1.3 The Specialist Syllabus

In addition to the training outlined for groups 2 and 3, the National Training Framework incorporates a specialist syllabus, which includes training on aspects such as the Domestic Abuse, Stalking and Honour Based Violence, (DASH) risk assessment and the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC).

Risk assessment is considered best practice and forms part of the MARAC process; it supports and enables agencies to make defensible decisions. The DASH tool is evidence based and in line with recognised good practice approach to risk assessment.

We recommend that additional training from the specialist syllabus is incorporated into training plans for select staff in Group 2 and all staff in Group 3. Enhanced knowledge supports the process of identifying risks and keeping people safe. At the same time, any additional training reinforces learning; staff can then cascade knowledge to other members of the team.