At Rock Pool we believe we need to work with the whole family to deliver lasting change. The Inspiring Families Programme is an innovative intervention and assessment programme that can help strengthen and stabilise families.

About the Training

The Inspiring Families Programme is an innovative intervention and assessment programme that can help strengthen and stabilise families. It is a structured 10 week programme for families that are affected by domestic abuse.

The Programme provides professionals with a robust framework to assess the parents’ behaviour, coercive control, disguised compliance, the level of current risk and the likelihood of future risk.

Who should attend

Domestic abuse workers, social workers, family support workers, neighbourhood teams, early help workers, youth offending teams, voluntary sector workers, police, police support staff, housing sector workers, health professionals, any professional that takes part in a MARAC, and other front-line care professionals.

About The Inspiring Families Programme

The Inspiring Families Programme identifies the potential for change and reduction of risk within the family, or indeed, whether the risk is too high or the potential for change too low to make working with the family a viable option. The Programme has been designed to be an accessible tool that will provide professionals with the evidence they need to make an assessment of the family and to identify the need and level of intervention required moving forward.

The Programme supports professionals to make intelligence-based decisions on what is the right intervention, for that family or individual members of that family, at the right time and in the right order.

Assessment and Action Plan

At the end of the Programme an assessment is made and for those families who complete the programme and an action plan is developed, using input from the course facilitators.  The action plan will detail what further support and/or intervention the family need to reduce the impact of DA on the family and children.

For families who do not complete the Programme an assessment will be made on what support or intervention is required. This could involve a number of options including supporting a safe and planned exit from the relationship by the mother and children through to commencing legal proceedings to remove children if appropriate.

The Programme assessments are viewed as a vital evidence base for social workers and case review conference panels, demonstrating that the IF Programme has the capacity to enhance practitioner awareness of and multi-agency response to risk within a family dynamic and can help identify behaviour patterns.

Cost Benefits of the Programme

  • The Inspiring Families Programme saves the taxpayer an estimated £2.62 for every £1 spent in the first 6 months after the start of intervention
  • Average saving of £4,114 for every family who attended the Inspiring Families Programme, compared to an average cost of £1,572 per family
  • Total saving of £41,142  across the cohort

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Formative Evaluation Report

Dr Jasmin Tregidga of WestPoint Crime and Social Research completed a formative process evaluation of the pilot Inspiring Families Programme with Slough Children’s Services Trust, which examines how the Programme works to achieve outcomes for professionals and operational practice; and for Inspiring Families participants (as individuals and couples) and the consequential, preliminary signs of how the Inspiring Families Programme can impact their families. Top-line findings are as follows:

  • Both male and female participants expressed increased feelings of positivity, confidence, strength and empowerment
  • Men developed a better understanding of what constitutes domestic abuse
  • Both men and women indicate that they are more aware of the impacts on their children

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  • Offers the opportunity for families to break the cycle of abuse, improving outcomes for children and keeping families together
  • It may mean that families separate but with a safe, planned exit
  • Offers the non-abusing parent the opportunity to see what would happen if their partner was offered genuine and immediate help
  • It is an evidence-based assessment that can inform legal proceedings if necessary
  • Offers the perpetrator a realistic offer of support
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How does the Programme Work?

  • The Programme is delivered in two separate groups of non-abusing and abusing parents to run in parallel
  • The content of the Programme is largely the same for both groups
  • The groups run for two hours every week, for a ten week period
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“The assessment helped us [case review conference] make a decision that we could step the case down from child protection to child in need."

Inspiring Families Family Social Worker

“It takes account of the father who is important in the child’s life. It is invaluable to focus on men and to offer them the opportunity to make changes in their lives. You can’t reduce risk in a family if no work is done with the dad.”

Senior Executive, Slough Children’s Services Trust

“Now I am strong. Before the course, I was scared but now I can say how I feel.”

Female Inspiring Families Programme Participant

“It helped me realise what I did was wrong and gave me the tools to correct it.”

Male Inspiring Families Programme Participant

  • Two day training programme delivered by skilled and experienced Rock Pool trainers.
  • Support to fully integrate the Inspiring Families Programme within existing services in order to deliver national and local priorities.
  • Development of a local performance management framework tailored to measure local priorities and outcomes.
  • Programme support and a review at week 5.
  • End of programme review to include consultation and summary report.
  • Exclusive access to a national network, building an evidence base of ‘what works’ with families living with domestic abuse and violence.
  • Three year licence to deliver the Inspiring families Programme.

Cancellation Policy
The customer may cancel a training course provided that written notice is given to the supplier at least 28 days before the first training date.
If the notice to cancel is provided less than 28 days before the first training date, no refund will be made to the customer.
If the notice to cancel is provided more than 28 days before the first training date, 100% of the charges will be refunded to the customer.

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