Overview

24 Feb, 20219:30 pm-4:15 pm
Online Conference

This Forum will provide delegates with an opportunity to discuss the latest policy developments around addressing and tackling domestic abuse, particularly in light of the Domestic Abuse Bill which is due to pass through parliament in 2020. Attendees will hear from multiple sector leaders, including Respect, DAHA, Women’s Aid and NHS Safeguarding, on delivering improvements to services for victims and survivors, and working with perpetrators to sustainably tackle and prevent domestic abuse. The event will look at all forms of domestic abuse and the nuances of supporting victims and survivors including men and members of LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as refugee and asylum-seeking women. Equal access to support services will be a key theme that runs through the event, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on domestic abuse.

Key Features of an Online IG Event

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
  • Topic Based Discussion Groups

Key Speakers

Kenny Gibson photo
Kenny Gibson
National Head of Safeguarding
NHS England & NHS Improvement
Ippo Panteloudakis photo
Ippo Panteloudakis
Head of Services
Respect

Agenda

9:30 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform

 

Our team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:45 am
Chair’s Welcome Address
Professor Nicole Westmarland
Professor Nicole Westmarland
Director
Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse (CRiVA), Durham University
Invited
10:00 am
Domestic Abuse Commissioner: Implementing The Government’s Action Plan for Domestic Abuse
  • Sharing the latest updates on the passing of the Domestic Abuse Bill, and outlining the critical short and long-term actions required from key sectors as well as society as a whole
  • Outlining changes to funding allocation as a result of COVID-19 and new opportunities for the voluntary, housing and health sectors to access grants for dedicated projects and programmes
  • Exploring the urgent changing needs of service provision, and policy, as a result of COVID-19’s impact on domestic abuse, and how the Bill recognises this
  • Understanding the role of the Commissioner in holding the government and practitioners to account in successfully implementing the Bill and subsequent new policies, including more closely monitoring social landlords in their protection of those who experience domestic abuse
Nicole Jacobs
Nicole Jacobs
Domestic Abuse Commissioner
Invited
10:20 am
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

10:30 am
MHCLG Covid-19 Policy and Funding Update: Eradicating the Scourge of Domestic Abuse Across UK Society
  • Outlining how critical it is for local councils to effectively engage with the crime and voluntary sectors to tackle domestic abuse, and create a strategy to deal with perpetrators
  • Examining the impact COVID-19 has had on housing providers effectiveness in monitoring and intervening in cases where there is a risk of domestic abuse, and providing an update on funding to support this work
  • Assessing the requirements of the new local government strategies for supporting domestic abuse survivors, now a statutory duty, and the implications of this on refuge services
  • Ensuring local services meet the requirement to be inclusive of survivors from all ethnic backgrounds, GRT communities and LGBTQIA+ people
Luke Hall MP
Luke Hall MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing)
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG)
Invited
10:50 am
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

11:00 am
Funders Perspective Session: Outlining How to Access Available Funding to Tackle Domestic Abuse
  • Outlining the funding opportunities available to charities through the Foundation so they are able to provide additional wrap around services and more holistic support to survivors
  • Highlighting how small local charities that deliver vital services at community level can bid for and access funding from non-government agencies and ensuring this funding reaches the most marginalised in society
  • Collaborating with organisations such as SafeLives to improve domestic abuse support for staff working for the company, and recognising the increasing role of the private sector in acknowledging this issue
  • Advising other organisations on how to develop and deliver domestic abuse and violence strategies that both supports the workforce, and service providers and users more widely
  • Showcasing the success of the foundation in tackling domestic abuse with 45 more charities supported, 126 national domestic abuse partnerships created and £2.9m in new grants awarded in 2019
Caroline Howe
Caroline Howe
Policy and National Programmes Manager
Lloyds Bank Foundation
Invited
11:20 am
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

11:25 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

11:45 am
The Role of the NHS in Tackling and Preventing Domestic Abuse and Violence
  • Understanding what the Domestic Abuse Bill means for the NHS and health sector partners, and how this will help contribute to a national effort to tackle domestic abuse, particularly in light of COVID-19
  • Outlining the NHS treatment and recovery plans for victims and survivors from all backgrounds, and sharing success stories around these
  • Exploring the support offered for perpetrators and offenders by the NHS, and advising on how to approach these groups in efforts to tackle domestic abuse
Kenny Gibson
Kenny Gibson
National Head of Safeguarding
NHS England & NHS Improvement
Confirmed
12:05 pm
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

12:10 pm
Top Tips for Implementing a Successful VAWG Strategy
  • Examining updates around the VAWG strategy, due to be in place in March 2021, and how this aligns with wider plans in the Domestic Abuse Bill, including by recognising new forms of abuse
  • Exploring the funding that is supporting the VAWG Strategy, and how the £100 million of government support is providing vital services through national and local organisations
  • Understanding the role of the voluntary sector in working with crime, housing, health and local authority colleagues to ensure that multi-agency working is understood to be the most effective way of tackling VAWG
Nicki Norman
Nicki Norman
Acting CEO
Women’s Aid
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

