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The Drive Partnership Commits to Workforce Development and Leadership  Programme to Support Professionals from Racialised Communities

A new Workforce Development and Leadership Programme Report, carried out by H.O.P.E  Training and Consultancy), sets out key recommendations to build capacity and opportunities  for professionals from racialised communities working across the domestic abuse perpetrator  service sector.  

Recognising a lack of diversity in the workforce and inadequate opportunities for professionals  from racialised communities as a prominent issue across the not-for-profit sector, the Drive  Partnership commissioned H.O.P.E Training and Consultancy to conduct research into the  views and experiences of nearly 50 frontline staff from racialised communities and over 40  sector leaders working within specialist domestic abuse perpetrator services and  organisations.  

Through 1-2-1 interviews and group discussions with frontline staff, researchers identified  three overarching themes and areas for improvement, including tackling institutional racism; focusing on equality, diversity, and inclusion (ED&I); and addressing feelings of isolation.  Researchers also recognised that ED&I was a central focus of sector leaders but identified  the understanding and acknowledgement of privilege as an opportunity for further  improvement.  

Utilising these findings, H.O.P.E Training and Consultancy compiled four key recommendations to address systemic barriers to colleagues from racialised communities in  relation to entering the sector, remaining part of the workforce and progressing to leadership  opportunities. The recommendations, which the Drive Partnership has committed to  implementing, include a pilot leadership programme for staff from racialised communities, a  pilot development course for sector leaders, the development of a support network and action  learning, and a final evaluation and sharing of findings. 

Meena Kumari, Founder & Director of H.O.P.E Training and Consultancy, said: “Working with  The Drive Partnership has enabled us to review existing practices and produce recommendations that will empower everyone working across the sector to start tackling this sector-wide issue. By listening to views and experiences, we can ensure that all professionals  from racialised communities have equitable access to leadership and development opportunities and that those already in leadership positions are equipped with the skills and  knowledge to lead change.”  

The publication of the report fulfils the first recommendation of a collaborative research project supported by Drive as part of its National Systems Change commitment to closing the gap in  evidence and practice when developing effective and appropriate responses to domestic  abuse across racialised communities.  

Following the report’s publication, Kyla Kirkpatrick, Director of The Drive Partnership, said:  “We are extremely grateful to all professionals for sharing their views, thoughts, and  experiences – particularly those sharing challenging experiences of inequality, institutional  racism and isolation. Change is vital, and we are committed to tackling the systems within  our organisations and across the sector that limit the potential of professionals from racialised  communities. 

“We recognise that there is still much work to be done to ensure that services like Drive meet  the specific needs of domestic abuse victims within racialised and minoritised communities,  including responding effectively to perpetrators of domestic abuse across all communities”. 

“Only once leaders and professionals in our sector represent the communities we seek to  serve will we be able to create lasting change. We are committed to working in collaboration  with H.O.P.E Training and Consultancy, as well as other ‘by and for’ and specialist  organisations, to implement these vital recommendations”.

Evaluation report of H.O.P.E Cross Cultural Training Webinars

H.O.P.E Training & Consultancy & The University of Suffolk today have launched a report presenting the findings of a study conducted to evaluate the efficacy and utility of Cross-Cultural Training offered by H.O.P.E through a webinar format to a range of researchers, professionals, practitioners and front-line workers from a range of statutory, non-governmental and third-sector organisations.

The report presents a number of existing problems which arise from a lack of cross-cultural competency, and how training could mitigate against these problems and ameliorate a lack of cultural awareness/sensitivity and ability to empathize with those from specific backgrounds and understand the cultural circumstances specific to their personal situations.

This project was Funded by Lloyds TSB Foundation & Supported by Safelives and consisted of 12 webinars all speakers from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds running from March 2021-November 2021, all were chaired by Founder & Director of H.O.P.E. The Webinar registration ranged from 127-276 bookings average attendance 110. There were 147 matched pre- and post-intervention survey responses analysed. All speakers were also interviewed after each webinar.

