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Department for Children, Schools and Families 2007

“Irrespective of the degree of involvement they have in the care of their children, fathers should be offered routinely the support and opportunities they need to play their parental role effectively.”

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Dad’s, grand dads and male carers breakfast

  • Unique opportunity of encouraging dads, granddads and male carers to visit your school for a dads breakfast in your primary school.  We facilitate a dad's breakfast at your Primary School.
  • MMOV have delivered our dad’s breakfast entitled “What matters most...” to over 500 dads in Croydon. The dads get the chance to engage with various activities with their child/children in school.
  • The activities can range from handicrafts to archery where the dads/males carers can engage with their children.

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MIGHTY MEN OF VALOUR – QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Mighty Men of Valour (MMOV) have developed our own model which has been piloted in Croydon which has proved to be very successful.

We currently provide six, one hour sessions for clients who are perpetrators or potential perpetrators of Domestic Violence. Our model is successful because we treat all DV client’s information and backgrounds, as unique to that case. Most of our referrals to MMOV are from Social Service and they involve couples where a child or children are involved. We analyse each case based on its history and focus on the best outcomes for the child and the victim. As our cases involve children, there are only three viable outcomes:

  • The couple separate and the child has contact with their partner (usually the father).
  • The couple separate and the child has no contact with their partner (usually the father).
  • The couple decide that they want to stay together (without any coercion for either partner).
Within the six sessions we may interview the victim separately or if they wish with their consent, have a session together with their partner. Again this will depend again the three viable outcomes and focusing on the best outcomes for the children and the victim.

If children are not involved then the focus is entirely on the best outcomes for the victim.

We also discuss in detail what led up to the Domestic Violence occurring in each case;, the triggers which caused the Domestic Violence; are there any innate triggers that need to be explored and what can be done, if anything, to preventing DV occurring again in their relationship.

In some cases, the conclusion maybe that the client is unable to control themselves or their anger, in which case the best outcome is for them, is for them to be separated from their family.

We are able to offer sessions during the day, evenings and/or weekends.

MMOV staff team has been recruited and vetted through a Recruitment Agency that we use called ACT Recruitment Agency and through our vast network which includes Croydon Voluntary Action where our offices are based. Our staff team are trained using our model and they are sent on safeguarding courses delivered by Croydon Voluntary Action. Some of our trainers we hope will be attending the DV Training hosted by the Family Justice Centre.

We provide our staff team training to deliver the DV support and they are paid for the contact hours that they do. We do provide other training as stated above and well as regular supervision support. We also ensure that they have full DBS disclosure.

MMOV does not have leaflets or promotional material which advertises the Domestic Violence Support Service that we offer. However, because our work has been very effective, we have found that the quality of our service speaks for itself. We evaluate ourselves on the feedback given by the outcomes of each referral agency (usually Social Services) and our success criteria are based on the outcomes achieved. We have found that word of mouth has been very effective tool to advertise our service and our service is very closely to a payment by results methodology.

MMOV can and are able and willing to attend CP, Core groups and Conferences, if required. We do submit reports, if requested. However, there is a cost for this service, as most professionals are paid for the time to attend these meetings, and these additional meetings are outside of the six DV sessions offered to the client.

MMOV currently receive about one client per month from Social Services. However, if we were to receive more clients from Social Services, we would be able to support up to 120 perpetrators/ clients per month.

MMOV Staff Team undergo regular supervision. Our staff team are required to give an assessment of the outcomes of each session and any concerns or which needs to be notified to Social Services, who referred the client to us. We give constant verbal feedback to Social Services and give a written report and recommendations, if requested, after the sessions are completed.

Please find enclosed a copy of our Equal Opportunities Policy.

National Policy Context “Nearly a third of surveyed women, aged 16 to 59, say they have experienced domestic abuse sometime in their adult lives according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales 2012-13. Over a million women and 700,000 men experienced some form of domestic abuse including violence, stalking and emotional abuse that year. Seventy seven women were killed by their partners in 2012/13. CAADA estimates that there are 100,000 victims at high risk of serious harm or murder and 130,000 children living with these.

There were estimated to be over 400,000 victims of sexual assault and one million stalking victims in 2012/13. Over two thirds of these were women. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary recently reported that domestic violence incidents accounted for 8% of all recorded crime and one third of assaults with injury. One in four young people aged 10 to 24 said they had experienced domestic violence or abuse during their childhood. On average an emergency call is made to the police about domestic violence every 30 seconds.

There were estimated to be over 400,000 victims of sexual assault and one million stalking victims in 2012/13. Over two thirds of these were women. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary recently reported that domestic violence incidents accounted for 8% of all recorded crime and one third of assaults with injury. One in four young people aged 10 to 24 said they had experienced domestic violence or abuse during their childhood. On average an emergency call is made to the police about domestic violence every 30 seconds.

The Government estimates that the annual cost of violence against women and girls is at least £36.7 billion. In 2010, the Government launched its strategy ‘A Call to End Violence Against Women and Girls’. The Coalition Government indicated it would treat violence against women and girls less as a purely criminal justice issue, instead placing greater emphasis on prevention and local action. The strategy set out detailed objectives under four headings:

  • Prevention
  • Improving provision
  • Partnership working
  • Risk reduction and justice outcomes

In September 2012, the Home Office announced the new definition of domestic violence and abuse to encompass those aged 16-17 years and to reflect coercive control. ‘Any incident or pattern of incidents of controlling, coercive or threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 years or over who are or have been intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality. This can encompass, but is not limited to, the following types of abuse:

  • Psychological
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Emotional
  • Financial

Controlling behaviour is: A range of acts designed to make a person subordinate and/or dependent by isolating them from sources of support, exploiting their resources and capacities for personal gain, depriving them of the means needed for independence, resistance and escape and regulating their everyday behaviour.

