Saving lives and changing lives through early identification, intervention and prevention

Training

The DASH training has been university accredited by the University of Brighton. It has received the ‘REQ’ kite mark – recognising educational quality – in 2014 and was re-accredited in September 2016. If you were trained prior to 2014 you will need to undergo refresher training. Refresher training should be undertaken every six months ideally.

The DASH is a lifeline for many victims. The questions and answers are important, so too is the action that you take. Please ensure you are trained and accredited to use the DASH Risk Model.

Training

  • Stalking is about fixation and obsession. It is insidious and a pattern of behaviour which often includes online and offline behaviour.
  • Do not think it is any less serious if there has been no physical violence.
  • Take all threats to kill seriously.
  • Laura was the specialist adviser to the All Party Parliamentary Stalking Law Reform Inquiry, is Founder and of Paladin, National Stalking Advocacy Service and spearheaded the campaign on Domestic Violence Law Reform.
  • Laura developed the Home Office accredited package on ‘Understanding Stalking, Risk, the Law and Advocacy’ and the national Independent Stalking Advocacy Casework (ISAC) course accredited by the University of Brighton.
  • Training days on the Stalking, Risk (online and offline), the effective investigation and case building, the law and how best to support a victim of stalking can be arranged as a half day or full day. To book training contact michelle@laurarichards.co.uk

Upcoming Training

Other training

  • Bespoke training events can also be organised to meet your needs. Training options include front line staff, specialist staff and ‘Train the Trainer’.
  • All training packages are set within the wider context of public protection, including an input on profiling perpetrators and making the links across violent crime.
  • Contact for all training queries michelle@laurarichards.co.uk

Learning Objectives for Attendees of the University Accredited DASH Masterclass Training (Day 1 if going on to Day 2 to become an accredited trainer)

LO1 – Understand the dynamics of domestic abuse, stalking and so-called HBV.
1.1 – Describe some characteristics commonly held by perpetrators.

LO2 – Understand the human and financial cost of domestic abuse, stalking and HBV.
2.1 – Describe the impact that the behaviours have on victims’ lives.

LO3 – Be able to identify high-risk cases of domestic abuse, stalking and HBV.
3.1 – Explain the high risk factors.
3.2 – Describe risk and how to identify and manage risk in cases.
3.3 – Explain the DASH risk assessment model.
3.4 – Explain risk management in relation to victims.

LO4 – Be able to identify dangerous and serial perpetrators.
4.1 – Describe some characteristics commonly held by perpetrators.
4.2 – Describe the level of risk associated with dangerous and serial perpetrators.

LO5 – Be confident in making defensible decisions based on the evidence from extensive research of cases including domestic homicides, near misses and lower level incidents.
5.1 – Effectively carry out a DASH risk assessment in class.

Learning Objectives for Attendees of the University Accredited DASH Train the Trainer Training

LO6 – Deliver key training to others on how to use the DASH
Risk Model (2009)

6.1 – Effectively carry out a DASH risk assessment in class
6.2 – Understand the key headlines to pass on to their own delegates.

LO7 – Demonstrate an ability to confidently use the DASH model in different settings
7.1 Understand that some staff may be completing risk identification
7.2. Understand some specialist staff will carry out a full risk assessment.
7.3. Explain settings may vary and some staff may complete the risk assessment on the telephone.

LO8 – To develop and understand group dynamics and management in a learning environment with participants from different professional backgrounds and abilities
8.1 Describe group dynamics and how best to facilitate the knowledge and information in a learning environment with representatives from different agencies.
8.2 Explain how to facilitate discussion to hear from all attendees present and check learning throughout day.

LO9 – To have comprehensive understanding of assessments methods learning how to support participants to understand the material
9.1 Practice and give feedback on others in presenting some of the material in small groups.

LO10 – By this stage the participant should be very familiar with the course material and delivery methods required
Peer reviewed assessment at the end of Day 2 to demonstrate learning and test understanding of all the course material throughout both days.

Who should attend DASH training?

  • All professionals working in the field of public protection including domestic abuse, stalking and harassment, honour based violence, safeguarding children, safeguarding vulnerable adults, missing persons, sexual violence, MARAC, MAPPA, mental health and homicide.
  • The training is set within the wider context of public protection, using many cases studies. It includes a session on profiling the perpetrators and making the links across violent crime to prevent homicide.

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