H.O.P.E Training & Consultancy & The University of Suffolk today have launched a report presenting the findings of a study conducted to evaluate the efficacy and utility of Cross-Cultural Training offered by H.O.P.E through a webinar format to a range of researchers, professionals, practitioners and front-line workers from a range of statutory, non-governmental and third-sector organisations.

The report presents a number of existing problems which arise from a lack of cross-cultural competency, and how training could mitigate against these problems and ameliorate a lack of cultural awareness/sensitivity and ability to empathize with those from specific backgrounds and understand the cultural circumstances specific to their personal situations.

This project was Funded by Lloyds TSB Foundation & Supported by Safelives and consisted of 12 webinars all speakers from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds running from March 2021-November 2021, all were chaired by Founder & Director of H.O.P.E. The Webinar registration ranged from 127-276 bookings average attendance 110. There were 147 matched pre- and post-intervention survey responses analysed. All speakers were also interviewed after each webinar.

The report key findings were:

  • Quantitative findings demonstrate statistically significant gains in knowledge and confidence
  • Survey findings and interviewee comments support that CCT is needed – CCT can challenge, educate, amplify neglected voices, create counter-narratives, mobilise and empower
  • Feedback from attendees suggests speakers’ discussion of lived experience and having a space for open, authentic conversation were key to learning
  • Interviewees suggest CCT is necessary for promoting equitable sector, but accountability and action are also crucial

Dr Dev R Maitra LL.B. (Hons.) M.Phil. (Cantab) PGDip(Law) FHEA- Senior Research Fellow & Head of Centre for Abuse Research “Our research at the University of Suffolk showed that CCT was viewed by participants as being a highly beneficial, nuanced piece of training, sensitive to contemporary needs in the field, especially in light of the BLM movement. In particular, participants felt that the training was informed and pragmatic, allowing for candid and open discussions around the subjects of race, gender-based violence, and myriad other pressing social issues”

Dr Katherine Allen Research Assistant Centre for Abuse Research (CARe) “Our evaluation findings highlight the importance of promoting wider access to CCT that speaks to substantive issues around lived experience and systemic discrimination. The overwhelmingly positive responses from participants demonstrate that there is a hunger for this kind of training within the sector which has often gone unmet in the past, contributing to inequalities in service provision for minoritised survivors. The significant gains in knowledge and confidence among attendees suggest that effective CCT is a crucial step in the journey to creating a more equal sector.”

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Consultation on workforce development and leadership programme for racialised communities on working with those who cause harm in intimate and family relationships

About the Project

The Drive Partnership has commissioned H.O.P.E Training & Consultancy & its consortium members to design a workforce development and leadership programme to build capacity and confidence amongst professionals from racialised communities working with those causing harm in intimate and family relationships. Our goal is to increase the ethnic, racial and cultural diversity of the VAWG (Violence Against Women and Girls) sector workforce, specifically those working with those who harm, to make the sector more representative of the communities we serve.

Background

Research carried out by University of Suffolk and H.O.P.E Training and Consultancy explored family and intimate relationship harm within racialised communities with a focus on those causing harm. [1]

The research identified that one of the key barriers to providing effective and accessible responses to perpetrators from minoritised communities is the workforce being unrepresentative of the communities it serves.

Following on from this research, Drive carried out focus groups with practitioners from racialised communities working in the VAWG sector to explore next steps. These pointed to the need for the development of a workforce development and leadership programme.

Following an open tender process, Drive commissioned H.O.P.E to take this forward, supported by the following consortium members: Natasha Broomfield-Reid – Diverse Matters; Sarah Wigley – Sarah Wigley Associates; Jodie Das – CRAFT Training & Development; Imran Manzoor- Pegasus Therapeutic Services Ltd & Breaking the Silence and Annie Gibbs – Amour Destiné.

[1] Adisa O., and Allen K. (2020). Increasing safety for those experiencing family and intimate relationship harm within black and minority ethnic communities by responding to those who harm: Survey findings. University of Suffolk.

We’d love your ideas for the programme!

