A few years ago the sorts of training opportunities available for practitioners and parents / carers (in the UK) around child to parent violence were confined to Local Authority organised days, a small number of agencies with developed expertise, and projects such as the Daphne RCPV work. Whether you could access anything easily was very dependent on where you were in the country – both in terms of accessibility and in having the costs covered. Models of work are varied and it was sometimes difficult to find training which reflected your own approach. In the last year there has definitely been an upsurge in training opportunities advertised – which is good news for those who want to know more, but it brings its own issues. Can you be sure the provider is qualified to deliver the training? Will you be properly equipped at the end to practise the skills – whether in your home or at work? Are the techniques and models promoted safe? Will the training be recognised by funders?
When I am sent requests to advertise or promote training I will always attempt to discover more about the providers before I post this. Often they will be individuals who have been part of a larger organisation, now setting up on their own. They are likely to be using well known and accredited individuals to deliver the training. Or they may be a well-known organisation broadening their portfolio of training opportunities. Individuals just starting out will not have extensive websites with testimonials going back over the years. Some element of trust then affects decisions to publish. As a result I am really pleased when people ask me questions about the training publicity. It keeps me alert to the need to check things out, but should also be a reminder to all of us to take care when making bookings.
Standards and quality assurance should not be viewed as simply a bureaucratic burden. In work like this they help to keep us and our families safe. I hope to post more about this in the next month as work at Respect to develop recognised standards for intervention programmes comes to fruition. In the meantime, please do keep sending me flyers and details of training events. But please also be patient with me if I seem to ask a lot of questions!