Posted by Upskill Development Institute
Support Worker, Advocacy
Why is it important that you are trained to assess risk of harm around domestic abuse and stalking?
In order to create a safety plan for survivors of domestic abuse, so called ‘honour’ based abuse (HBA) and stalking you will need to conduct a Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour-based Violence (DASH) risk assessment.
In order to refer to a Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) you will need to conduct a DASH risk assessment.
To ensure the survivor is kept safe during this process, it is essential that you are trained in how to conduct this risk assessment using trauma informed practice.
Many domestic homicide reviews (DHRs) highlight the lack of a DASH Risk Assessment used, DASH used as a tick-box exercise instead of as a tool to document the story of the survivor and the narrative around risk. DHRs always have a common theme of not sharing risk amongst appropriate agencies ie via MARAC.
This training will provide you with the tools and confidence to complete the risk assessment safely with the survivors of abuse that come into your service. The training is for those working in public protection such as police, social workers, housing, domestic abuse practitioners, health workers, safeguarding leads, etc. It will enable you to:
There will be a morning break, lunch break and afternoon break and the session will be interactive and take account of the amount of learning that will take place and the need for self-care.