H.O.P.E & its Consortium members are consulting on what a programme should look like, and wish to gather a number of different perspectives, both within the domestic abuse sector and other voluntary and statutory sectors. They hope to hear from:

  • People from racialised* communities who are working in the DA / perpetrator sector
  • Leaders from the DA sector, particularly those delivering perpetrator programmes
  • People from racialised communities working in statutory and voluntary/community organisations

*Our definition of racialised is: the term ‘racialised’ refers to anyone who is discriminated against for their race or ethnicity, where ethnicity encompasses factors such as the nationality, religion, language and traditions of a particular group.

When does this work start?

Consultation groups as well as one-to-ones will be offered throughout October – December 2021. Please click button below for focus groups and times (all via zoom).

We will be running groups for:

  • Workforce & Leadership Development: sector leaders -This session is to explore the views and insights of sector leaders providing DA services
  • Workforce & Leadership Development: practitioners from racialised communities- This session is for practitioners from racialised communities either working in the DA sector, or other sectors working with families experiencing DA such as children’s services, probation, police, mental health.

Please note those attending from the below groups will be paid for their time for attending as per DRIVE paid contributions policy. Those excluded from payment are below. If you attend and contribute you will be paid an hourly rate. Please contact H.O.P.E for more information on this and where to submit invoice after event. For focus groups we are limiting 2 per organisation per focus group.

• Experts by experience, self-employed independent consultants/practitioners and local ‘grass roots’ organisations / small charities
• Academics who are acting in an independent consultant capacity when/if work falls outside of the remit and scope of their institutional role.

Exclusions
• Contributions from larger, well-funded organisations – such as national charities or statutory organisations – where input and collaboration is part of the contributor’s professional role or the purpose of the organisation

If you would like a 121 interview with a consortium member please email admin@hopetraining.co.uk and we will arrange this.

If you require any additional assistance to ensure you participate fully please let us know by emailing admin@hopetraining.co.uk

Focus Group & Times

How to find out more

Further details about H.O.P.E can be found here including the option to join our mailing list. To find out more about the project:

DRIVE focus group meetings

Tuesday 5th October 2021

 Focus Group- Working with sector leaders AM Group 10-12pm

Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIpc-2hqj8tH9Ynw4CWdv9tBjy2T0adw1Yl

Facilitators: Jodie Das & Imran Manzoor

Admin support: Meena Kumari

Tuesday 5th October 2021

 Focus Group- Working with sector leaders PM Group 1-3pm

Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkceusrDsoE9Uv9OabVLyCDZs75IaaMle8

Facilitators: Natasha Broomfield- Reid  & Imran Manzoor

Admin support: Meena Kumari

Thursday 14th October 2021

 Focus Group- Working with staff from racialised communities AM Group 10-12pm

Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkd-2orT8pHNz5QSSzSR8JAGKVz7VjwFcK

Facilitators: Annie Gibbs & Sarah Wigley

Admin Support: Meena Kumari

Thursday 14th October 2021

 Focus Group- Working with staff from racialised communities PM Group 1-3pm

Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwocOqtqj4jG9HKZD0cXRsiCWVOiO24jhQz

Facilitators: Annie Gibbs & Sarah Wigley

Admin Support: Meena Kumari

Tuesday 26th October 2021

Focus Group- Working with staff from racialised communities AM Group 10-12pm

Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZItduyhrzIuE9FByloNLZAV1xAKW16IvwSm

Facilitators: Jodie Das & Imran Manzoor

Admin Support: Meena Kumari

Tuesday 26th October 2021

Focus Group- Working with staff from racialised communities PM Group 1-3pm

Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEpfuCvrzgvG9y-WkB0_NgW5vdJpxgnk01b

Facilitators: Jodie Das & Imran Manzoor

Admin Support: Meena Kumari

Tuesday 16th November 2021

Focus Group- Working with Sector Leaders AM Group 10-12pm

Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpce-orT4rHtVubQVJFSnzvHcOIvawcUIZ

Facilitators: Annie Gibbs & Jodie Das

Admin Support: Meena Kumari

Tuesday 16th November 2021

Focus Group- Working with Sector Leaders PM Group 1-3pm

Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAufuyvqT8rHdw8UJEnzGI3ZEFXVL33naGi

