referral pathways

24 June 2022 at 10-11.15am 

For those who have a Learning Hub log in - please apply via Learning Hub

External staff please apply using this External Partner’s form.