Ten frontline workers at domestic abuse charity Refuge have become the first to pass a new qualification for domestic violence practitioners.
The Level 3 Award in Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence (QCF) is the first Ofqual-accredited qualification for domestic violence workers and was developed in partnership by SFJ Awards and Refuge.
The learners were presented with their awards by Jane Keeper, Refuge’s director of operations, at a ceremony at Refuge’s head office in October.
The Award ensures that those who receive this recognition have the skills, knowledge and understanding required of practitioners working directly with survivors of domestic violence. The learning units include: understanding the dynamics of domestic violence; making risk assessments; determining survivors’ needs; and responding effectively to support survivors. These competencies are required of all Refuge’s specialist domestic violence practitioners, but this is the first time that their vocational knowledge and skills have been recognised formally in a national qualification.
Four additional learners were also awarded the SFJ Awards Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF), and two were awarded SFJ Awards Level 4 Award in Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice (QCF).
Jane Keeper, director of operations at Refuge, said: “Refuge has been running internal training for its frontline staff for many years. We pride ourselves on ensuring our team are domestic violence experts. I am delighted to have worked alongside the SFJ Awards team to enshrine our training in a formal qualification. It is great to know that into the future anyone undertaking this qualification will develop the essential competencies needed to effectively respond to a woman, and her children, who experience domestic violence. I would like to thanks the SFJ Awards team, and say a heartfelt congratulations to all of our qualified learners on their achievement.”
Adrian Jackson, Managing Director of SFJ Awards, said: “SFJ Awards are very proud to have worked with Refuge in the development of this Award and of its contribution towards providing practitioners with the specialist skills to support individuals and families in difficult circumstances.”