Safe and Together Partnership

Respect, with the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest and Hackney have formed a partnership to implement the Safe & Together Model.

Safe & Together is designed to support children and family services and surrounding systems to improve the response to domestic abuse.

The Safe & Together principles are:

  • Keeping child Safe &Together™ with non-offending parent
  • Partnering with non-offending parent as a default position
  • Intervening with perpetrator to reduce risk and harm to child

The London Safe and Together Partnership is a systems change approach to modernise and improve the response to domestic abuse across children’s services and their partner agencies. Waltham Forest and Hackney have committed to this system change approach at a political and senior management level. Respect is support across the boroughs on embedding the model and monitoring progress.

An external evaluation is being conducted by Stirling University.

Our experience, and that of other areas, is that the Safe & Together core training is a starting point for the wider implementation process and getting that implementation process right is what makes change sustainable. We are interested in working with other organisations, sharing our learning and engaging in future partnerships.

Rasha Hamid is The Safe & Together Implementation Lead and will be working across Waltham Forest and Hackney Social Care. Any queries, please contact rasha.hamid@respect.uk.net.

Progress so far

To date (November 2019), 71 practitioners have attended the Safe & Together Core Training. More training sessions are planned throughout 2020. Further information on this training can be found here: http://safeandtogetherinstitute.com/what-we-offer/trainings/core-training/

Launch Conference    

On the 30th of September 2019, the project was launched at a conference that included the following speakers:

  • David Mandel; founder of the Safe & Together Institute
  • Anna Mitchel; European lead for Safe & Together
  • Luke Hart who spoke about the impact of the murders of his mother and sister by his father in 2016
  • Ivan Kigenza who spoke about his sister’s murder by her ex-partner in Waltham Forest in 2013
  • Nicole Jacobs; the first Designate Domestic Abuse Commissioner for England and Wales
  • Senior leadership from Respect, Waltham Forest, Hackney and Solace Women’s Aid

Check out BBC London coverage on the conference here.

Learning Events

The partnership will hold regular events for others to learn about the model and how the implementation is progressing.

Hosting the first of these will be a half day event in March 2020 to share learning from the first six months of the project and for stakeholders to learn more about the Safe & Together model.

For further details of any future events, please contact rasha.hamid@respect.uk.net