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To build a network of Champions to support Domestic Violence and Abuse for their local area and support health visitors with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to provide a proactive, responsive and safe service to families experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

This programme has been accredited by CPD Standards Office.


Learning Outcomes

To equip Champions to increase participants’ knowledge of:

  • The concept of domestic violence and abuse, the differing forms that this may take and the policy imperative for responding;
  • The prevalence and risk factors for domestic violence and abuse and the impact on the health and wellbeing of the child, family and community;
  • The use of ‘routine’ and ‘selective enquiry’ in practice; and the challenge of overcoming barriers to their use;
  • High risk factors linked to domestic violence and abuse and the paramount principle in prioritising the safety and wellbeing of children within the family;
  • Timely and appropriate referral pathways for victims and children who are at risk of or are experiencing domestic violence and abuse;
  • Professional requirements for record keeping, confidentiality and information sharing and the importance of supervision for the delivery of safe and effective practice in this field.

To equip Champions to support participants to be confident and able to:

  • Recognise and assess situations that may be indicative of domestic violence and abuse;
  • Use formal tools and processes to support early intervention and the provision of a timely and sensitive response to disclosure of domestic violence and abuse that also ensures the safety and wellbeing of children;
  • Work safely and effectively with families where domestic violence and abuse is an issue, taking into account the needs of victims, their child(ren) and perpetrators;
  • Use newly acquired skills and knowledge to provide leadership and inform their organisation’s strategic framework to support excellence in practice, and to plan and deliver the programme of health visitor domestic violence and abuse training to their peers;
  • Act as a resource to support local practitioners, committing to continuous professional development in this field.


The programme is role-modelled to Champions over two days. They are provided with a Champions trainer pack for consolidation of learning, with background evidence and information on using the training activities. Following training, Champions will be given access to the iHV web platform to be able to access cascade training resources (PowerPoint presentations, lesson plans, templates for handouts, certificates and evaluation).

Next programme

We will be recruiting to this programme as soon as COVID-19 guidance allows.