Conference workshops

Take part in practical workshops throughout the day alongside survivors, guest speakers and our trusted partners. You'll hear about innovative responses for people not reached by existing services, how to effectively challenge and change perpetrator behaviour, the importance of a survivor led approach, and how to create a culture of support and self-care for yourself and others.

Making Families Safe Sooner: One Front Door 

Ambitious, risk-led and highly effective - our pioneering One Front Door multi-agency pilots brought together child safeguarding and domestic abuse, to identify the needs and risks of every family member at the same time. In this workshop, you will hear about the benefits of meaningful multi-agency working and have chance to share ideas about new emerging models of practice, making the vital links between the needs of individuals and the families they belong to. 

Authentic Culture: Living a Survivor Led Approach 

Learn about the power of co-creation – developing an environment and direction that is designed, developed and informed by those with lived experience. In this workshop with SafeLives staff and Pioneers, you’ll explore why developing an ‘authentic culture’ is so important, share learning and explore new ways of making survivor voice the heart of all you do.

Innovation and Intervention: Norfolk and West Sussex Connect 

Learn about our Connect model in West Sussex and Norfolk where we’re trialling innovative responses to domestic abuse. Working closely with survivors and five grassroots domestic abuse specialist services, we’ve designed a package of holistic support. This specifically addresses couples who plan to stay together, early intervention, supporting people with complex needs, bespoke models for work with children and young people, and models of response for people recovering from abuse.

Generating the conversation: The Voices of Men and Boys 

We want to end domestic abuse for everyone and for good. In order to get us there, we need to open up the conversation about abuse and relationships to include men and boys. In 2019, we heard from over 1,200 men and boys – exploring their attitudes to abuse, masculinity and what a ‘healthy’ relationship looks like. Many responses – for example trust being rated as more important than love – merit significant exploration. We also heard from over 200 male survivors of domestic abuse. Join us to hear about the experiences of male survivors; the thoughts and attitudes of men and boys (11years+) across the country about relationships, and the reflections of those talking to us about behaviour they have used that could have been experienced as abusive.

Challenging those Perpetrating Abuse: What Drive has told us so far

We need to change the narrative around domestic abuse, asking ‘why doesn’t he stop?’ not ‘why doesn’t she leave?’ Our Drive project, working in partnership with Respect and Social Finance, is making this a practical reality. Working with high risk domestic abuse perpetrators, Drive is building a thorough picture of perpetration and what works to stop someone using abusive behaviour. This interactive workshop will give practitioners insight into the work of Drive and how we build interventions, through multi-agency working, to challenge, disrupt and change perpetrator behaviour. It will also look at the impact this work is having and what we have learnt through our three-year pilot.

Creating a Culture of Support and Self-Care 

Building a culture of self-care can be tough.  A demanding work environment, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, burn out and work-related stress can all negatively impact other areas of your life. This workshop will explore options for self-care and provide a chance for you as practitioners to consider and share what helps you support others, whilst maintaining your own health and wellbeing.

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