Out of his Control

Dear Bracknell Forest Borough Council,

I am requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) regarding the following:
1. Has Bracknell Forest 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 Bracknell Forest 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
Out of (His) Control
Twitter: @outofhiscontrol

Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Dear Tracy Thompson

Thank you for your request for information, below, which was received by the Council (12/08/2022) and we will answer your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The FOI Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly, and in any case no later than 20 working days (by 12/09/2022) unless it is necessary to consider the public interest, in which case a full response must be provided within such a time as is reasonable in the circumstances and I will write to you again if this occurs.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future correspondence.

Yours sincerely

Information Compliance Team
Legal Services
Delivery
Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 352000
Email: [Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]
Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

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Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Dear Tracy Thompson

 

I am writing to confirm that the council has completed the processing of
your request for information.

 

Please find below a copy of your request, followed by the Council’s
response.

 

Request

I am requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act (2000)
regarding the following:

 

 

1.Has Bracknell Forest 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?

DA training is provided quarterly through the Council DA Coordinator and
can be accessed by children’s services staff.  Family Safeguarding Model
team also provide monthly workshops (including domestic abuse) for all
children’s services staff.

 

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?  

Quarterly DA training on offer via DA Coordinator:

• Introduction to Domestic Abuse, delivered virtually (MS Teams) 3.5
hours, is mandatory for all social care staff starting in the LA
within the first 3 months of starting.
• MARAC and DASH, delivered virtually (MS Teams), 3.5 hours, previously
optional but as of Summer 2022, mandatory that it is completed by all
social care staff starting in the LA within 6 months of starting.

 

Family Safeguarding Model bitesize training, delivered virtually every
month, 1 hour, optional.  Rolling programme

 

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?

Information not collected

 

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?

Included in the training mentioned above.  

 

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?

n/a

 

9. Has Bracknell Forest 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)?

DA Act 2021 included in the above mentioned training. The statutory
guidance training element is being created.

 

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

 

 

 

You may also find it helpful to refer to our web page
[1]https://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/busi...
which contains other helpful information as well.

 

 

If you have any queries about this matter please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

Please note that your request may itself be the subject of a FOI request
and will be disclosed in that event.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to our
handling of your request you can request an internal review.

Requests for an internal review must be made in writing, and within 40
working days from the date the authority issued an initial response to
your request. Public authorities are not obliged to accept internal
reviews after this date.

 

Requests for internal reviews should be acknowledged and the target date
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When requesting an internal review, please include your reference number,
the date of your original request and your contact details. Please also
include an explanation of why you are dissatisfied with our response.
Requests for an internal review should be sent to:
[Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commission can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Compliance Team

Legal Services

Delivery

Bracknell Forest Council

Tel: 01344 352000

Email: [email address]

Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

 

 

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