We need your views!

Help shape a new workforce development and leadership programme for racialised communities on working with those who cause harm in intimate  and family relationships

About the Project 

The Drive Partnership, of which Respect is a member, has commissioned H.O.P.E Training & Consultancy & its consortium members to design a workforce development and leadership programme to build capacity and confidence amongst professionals from racialised communities working with those causing harm in intimate and family relationships.  Our goal is to increase the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of the VAWG (Violence Against Women and Girls) sector workforce, specifically those working with those who harm, to make the sector more representative of the communities we serve.

Background 

Research carried out by University of Suffolk and H.O.P.E Training and Consultancy explored family and intimate relationship harm within racialised communities with a focus on those causing harm.  

The research identified that one of the key barriers to providing effective and accessible responses to perpetrators from minoritised communities is the workforce being unrepresentative of the communities it serves. 

Following on from this research, Drive carried out focus groups with practitioners from racialised communities working in the VAWG sector to explore next steps. These pointed to the need for the development of a workforce development and leadership programme. 

Following an open tender process, Drive commissioned H.O.P.E to take this forward, supported by the following consortium members: Natasha Broomfield-Reid - Diverse Matters; Sarah Wigley – Sarah Wigley Associates; Jodie Das - CRAFT Training & Development; Imran Manzoor- Pegasus Therapeutic Services Ltd & Breaking the Silence and Annie Gibbs - Amour Destiné.

We’d love your ideas for the programme! 

H.O.P.E & its Consortium members are consulting on what a programme should look like, and wish to gather a number of different perspectives, both within the domestic abuse sector and other voluntary and statutory sectors. They hope to hear from:

• People from racialised communities who are working in the DA / perpetrator sector
• Leaders from the DA sector, particularly those delivering perpetrator programmes 
• People from racialised communities working in statutory and voluntary/community organisations

When does this work start?

Consultation groups as well as one-to-ones will be offered throughout October - December 2021. Details on dates and how to join are on the H.O.P.E website: Supported Research - H.O.P.E Training & Consultancy (hopetraining.co.uk).

How to find out more 

• H.O.P.E's project lead is Meena Kumari, Director & Founder
• Drive Partnership's lead is Rachel Ozanne, Head of National Systems Change:   

Respect is a registered charity in England and Wales, number 1141636, and a company, number 7582438. Registered address: Hubhub, 20 Farringdon St, London EC4A 4AB
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