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 or refer to the domestic abuse referral pathway and provision map.

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.

How to refer a client

Hestia will be providing a specialist domestic abuse service in Slough, including outreach support for individuals across East Berkshire. This service will provide practical and emotional support to women, men and children who are victims of domestic abuse via:

  • adult 16+ Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy Service (IDVA)
  • outreach support (including specialist provision for BAMER groups)
  • group-based support.

If you or your client is experiencing abuse, please make a referral by completing our referral form and risk indicator checklist and submit this via our secure email. All referrals will be followed up by our team within 48 hours of us receiving them.

Contact Hestia

Our opening hours are Monday – Friday, 9am - 5pm.

Email: Slough.IDVA@hestia.org or Slough.IDVA@hestia.org.cjsm.net

Telephone: 01753 477352.

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.

The next training dates are:

  • Tuesday 19 June 2018
  • Tuesday 23 October 2018

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

New dates are to be confirmed. Please contact Rachel Axtell on rachel.axtell@slough.gov.uk to express an interest.

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