Coercive behaviour is: An act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten their victim. This includes issues of concern to black and minority ethnic (BME) communities such as so called ‘honour’ based violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, and is clear that victims are not confined to one gender or ethnic group.

Domestic Homicide Reviews became statutory on 13th April 2011. A Domestic Homicide Review (DHR) is a review of the circumstances in which the death of a person aged 16 or over, has or appears to have, resulted from violence, abuse or neglect by:

  • a person to whom he/she was related or with whom he/she was or had been in an intimate personal relationship, or
  • a member of the same household as her/himself.

Local Partnerships use Domestic Homicide Reviews as an opportunity to improve local Services delivery and in November 2013, the Government published Domestic Homicide Review: Lessons Learned to pull together common themes such as risk assessment, information sharing and multi-agency working.

In February 2014, NICE published its Public Health guidance on domestic violence and abuse – how Services can respond effectively (PH50) It aims to help identify, prevent and reduce domestic violence and abuse, outlining how health Services, social care and other organisations they work with can respond effectively to domestic violence and abuse.

Domestic Violence Protection Orders (DVPOs) were rolled out across England and Wales in March 2014. This new power enables police and magistrates’ courts to provide protection to victims in the immediate aftermath of a domestic violence incident. DVPOs can be used to provide immediate protection to a victim where there is not enough evidence to charge an alleged perpetrator and provide protection to victims via bail conditions. A DVPO can last for up to 28 days, during which time the perpetrator can be prevented from having contact with the victim. DVPOs are designed to give victims the time and space they need to make decisions about their options and future safety with the help of a support agency.”

MMOV have over 40 courses accredited courses that our staff team are qualified to deliver. These qualifications are accredited by ONC London. However, our DV support service does not offer clients an accredited course because the purpose and outcomes of our DV courses is not the same as one of our parenting courses.

The purpose in our DV Support Service is simply to ascertain whether or not:

  • the perpetrator is still a danger to their child or to their partner
  • is it possible to for the perpetrator to control themselves if angry, and
  • if they not able to control themselves, then what action needs to be taken to protect the child and /or the victim.

MMOV does not select clients/families. Clients or families are referred to us, usually by Social Services. A client or family can refer themselves to our service, but there is a cost for our service because we are not funded. Clients can however access a free service via Social Services, if they can get authorisation from their line managers.

Referrals made to MMOV are mainly from Social Services. Client’s needs are assessed by their Social Worker and based on these needs the clients are referred to our service. The client’s Social Worker then informs us of the desired outcomes required..

MMOV offer six DV sessions per client. However, in some cases clients may want additional support, e.g. relationship support and advice, which is outside to the six Domestic Violence sessions.

We are happy to offer and deliver these sessions however, these session are tailor made to each clients. They sessions can take on average between six to sixteen additional sessions, ranging from two sessions a week, to one session every fortnight.

If MMOV are asked to deliver one of our courses below, have qualified teachers, internal assessors and we have external assessor by ONC London. Each module for each course has to be assessed in order for a qualification to be obtained. We offer courses from entry level to level 2. Please see a sample of the course which we can deliver below:

Course Name Level Credit Course Code
Understanding How and Why to Support Children in Family Learning E3 3 HB1/E3/QQ/023
Introduction to Developing Parenting Skills E3 3 HJ2/E3/QQ/006
Preparation for Work 1 3 HC4/1/QQ/021
Developing Parenting Skills 1 3 HJ2/1/QQ/009
Understanding Changing Roles and Relationships in Adolescence 1 3 HJ2/1/QQ/012
Family Relationships 1 3 HJ2/1/QQ/011
Supporting Your Children’s Literacy and Numeracy Development through Family Learning 1 3 HB1/1/QQ/035
Preparation for Work 2 3 HC4/2/QQ/015
Supporting Your Children’s Literacy and Numeracy Development through Family Learning 2 2 HB7/2/QQ/010

If a client has been referred to take a course with MMOV then the qualification that they have received will be evidence of whether or not the client has passed or failed the course. Our tutors can feedback on attendance, time keeping and attitude whilst undertaking the course and additional information if requested.

Other than the work mentioned above, we offer one to one mentoring support at home or at The Family Centre in New Addington; we offer Counselling Support; Employability courses, Health Awareness, Sexual health Awareness and our Super Dads mentoring support, to name but a few of our sessions/courses. All of our courses are accredited by OCN London awarding body.

We can work with people of all age groups. We currently offer mentoring support and anger management to children in Primary Schools and well as working with adult men (and women).

Mighty Men of Valour (MMOV) offices are based at Croydon Voluntary Action Resource Centre, 82 London Road, Croydon, CR0 2TB and at Croydon Voluntary Action, Cornerstone House, 14 Willis Road, Croydon, CR0 2XX. Referral Agencies are able to telephone to book an appointment. However, referrals are made via email. We see clients only by appointment.

All MMOV staff is DBS checked. MMOV also work with rehabilitated offenders who do have positive disclosure on their DBS, but these members of staff are scrutinised and risk assessed to ensure that there are no risks to clients or service users.

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