Training is essential if staff are to recognise signs of abuse and feel confident about making enquiries. Staff also need to know how to respond sensitively and appropriately to disclosures, plus how to implement their organisation's safeguarding procedures. The South East Wales Safeguarding Childrens' Board provides free training opportunities for front line staff around domestic abuse. You will need your managers consent to attend as will need to create an account on the SWESCB website. http://www.sewsc.org.uk/index.php?id=48
National Training Framework
When the Violence Againts Women, Domestic Abuse, Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015, (VAWDASV) came into effect, the Welsh Government introduced the National Training Framework as the one stop shop for staff training within local authorities and relevant partner agencies.
The National Training Framework should guarantee training is delivered across sectors and agencies to an entire workforce. It should also make the training consistent and ensure this legislation is a core safeguarding issue within organisations.
Ask and Act
Ask and Act is a Welsh Governement initiative which forms part of the actions identified for statutory agencies within The Violence Against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015.
Ask and Act involves training frontline staff to recognise signs of abuse, to 'Ask' questions and undertake targted enquiries where they suspect abuse, and 'Act', respond to disclosures of abuse, including understanding appropriate referral pathways. The Ask and Act training is not yet available to staff within housing.