Women's Aid partners with Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA)

Women’s Aid partners with Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA)

Through funding from the Department of Health, Women’s Aid and Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) have worked in partnership to develop and deliver a bespoke ‘train the trainer’ day for Adult Social Workers across the country.  The training focuses on the core competencies and knowledge that Adult Social Workers need in order to recognise, understand and respond effectively to controlling and coercive behaviours and to work with families where this is an issue. It also highlights the role of adult social workers in taking appropriate action where children or young people may be at risk.

The intended outcomes being that:

  • The new legislation on coercive and controlling behaviour and its implementation will be better understood by social workers.
  • Social workers will be able to understand and recognise coercive or controlling behaviours and the impact that it has on victims.
  • Social workers will be able to respond effectively and prioritise safety in families where coercive and controlling behaviour is an issue.
  • The confidence of social workers when working with controlling and coercive behaviour will improve.
  • The quality of professional social work practice for people and their carers will be improved across England.

Women’s Aid have enjoyed this joint piece of work with RiPfA and recognise that its success has been born from the two organisations having a wealth of experience delivering similar projects that improve frontline practice and help professionals. Partnership working is part of who we are and we continue to work with a range of both statutory and voluntary organisations.

You can find out more details on the RiPfA website, and more about coercive control and social work here.

Women’s Aid Chief Executive Polly Neate has blogged for RiPfA on coercive control as the driving force behind domestic abuse, and Lyn Romeo, Chief Social Worker for Adults at the Department of Health, blogs on safety and happiness here.


Find out more about the Women’s Aid National Training Centre.

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