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 school holidays

As the 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

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Training opportunities
 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 discrimination
  • Internalised misogyny
  • How to be an ally
  • How to challenge discriminatory behaviour to create safe spaces

11 August 2022

10am-12pm

8 September 2022

10am-12pm

31 October 2022

10am-12pm

8 December 2022

10am-12pm

2 March 2023

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.

Coercive Control

 The Coercive Control session will enable delegates 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
  • Identification of coercive behaviour and spotting the signs
  • Addressing strategies of gathering evidence and supporting clients
  • Discussing referral pathways and what professionals can do

6 October 2022

09:30-12.30

26 January 2023

09:30-12:30

 

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

 

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

Adult Family Violence (AFV)

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

20 July

09:30-12:30

3 March 2022

09:30 – 12:30

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

 

External staff please apply using this External Partner’s form

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 and 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.

29 September 2022

10am-12pm

23 February 2022

10-12.30pm

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

 

External staff please apply using this External Partner’s form

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 course will be available across the year at various Child and Family Centres, so please check quarterly for dates. 

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

Applicants must sign up to the 4-week programme.

Ocean Child & Family Centre Every Thursday, 10am-12pm:

16 June 2022

23 June 2022

30 June 2022 and

7 July 2022

 

Closed sessions – Please contact nearest Children & Family Centre for further information

 

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV):

A half day course which aims to develop participant’s knowledge and skills in acknowledging and responding to disclosures of intimate partner abuse, signs of IPV, local referral processes and screening tools what we as professionals can do and inform as to what services are available for victims/survivors of intimate partner abuse.

22 September 2022

9:30-12.30pm

14 February 2023

9:30am-12.20pm

 

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

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

Domestic Abuse Awareness

Domestic abuse, in its many forms, is one of society’s most devastating scourges, severely damaging the lives of millions of women, children and men in the UK every year. And yet it is too often hidden from view. Victims can be intimidated into silence by their abusers, fearful for themselves and maybe their children. They may be full of shame or self-blame or living in communities that expect them to put up and shut up. They might expect not to be believed by people in authority or may not think that useful help is available. On the other hand, those in a position to help may also be fearful, afraid they won’t know how to respond to hints or evidence and ask the first delicate questions, that they won’t know how to offer any help themselves, that referral services won’t be there to take on a case, or just that exposing ugly but long-concealed truths will end up doing more harm than good. Domestic violence and abuse, sometimes referred to as DVA, is a serious safeguarding issue. Witnessing domestic abuse – whether first hand, overhearing it, or only observing the after-effects – is considered a form of significant harm.

20 October 2022

10-11.30am

8 February 2023

10-11.30am

 

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

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

Domestic Abuse Good Practice Guidance for Housing Professionals

Since the lockdown, domestic abuse cases have skyrocketed. The ability to end an abusive relationship is often barred by a lack of access to safe, secure housing when a victim is ready to take that leap. “Housing providers are in a unique position to be able to identify domestic abuse and prevent escalation through offering support and guidance to victims of domestic abuse.” SafeLives July 2020

10 November 2022

10 – 11:30am

16 March 2023

10 – 11:30am

 

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

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