12:35 pm
Outlining How To Provide Supportive, Accessible Services for Male Victims and Survivors of Domestic Abuse
  • Understanding the negative impact the COVID-19 lockdown period had on male victims, and showcasing the critical importance of providing effective support services during this time
  • Sharing the latest findings from the Centre for Research into Violence and Abuse in relation to male victims, and how this can be translated into practice
  • Highlighting the new emergency accommodation scheme for male victims in Greater London, and how the Respect Men’s Advice Line is the main referral pathway into the service
  • Exploring Respect’s social media campaigns for male victims, and the impact these have in raising awareness, increasing access to support and improving service delivery
Ippo Panteloudakis
Ippo Panteloudakis
Head of Services
Respect
Confirmed
12:55 pm
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

1:00 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

2:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Taking a Holistic and Inclusive Approach to Preventing Abuse and Supporting Survivors

This panel will look to provide solutions to common challenges faced in tackling domestic abuse around this particular issue. 

Attendees will be encouraged to share their challenges with the panel via the online platform and the panel will consequently look to provide key solutions as they cover key topics including:

  • Exploring the role of the new statutory sex and relationships curriculum in schools and understanding what is required by law to improve the prevention of domestic abuse and violence from a young age
  • Discussing how critical it is to reach younger victims, particularly ages 16-24, who typically fall outside the target range of those who support services are designed for and directed towards, and can be left to suffer without support
  • Understanding how different LGBTQIA+ communities are affected by domestic abuse and violence and the vital need to reach victims, survivors and perpetrators across different sexualities with tailored services
  • Highlighting the crucial need to widen access to domestic abuse support services for refugees and asylum seekers who may struggle to receive life-saving support in a timely manner
Rachel Nicolas
Rachel Nicolas
Head of Domestic Abuse Services, London
Victim Support
Confirmed
Dorothea Gartland
Dorothea Gartland
Chair
Galop
Invited
Chai Patel
Chai Patel
Legal Policy Director
Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants
Invited
PC Maria Carrick
PC Maria Carrick
School & Youth Engagement Coordinator
Hampshire Constabulary
Invited
Eugene Ellis
Eugene Ellis
Founder and Director
The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network
Invited
2:50 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual Conference, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections, tour our real-time resources and content and take part on discussions via the tailored channels.

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.

3:10 pm
Solutions Focused Session: The Role of Partnerships in Tackling Domestic Abuse across the Housing Sector
  • Emphasising the importance of the accreditation standards in raising the quality of prevention methods, and support for survivors and perpetrators
  • How should the housing sector be aiding local authorities to meet their statutory duties around tackling domestic abuse, including ensuring adequate refuge services
  • Making effective changes in response to COVID-19, and highlighting the positive impact this will have on efforts to tackle abuse and improve early intervention
  • Providing an update on the new regional DAHA groups and the role of these in bringing together local groups to share best practice and overcome challenges together
Gudrun Burnet
Gudrun Burnet
CEO, DAHA
Standing Together Against Domestic Violence
Confirmed
3:30 pm
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

3:40 pm
Case Study: Pioneering Domestic Abuse Services Through Community Partnerships
  • Sharing the journey to becoming the first local authority housing service to receive DAHA accreditation, and how services have been strengthened further in the past two years in line with VAWG Strategy best practice
  • Understanding why Southwark’s DA approach works in tandem with their efforts to tackle homelessness by addressing the factors that may cause vulnerability to home loss, such as domestic abuse
  • Working with Solace Women’s Aid to become an integral part of this voluntary sector service provision, and improve early intervention
  • Exploring the different approach towards victims and perpetrators working with multi-agency partners, how this ensures children in particular are kept safe, and has seen increased referrals
Cllr Helen Dennis
Cllr Helen Dennis
Cabinet Member for Social Support and Homelessness
Southwark Council
Invited
4:00 pm
Interactive Questions and Ideas Sharing Session

Use our Conference platform to pose your live questions to speakers and share your challenges and solutions with fellow delegates via our chat function.

4:10 pm
Chair's Summary and Close

Following the final session, delegates will still have access to the event platform for 30 days, to continue conversations with peers and accessing resources.  

 

*Programme subject to change

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed to be a multi-sector event including health, voluntary, housing, criminal justice and education sectors, focusing on the importance of cross-sector collaboration in effectively tackling domestic abuse. Typical job titles attending this event include:

  • Operation Managers
  • Community Health and Wellbeing Officers
  • Housing Managers
  • Domestic Abuse Leads
  • Head of Programmes and Practices
  • Justice Leads
  • Support Workers
  • Youth Engagement Officers
  • Vulnerable People Leads
  • Detective Superintendents
  • Detective Chief Inspectors
  • Heads of Safeguarding
  • Regional Managers
  • Policy Advisors
  • VAWG Strategic Leads
This Forum is also open to the private sector in order to encourage debate and networking.

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