Safer Families LEAP Domestic Violence Project

Safer Families LEAP Domestic Violence Project – Info for practitioners’ web page

Safer Families is a Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP) intervention aiming to prevent and provide support with domestic violence in families with children under 4 years old living in the LEAP wards of Coldharbour, Vassall, Stockwell or Tulse Hill.

We are helping families to maintain healthy relationships and providing support and protection for victims and their children experiencing abuse. 

As part of this we are offering tailored support to parents, practitioners and agencies within the LEAP area to improve responses to domestic violence.

What we offer?

Significant additional interventions to support the existing ongoing domestic violence work in the borough

Support for the workforce

Additional tailored support and guidance is available to children’s centres, health services and community settings in the LEAP areas to increase their ability to provide appropriate response to domestic violence. Focus is on increasing practitioner’s confidence to identify families and children experiencing domestic abuse, assessing their needs and responding appropriately, increasing referrals and signposting to specialist services. 

If families are identified correctly and receive appropriate intervention it will help them feel supported and the service will help the family stay safe. It also means reductions in the incidence of domestic violence amongst LEAP areas.

This offer includes assessment of your agency’s needs, development of support package through learning and skills development sessions, short bite size trainings, 1-1 advice phone and in person, recording and process audits, developing policies and learning tools and ongoing support to access resources, training and learning tools for your team.

Learning will be tailored to the needs of your agency, accessible and easy to follow.

If you are interested in more information please email or call the LEAP Domestic Violence Workforce Development Coordinator Erika Pavely, T: 020 7926 6672, E: EPavely@lambeth.gov.uk, between Tuesday and Thursday.

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You can also refer your service users to our interventions for families

Confident Mums,  

Confident Mums is a group for pregnant women who referrers consider may be at risk of domestic abuse and may not yet be ready to share that domestic abuse has taken place. Thus the emphasis is on healthy relationships that will benefit their baby. The group has the potential to support all pregnant women , even where it turns out there is no actual abuse happening, but the group’s critical purpose is to scan for signs, identify abuse and signpost to the second group or for individual support from the Gaia Project where abuse has been acknowledged.  

The group is delivered by St Michael’s Fellowship and takes place at Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre on Wednesdays from 10am-12pm.

How to refer:

If you have identified a woman who might benefit from this service, you can refer with their consent, by contacting St. Michael’s Fellowship E: admin@stmichaelsfellowship.org.uk T: 020 8835 9570. Crèche available.

Women can drop-in or self-refer.

Safer Stronger 

Safer Stronger is a support group for mothers, with children aged under 4, who are experiencing domestic abuse from partners, ex-partners or family members.

The group is delivered by St Michael’s Fellowship and takes place at Henry Fawcett Children’s Centre on Wednesdays from 1-3pm.

How to refer:

If you have identified a woman who might benefit from this service, you can refer with their consent, by contacting St Michael’s Fellowship E: admin@stmichaelsfellowship.org.uk T: 020 8835 9570 - Crèche available.

Women can drop-in or self-refer.

Outreach Workers

If a parent you are supporting is or have experienced abuse from a partner, ex-partner or family member we can support them one-one to keep safe. This offer includes flexible holistic approach over a longer period, with a wider remit to meet a wide range of needs with the overall aim of increasing their safety and wellbeing.

We can

  • Meet with the parent confidentially about their experiences without judgement.
  • Meet or speak with them one off or provide them ongoing support.
  • Explore all options available to them
  • Meet them at a location which is convenient and safe for them 
  • Look for activities which could help them feel less isolated and alone.

How to refer:

If you have identified a parent who might benefit from this service, you can refer with their consent, by contacting the Gaia Centre on 020 7733 8724 (Monday to Friday 8am-6pm) or email lambethvawg@refuge.org.uk

We will need safe contact details to contact the parent. We will assess immediate risks and provide options. Parents can also self-refer.

All these services are free to service users and provide confidential support.

Barriers to accessing support

We understand that it may be difficult for parents to talk about their experiences. It may be that they are:

  • Frightened of ending a relationship
  • Unaware of all their options
  • Have nowhere to go or have no one to turn to
  • Struggling with their finances
  • Worried about breaking the family apart and the impact on the children

Outreach workers are here to support them through this. Please contact us if you need further support or advice with making referral.  

Safeguarding

If you have safeguarding concerns, click here. http://www.leaplambeth.org.uk/info-for-practitioners/safeguarding-in-lambeth/