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Dear Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

I am requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) regarding the following:
1. Has Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council Children’s Services department arranged for its social care staff to attend domestic abuse training on The Safe & Together Model? (As set out in the BASW England: Domestic Abuse Guidance for social workers April 2021).
2. If the answer to question 1 is yes, please tell us the number of staff in this department, and by their job title, that have attended this training as of 8th August 2022.
3. If the answer to question 1 is no, please tell us if your children’s services department has arranged for its social care staff to attend domestic abuse training on Women’s Aid Change That Lasts Programme? (As set out in the BASW England: Domestic Abuse Guidance for social workers April 2021).
4. If the answer to questions 1 and 3 is no, please tell us if your children’s services department has provided any other specific training to staff to deal with domestic abuse cases?
5. If the answer to question 4 is yes, please tell me the name of this training, how it was delivered, it’s duration and whether it was mandatory or optional?
6. If the answer to question 4 is yes, please also tell us the number of staff in this department, and by their job title, that have attended this training as of 8th August 2022?
7. If the answer to questions 1 and 3 is no, please tell us if your children’s services department has provided any other specific training to staff on Controlling and Coercive Behaviours (Coercive Control) to deal with domestic abuse cases?
8. If the answer to question 7 is yes, please tell me the name of this training, how it was delivered, it’s duration and whether it was mandatory or optional?
9. Has Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council Children’s Services department arranged for its social care staff to attend training on the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (and the Statutory Guidance July 2022)?
10. If the answer to question 9 is yes, please tell us the number of staff in this department, and by their job title, that have attended this training as of 8th August 2022.

Yours sincerely,
Tracy Thompson
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Twitter: @outofhiscontrol

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Dear Ms Thompson

 

Request for Information RFI-5050-22

 

Thank you for your request for information relating to Domestic Abuse
Training which was received on 11 August 2022.

 

In accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
the council will respond to your request within 20 working days, saying
whether we have the information that you want, and if there will be any
charges. 

 

If, for any reason, we cannot provide you with the information, we will
tell you why.

If we need to clarify your request, we will contact you again.

 

Update – Your Information Rights Requests and Coronavirus:

 

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This may mean that our usual processes for responding to requests for
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so quoting the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely,

Fakhara Qanwal

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

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Dear Ms Thompson,

 

I write to acknowledge and apologise for the delay in responding to your
request relating to Domestic Abuse Training. As you know, the council is
required to respond to all requests for information under the Freedom of
Information Act within 20 working days, unless a ‘qualified exception’
applies that requires the consideration of the Public Interest.

 

Walsall Council takes its obligations under this legislation extremely
seriously and I am sorry that in this case we have not met this timescale.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to assure you of our best
intentions in this regard. I can confirm that a full reply to your request
will be sent to you as soon as possible

 

If you have any queries in regard to this process, please do not hesitate
to contact us.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Andrews

 

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: [1]walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

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Dear Ms Thompson,

 

Freedom of Information Request

 

Please accept my sincerest apologies for the delay you have experienced in
receiving a response to your Freedom of Information Request. As you know,
the council is required to respond to all requests for information under
the Freedom of Information Act within 20 working days, unless a ‘qualified
exception’ applies.

 

I am however happy to provide the information you requested below. I hope
this information is still of use to you. Please note that the information
given in this response is as at the date of your request.

If you do have any queries or additional questions regarding the
information that has been provided please do not hesitate to contact me
direct on the details at the bottom of this email.

 

Further to your request for information about Domestic Abuse Training, I
can tell you the following:

 

1. Has Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council Children’s Services
department arranged for its social care staff to attend domestic abuse
training on The Safe & Together Model? (As set out in the BASW England:
Domestic Abuse Guidance for social workers April 2021).

No

2. If the answer to question 1 is yes, please tell us the number of
staff in this department, and by their job title, that have attended this
training as of 8th August 2022.

N/A

 

3. If the answer to question 1 is no, please tell us if your
children’s services department has arranged for its social care staff to
attend domestic abuse training on Women’s Aid Change That Lasts Programme?
(As set out in the BASW England: Domestic Abuse Guidance for social
workers April 2021).

No

 

4. If the answer to questions 1 and 3 is no, please tell us if your
children’s services department has provided any other specific training to
staff to deal with domestic abuse cases?

We have developed an in house bespoke training offer delivered by one of
our Senior Practitioners. The training commenced in August 2021 and is a
refresher training for social workers, it looks at how Social Workers
approach domestic abuse with families. The content looks at case studies,
safety planning with families and how plans are developed. 44
practitioners have attended the sessions so far. 

Further training is being developed by the Team Manager for Practice and
Partnership Development and a Senior Practitioner in regard to language,
attitudes and beliefs. This is due to commence in December 2022. 

There is always a stream of domestic abuse training on offer via Walsall
Safeguarding Partnership and the Domestic Abuse Coordinator (Sharon
Martin). 

 

5. If the answer to question 4 is yes, please tell me the name of
this training, how it was delivered, it’s duration and whether it was
mandatory or optional?

Domestic abuse Training (delivered by Senior Practitioner) Face to face
and Virtual 

Domestic abuse – achieving culture change (optional) Face to face 

Working with DV & IPV (Domestic Abuse/Intimate Partner Violence) Training
(optional) Virtual 

Awareness of coercive control – Black Country Women’s Aid (optional)
Virtual

Honour Based Violence – Sharon Martin (optional) Virtual

DASHH and MARAC Training – MARAC Co-ordinator (optional) Virtual

Understanding Male Victims – Lauren Grindley – Women’s Domestic Violence
Forum (optional) Virtual

Understanding of Domestic Abuse, Coercive Control, Rape and Sexual
Violence – Sharon Martin (optional) Virtual

6. If the answer to question 4 is yes, please also tell us the number
of staff in this department, and by their job title, that have attended
this training as of 8th August 2022?

It is a rolling programme with expectation for all staff to attend. 

7. If the answer to questions 1 and 3 is no, please tell us if your
children’s services department has provided any other specific training to
staff on Controlling and Coercive Behaviours (Coercive Control) to deal
with domestic abuse cases?

This is incorporated into the above training programme

 

8. If the answer to question 7 is yes, please tell me the name of
this training, how it was delivered, it’s duration and whether it was
mandatory or optional?

 

9. Has Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council  Children’s Services
department arranged for its social care staff to attend training on the
Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (and the Statutory Guidance July 2022)?

This is incorporated into the above training programme

 

10. If the answer to question 9 is yes, please tell us the number of
staff in this department, and by their job title,  that have attended this
training as of 8th August 2022.

N/A

 

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I hope that the information provided is useful to you. However, if you are
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send to: Lead Assurance Officer, Business Change, Civic Centre, Darwall
Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP.

 

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Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF.

 

Again I would like to offer my apologies for any inconvenience the delay
to your request may have caused you

 

Yours sincerely,

Laurie Andrews

 

Assurance Team, Resources and Transformation

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council,

Civic Centre,

Darwall Street,

Walsall, WS1 1DG

Email: [Walsall Council request email]

Service area: walsall.gov.uk/ Information Governance and Assurance

Website:  www.walsall.gov.uk

 

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