Domestic abuse - for practitioners

Information/guidance

There is an expectation that all Slough practitioners can respond and provide basic safety advice to anyone suffering with domestic abuse. Please refer to your organisation safeguarding policy for support and guidance.

For information about children please view the Slough LSCB Procedures Manual.

For information about adults with care and support needs please view the Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Policy & Procedures.

MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference)

Slough holds monthly MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference) meetings to provide risk assessment for people suffering with domestic abuse. At this meeting information is shared on the highest risk domestic abuse cases between representatives of local police, health, child protection, housing practitioners, Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs), probation and other specialists from the statutory and voluntary sectors.

If a client is identified as being as high risk the case should be referred to the MARAC via your agency’s Designated MARAC Officer (DMO) If you do not have a DMO within your organisation please contact our Domestic Abuse Partnership Co-ordinator Rachel Axtell on rachel.axtell@slough.gov.uk or 01753 477352.

MARAC training is run three times a year for experienced practitioners in Slough. For training dates or to book a course please email training@scstrust.co.uk or call 01753 875771

Slough Domestic Abuse Champions Practitioner Network

Slough is currently recruiting an initial sixty domestic abuse champions from all professional backgrounds. In addition to their substantive role will provide a network of expertise around supporting Slough agencies, practitioners and clients suffering with domestic abuse.

These DA Champions, once trained, would be a source of reference to their organisation and peers by cascading learning and awareness; a point of contact between agencies to ensure a stronger multi agency approach and also a means of identifying best practice, issues, problems or hurdles facing victims of domestic abuse within our local strategy.

This is not just about the initial training, it is an ongoing role with regular updates and offers further opportunities to learn and network with partner agencies to develop better communication between agencies at a practitioner level.
We are specifically seeking practitioners or professionals from:

  • Health - community, hospitals, mental health teams,
  • Education - early years, primary, secondary and tertiary/higher,
  • Care and support staff,
  • Probation,
  • Social care - adult and child,
  • Police & security,
  • Court services (civil and criminal)
  • Voluntary sector practitioners
  • Community organisations such as youth or faith groups

Training details

The two day practitioner training will be held at The Curve, Slough on the following dates:

Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th September 2017
Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th November 2017
Thursday 15th & Friday 16th February 2018

To book your course please use the online booking system on the Reducing the Risk website.
For further information please contact Rachel Axtell on Rachel.Axtell@slough.gov.uk or 01753 477352.

Slough Domestic Abuse Contact

Domestic abuse is a specific focus for the Safer Slough Partnership Board under the ‘Violence – Protecting People’ theme which forms part of the key priorities for 2016-19.

For further more information please contact the Community Safety Team on the communitysafety1@slough.gov.uk