Family Safety First (FSF) is a 12-week programme with each session lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes. The programme is limited to 10-12 participants. It is delivered on TEAMS or ZOOM usually in the evening however our facilitators sometimes offer Saturday sessions. It is possible to deliver the programme on a 1-to-1 basis in expectational circumstances.
The programme focuses on enhancing safety with families and helping abusers understand their harmful behaviours and how their actions affect their children and others in the home. It aims to support abusers to understand, acknowledge and be accountable for the abusive behaviours and the harm to children. Additionally, it aims to empower abusers who want to change their abusive behaviours to take the necessary steps to ensure the family’s long-term safety.
The programme utilises the Duluth Model/Wheel of Power and Control including adapted versions and draw on the concept and multi-faceted abuser role of the Dominator.
Given that this programme is child-centred, the facilitator will assist the attendees in understanding the context of child protection work, including children’s rights.
- Getting to know you – introduction to the programme and working together
- Assist abusers in understanding the different types of abuse, what it means t to be an abuser or perpetrator and identify the warning signs
- Explore abuser types and behaviours to support participants in identifying their actions and behaviour to identify controlling and unacceptable behaviours and actions.
- Assist participants in understanding the devastating impact of domestic abuse on child and adult victims.
- Assist participants in considering their feelings of anger and frustration and how to understand and regulate their emotions.
- Recap – using a range of exercises, the facilitator reviews the previous sessions to check understanding of the topics covered.
- Explore environmental/external factors and their relationship to abusive behaviours: enduring vulnerabilities, alcohol, drugs, mental health, work, finances, friends and family
- Assist participants in learning conflict resolution skills to empower them to manage and resolve conflict in their intimate relationship
- Victims’ perspective – assist participants in identifying who are victims, legal rights, criminal repercussions and seeing things from the victim’s perspective
- Personal assessment of abuse in the abuser’s relationship exploring what is happening in the individual’s relationship to enable them to take steps to make changes
- The child’s perspective: explore the impact of exposure to domestic abuse on children and the long-term implications
- Recap on sessions: self-analysis, motivation to change and action planning
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