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Programme helps Childrenís Service with safeguarding

25 October 2016

A local childrenís service says KSS CRCís programme is helping them to keep women and children safe by addressing the behaviour of perpetrators of domestic abuse.

East Sussex Children’s Services has, for the past two years, commissioned spaces on Building Better Relationships Programme for non-convicted abusers.

Building Better Relationships is a 30 session programme which re-educates perpetrators of domestic abuse, helping them to understand why they have used abusive behaviour, how they can change this, and how they can work towards respectful and healthy relationships. The programme is accredited by the National Offender Management Service and takes approximately a year for each participant to complete.

Since commissioning places with KSS CRC, seven men have completed the programme and of these, five have no further reports of violence and aggression by the police.

When men start the group, the previous or current wife, or partner are also contacted to tell them about their participation on the group. They are offered help by a Partner Link Worker who will signpost the women to relevant victim services and draw up a safety plan with the women to help keep them safe.

Karen Leie, Practice Manager from East Sussex Children’s Services, says: ‘It’s extremely important that victims are given the help and support they need. However, at the same time we also recognise that perpetrators need support so that they can address and change their behaviour.’

‘By teaching perpetrators new skills and giving them the opportunity to talk in a group of similar peers about the devastating impact their behaviour can have, has been proven to help them change and reduce the likelihood of any repeat or future incidents of abuse. This ultimately helps us to ensure women and children we work with are safer.’

The programme also has additional benefits for families because of the skills developed by the group facilitators, two of which the Children’s Service funds.

Karen Leie says: ‘East Sussex Children’s Services employees help to facilitate some groups, alongside KSS CRC staff and as a result, they have developed useful skills that help them in their work with other families who are experiencing domestic abuse too.’

 

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