Facilitators: Annie Gibs & Jodie Das

Admin Support: Meena Kumari

Tuesday 30th November 2021

Focus Group- Working with staff from racialised communities AM Group 10-12pm

Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tfumtqDMrGtVXhrykX4xL134m942HX_Vh

Facilitators: Meena Kumari & Sarah Wigley

Admin Support: Imran Manzoor

Tuesday 30th November 2021

Focus Group- Working with staff from racialised communities PM Group 1-3pm

Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYuf-yvrzgvG92AoppCMmVJaMrEjaz5fK19

Facilitators: Meena Kumari & Sarah Wigley

Admin Support: Imran Manzoor

Wednesday 8th December 2021

Focus Group- Working with staff from racialised communities AM Group 10-12pm

Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkce2hrzkpHdNfROAX-lQnXYx5hGnYn_xB

Facilitators: Meena Kumari & Sarah Wigley

Admin Support: TBC

Wednesday 8th December 2021

Focus Group- Working with staff from racialised communities PM Group 1-3pm

Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAkdOmhqD0iE9LcxeMs5lTG5lmOYJnYsckJ

Facilitators: Meena Kumari & Sarah Wigley

Admin Support: TBC

The Story of H.O.P.E – Helping Other People Everyday

01.3.2021

How a group of Black and Brown women reshaped domestic abuse support networks in lockdown.

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Increasing safety for those experiencing family and intimate relationship harm within black and minority ethnic communities by responding to those who harm.

14.8.2020

New dynamic research designed to explore responses to family and intimate relationship harm within Black and minority ethnic communities is published. The research is a collaboration between Dr. Olumide Adisa and Dr. Katherine Allen of the University of Suffolk and H.O.P.E Training and aims to both diversify the current body of evidence in perpetrator research and advise on the creation of an inclusive perpetrator strategy that is effective in ensuring all victims are protected.

The research published a series of recommendations to address the gaps in provision and ensure inclusivity in responding to domestic abuse. These include:

  • Further research into culturally grounded interventions and language
  • Sustainable research funding for community-led interventions. 
  • A family-focused approach to perpetrator work 
  • Expanding the call to action for a perpetrator strategy to specifically include the needs of Black and minority ethnic communities

Speaking about the research, Dr. Olumide Adisa says:

“Our research must be understood against the backdrop of the global Black Lives Matter protests and the ongoing calls for an informed, inclusive, and effective perpetrator strategy that will deliver equal protection for all victims.The report shows that there is a gap in our knowledge on appropriate and sensitive responses. There is a need for participatory approaches to developing and funding diverse perpetrator programmes as against blanket approaches.”

Meena Kumari, Founder of H.O.P.E says:

“It was important for H.O.P.E Training & Consultancy to collaborate on this research and collect the viewpoints of Black, Asian and minority ethnic survivors, staff, and activists. H.O.P.E will be working with academics, commissioners, and sector leads to ensure the recommendations are embedded into practice and further research.”

Would you like to read the full report?

Full report

Please see the info-graphic below showcasing the overall results:

Mapping and unearthing complexity of the funding eco-system for local-level VAWG organisations-Led by Dr Olumide Adisa University of Suffolk.

Aim of the project:

By mapping funding flows, the research team will be able to identify dysfunctionalities in how funding is currently distributed and outline recommendations for achieving more sustainable, long-term funding for specialist community-based services at a local level. Ultimately, project findings could help to make the case for widespread reform in funding mechanisms, with a shift away from ‘post code lottery’ allocation and a move toward a stable, long-term funding architecture.

Research Team members:

  • Dr Olumide Adisa – Project Lead and PI
  • Prof Emma Bond
  • Dr Katherine Allen
  • Meena Kumari 
  • Dr Ruth Weir 

Would you like to learn more about this work?

Learn more

Policing Honour based abuse – 7 Years on

New update on the IKWRO report (2014)

Initial findings show:

  • Improved flagging of HBV/A cases
  • Lack of consistency in recording
  • Low conviction rates

Full report release: 24 Jan 2021

This research has been done in collaboration with:

  • Dr Roxanne Khan
  • Dr Olumide Adisa
  • Dr Katherine Allen
  • Yasmin Khan
  • Meena Kumari

Would you like to read the full report?

Full report
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