Amongst its many impacts, the pandemic has unfortunately exacerbated the dangers faced in the home.
This has highlighted the importance of workplaces and HR staff spotting signs of domestic abuse, and providing the right support to their employees.
Nearly a quarter of services have seen caseloads increase as a result of COVID-19 (SafeLives UK, 2020), so it is of critical importance now, more than ever, that employers are prepared to respond appropriately if an employee’s welfare is at risk.
This essential seminar has been created in order to understand the different kinds of domestic abuse and how to recognise the signs in order to act effectively. This is crucial, especially as domestic abuse frequently goes underreported, or is not reported at all.
What’s on the agenda?
- Clearing up myths and definitions: understanding domestic abuse
- Recognising its many forms: domestic abuse is not just physical
- Identifying sensitive approaches for affected employees
- What are the rules? Confidentiality, incident reporting and recording
- Mitigating external influences: how has COVID-19 impacted domestic abuse?
- Working together for effective referral: how HR can work cohesively with staff and external organisations
Understanding domestic abuse and how to recognise the signs
Lee MarksCEO and Founder of Break the Silence UK
- Breaking down domestic abuse definitions: it’s not just physical
- What are the signs of domestic abuse?
- Is it hidden? How to recognise different kinds of abuse
- How common is it?
- Myths and misconceptions of domestic abuse
Supporting employees experiencing domestic abuse
Luke KendallSpecialist Domestic Abuse Consultant
- Identifying the best approach for the employee affected
- Responding sensitively and appropriately: how to best engage with the affected employee
- Having difficult conversations – language and communication
- Sufficient training: how can Human Resources work together with other staff?
- How can domestic abuse affect an employee’s work?
Effectively developing an approach, response and referral system for your organisation
Robert S WellsFounder & Director at Domestic Abuse Business Support Ltd (DABS)
- How to develop an effective organisation-wide policy and approach
- Intervention: what are your legal obligations?
- Confidentiality, reporting, and incident records – what are the rules?
- Effective referral: working with external organisations
- Managing unexpected pressures: COVID-19 and rising domestic abuse levels
- End of seminar