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Video of Cheshire East's peer challenge presentation: part one
Challenge themes: Achieving more through partnerships
This is a video of 'Cheshire East Domestic Abuse Partnership's' presentation to the Local Innovation Awards judging panel (length: 9 minutes, 03 seconds).
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We want to do three things in our presentation. The first one is to give you a little brief introduction to our partnership and the scale of innovation of achievements that we have implemented in recent years.
Secondly we want to tell you a story which illustrates the innovation in one particular project, and thirdly we want to present to you service users who took part in the project.
We have not brought our service user with us because we did not feel it appropriate to ask one person to represent the scale of the service user engagement across Cheshire East. But what we hope is that their voices will come through both in the questions and in the presentation.
We are Cheshire Domestic Abuse Partnership which is a strategic partnership that covers both two council areas. Up until April 2009 we were one county council and we have split operationally, but strategically we are still one partnership until the end of March 2010.
You can see from the slide that we put the experience and the practice that is delivered directly to service users’ right at the heart of that partnership.
In terms of what we achieved, the national violence against women and girls strategy was launched in November 2009 around the themes of protection, prevention and provision.
Those actually were already the headings of our strategy which we have been implementing for the last three years. What I want to show you on three slides is what the government is recommending and what is already in place in Cheshire.
One of the pieces of feedback that came through from your consideration of our bid was that innovation was part of what we did but a lot of the things we could be doing could be found in other authorities.
That is true, because we believe it is important to follow the best practice that is out there nationally. But we also believe the scale of the innovation in implementing that practice is extremely significant.
What I have done on the slides, is to highlight in red the things that I think are truly innovative about the way Cheshire both implements best practice but also has contributed to the development of best practice.
The government is saying in relation to prevention we should be doing those things and this is what we have in place both in Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester. Certainly our safeguarding children and education team which Chris, here on the panel, leads, we do not believe there is any other team like that in the country, and Chris has done a lot of national work and can talk more about that.
In terms of provision, that is what the government says we should have and this is what we have in place and again our partnering agreement, the local area agreement targets, not just the national one but the local indicator is different.
The therapeutic and change programmes that are there for children so that any family experiencing domestic abuse, and where children are impacted, we have both programmes to help them to process and also to change emerging abusive behaviour that we know can be one outcome of exposure to domestic abuse.
And through the local authority we have child workers in all our refuges which is not funded in any statutory way by any other means.
Thirdly, protection: we have a multi-agency risk assessment conferencing (MARAC); independent domestic violence advocacy (IDVA), and the work with police. We have got a domestic abuse family safety unit which is housed in a police station, funded by partnership and employed through the local authority. So you can already see that there is a significant degree of partnership working there.
Our MARACs are co-ordinated not by police but through the manager of the IDVA service which is the professional advocacy service. We do that on behalf of all the partners in our partnership.
We have our voluntary perpetrator programme, which is currently being accredited to national standards and for the last 12 years our local authorities have funded the strategic post which I now fill which I think is a hugely significant contribution.
So that’s just to give you an idea of both the scale of what we have achieved but also the ways in which that achievement is particularly innovative and we want now to present to you one story, just taking one project of how that has been achieved:
This artwork is a celebration. It celebrates the strength and support that families give one another in hard times. It celebrates the courage that young people show in going for life even when some of their early experiences have been painful.
It celebrates the love and protection that mothers give to their children even when they have felt afraid. The ‘Labyrinth’ is a picture of the journey that women and children take in surviving domestic abuse.
It contains something of every person who’s been involved – a footprint, a story, an image of hope, a word of comfort. You are invited to share in that story and to use it to celebrate what makes you proud about yourself and your own journey.
The Labyrinth was made over five days – two days residential by the young people and three support group days by the women
Quote from a refuge child worker: “I am the refuge child worker funded by the local authority to enable children to settle in to the refuge, local school and community”.
These days were led by an art therapist and counsellor whom we had worked with before and so felt confident she would be sensitive as well as creative.
Quote from a Police officer: “I am the police officer who attended the scene of the incident, took positive action to restrain the perpetrator and referred the family on to the refuge”.
The days were also supported by staff from all the organisations of which the young people and women were service users.
Quote from a refuge support worker: “I’m the refuge support worker who helps women recover and get back control of their lives. It is a privilege to do what I do”.
This was really important because celebrating your families’ support and survival sometimes involves remembering the hard times. Someone was always on hand to help anyone who found it difficult.
Quote from a solicitor: “I am the solicitor who supported my client to get an injunction and act to secure the children’s residence”.
Nine young people went to the Conway Centre and enjoyed outdoor activities to build confidence and friendships. As well as creating the artwork they: climbing wall; low ropes team activity; night time stories in the tepee; painting; creating butterflies on which to write their stories; identifying the wishes and treasures they would like to find on their journey.
Quote from the Jigsaw programme commissioner: “I commission the Jigsaw group work programme that helps young people process their experience and move on”.
Quote from the Youth Offending Service Manager: “I am the Youth Offending Service manager who commissions the Changing Places programme, which helps young people to choose not to copy the violent and bullying behaviour they have been living with”.
They were particularly proud of their recordings of their own strengths and survival on voice boxes which travel with the Labyrinth.
Quote from the Safeguarding Children in Education manager: I am the Safeguarding Children in Education manager, making sure school communities know about and understand domestic abuse, get messages to children about disclosure and support them well when they ‘tell’”.
The Women met three times and, like the young people, spent some time getting to know each other. Some felt apprehensive about the artwork and others about meeting new people. Domestic abuse destroys confidence and doing new things can be hard.
Quote from the Adults Services Commissioning Manager: “I am the Adults Services Commissioning Manager overseeing the Independent Domestic Violence Advocacy service and the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferencing. I make sure everyone works together to keep adult and child survivors as safe as possible”.
Clare took everyone through a process of recognising the good things that helped them and their children survive. Then everyone had the chance to imagine how these strengths could be built into a piece of art.
Quote from the Assistant Chief Constable: “I am the Assistant Chief Constable, used to dealing with domestic abuse, who needed a hug from a refuge manager when I walked the Labyrinth”.
Domestic abuse is a form of adult bullying. Someone in a family pushes the others around; emotionally, physically, financially, sexually. It is about putting someone else down and controlling their life.
Quote from the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) manager: “I am the NSPCC manager who assesses, risk manages and challenges men on ‘Lifeline’, the voluntary perpetrator programme”.
Quote from the Criminal Justice Board chair: “I am the Criminal Justice Board chair. I launched the domestic abuse strategy and chaired ‘Out of the Shadows’ – making sure our sector listens to what victims are saying about what it is like on the receiving end of our services”.
It can result in physical injury and emotional damage both for the adult who is being harmed and for children too, who often feel afraid, anxious and very alone.
Quote from Chief Probation Officer: “I am the Assistant Chief Probation Officer who has been on the partnership from the beginning, making sure that holding offenders to account is more than an aspiration.”