What is Inspiring Families?
The Calan DVS Inspiring Families Programme is an innovative and structured ten- week assessment programme that can help strengthen and stabilise families where domestic violence and abuse is a known component but the family are choosing to stay together.
The family need not be living together at the point of referral but there does need to be some desire to reconcile their relationship in the future.
How does it work?
The programme is delivered in two separate groups of non-abusing and abusing parents to run in parallel.
The content of the programme is largely the same for both groups. The groups run for two hours every week. The timing of the delivery of the groups is decided at a local level. The programme can inspire a positive change in management of the triggers of previous abusive behaviours, a more valued approached to healthy relationships and improved parenting and understanding of the impacts of exposure to DVA on children.
At the end of the programme an assessment is made and for those families who complete the programme and an action plan is developed, using input from the course facilitators, the partners and the family lead professional.
The action plan will detail what further support and / or intervention the family need to reduce the impact of DA on the family and children.
For families who do not complete the programme an assessment will be made on what support or intervention is required. This could involve several options including supporting a safe and planned exit from the relationship by the mother and children through to commencing legal proceedings to remove children if appropriate.
The programme is an accessible tool and over the 10-weeks we can produce a comprehensive report on the family which indicates:
– The level of risk and abuse typology within the home.
– The potential for change and likelihood of reconciliation.
– The level of care and support needed for children within the home.
– The support the family will need to ensure an abuse-free future.
Why was it created?
The Inspiring Families Programme was created by Rockpool Life following Domestic Homicide Reviews revealing that many specialist agencies are poor at identifying and assessing levels of risk and relationship dynamics. With research clearly demonstrating the devastating impact that living with domestic violence and abuse has on family members, a clear need for addressing this issue in a holistic and family centred way exists.