The programme, written by Barnardo’s, the U.K’s largest children’s charity and in partnership with First Light, has been commissioned by the local authority and Safer Cornwall Partnership.
The training consists of three levels. Prior to booking the training, individuals should consider their professional experience, responsibility and how previous training will support the level of learning at each session.
Level 1 – Awareness Raising: (Half Day) – this course provides domestic abuse and sexual violence awareness for professionals in generic services to understand what constitutes domestic abuse, stalking and harassment and sexual violence. It includes the signs, risk factors, safeguarding responses, managing concerns and making appropriate referrals. This is aimed at those with little or no previous training or professional experience in domestic abuse and sexual violence.
Level 2 – Targeted: (2 half days) – this is available to those who work in the health sector, those working in an education setting and those who work in a safeguarding role. It is aimed at those who are working directly with people affected by domestic abuse, who want to further develop their knowledge and understanding of the scope of domestic abuse and sexual violence and how to appropriately respond and refer to local services.
Level 3/DASH – Specialist: (2 half days) –this should be attended by professionals who work in the health sector, education settings and professionals who work in a safeguarding role. This is for those who will be completing the DASH form as part of their role and have responsibility for directly dealing with disclosures of domestic abuse and sexual violence.