What is Safe & Together?
First developed in the US, this internationally recognised suite of tools and interventions is designed to help child welfare professionals improve their awareness and understanding of domestic abuse. The model is based on three key principles:
- Keeping children Safe & Together with their non-abusive parent, ensuring safety, healing from trauma, stability, and nurturance.
- Partnering with the non-abusive parent as a default position ensuring efficient, effective, and child-centred practice.
- Intervening with the perpetrator to reduce the risk and harm to the child through engagement, accountability, and criminal justice.
Implementing the Safe & Together model
Respect is a proud Safe & Together partner agency, and since 2019 we have been working with the London Boroughs of Hackney and Waltham Forest to implement the Safe & Together model by:
- Providing an Implementation Lead to help embed the model in the two boroughs.
- Delivering Overview and CORE trainings for children’s services professionals.
- Helping practitioners to consistently apply the model to their practice .
- Monitoring the progress of the project via ongoing case file audits and by evaluating social care data.
This landmark ‘systems change’ project is designed to improve the way children’s services and partner agencies respond to domestic abuse and engage with perpetrators, and to provide better support and protection for adult and child survivors.
The Safe & Together trainings are just the starting point for fully implementing the model. And that implementation process is critical – both to ensure that the model is being applied to its fullest potential, and to ensure that this change is sustainable.
Safe & Together – Respect’s partnerships
In 2021-2022, thanks to funding from MOPAC via the Home Office, Respect will continue to implement Safe & Together in Waltham Forest and Hackney, and we will also expand the delivery of the Safe & Together approach into three more East London Boroughs: Newham, Tower Hamlets and Redbridge.
Our second partnership brings together Respect, Safelives, DAHA and Drive for the delivery of a pilot project that builds on learning from an emergency response trial initiated during Covid-19. This programme provides a combined intervention and accommodation response to perpetrators of domestic abuse through Children’s Services, to provide increased space for action for adult and child survivors.
As part of this partnership, Respect will provide workforce development through the implementation of the Safe & Together approach in the five participating London Boroughs.
For more information about this project, including relevant trainings or events, please contact Ciara Bergman, our Head of Perpetrator Services.