1st Safe & Together™ Model European Conference

6-7 June 2019 is the 1st Safe & Together™ Model European Conference!

The Safe & Together Institute is excited to announce its 1st Safe & Together™ Model European Conference. Used by practitioners, agencies and communities across the globe, the Safe & Together™ Model has been adopted in the United Kingdom by a variety of local authorities, the Ministry of Defence and non-governmental agencies. We are also happy to share that this inaugural conference coincides with the launch of the first group of Safe & Together™ Model Certified Trainers in the United Kingdom.


Plenary sessions by David Mandel

An Introduction to the Safe & Together™ Model

This session will focus on an overview of the Model. The session will highlight the cross-sector nature of the Model, how it supports a gender-based approach to domestic abuse and children, and its application in the UK and globally.

Intersections: Working with Families Where Domestic Abuse, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Meet

This session will focus on how to address complexity in domestic abuse cases. It will look at how to apply a perpetrator pattern-based approach to help identify the role of perpetrators in other family members’ substance abuse and mental health issues, and to improve partnering with survivors who have multiple issues. The session will consider how a trauma-informed approach can help and also hinder domestic violence-informed practice.

Perpetrators as Parents

This session will focus on how low standards for men as parents can hinder intervening effectively with families impacted by domestic abuse perpetrators’ behaviors. The session will highlight how being “father-inclusive” across a wide variety of cases is critical to improving domestic violence-informed practice particularly as it relates to partnering with survivors. It will also consider how critical a gendered analysis is to moving away from a “failure to protect” approach in domestic abuse cases with children.

Knowledge to Action: Using Safe & Together to Change Individual Practice and Systems

In this session, David will discuss how the Safe & Together™ Model is designed to shift practice and policy at multiple levels. This session will also include individual action planning and discussions related to the conference learnings.

Open to delegates from United Kingdom, Europe and beyond, this 2-day event will include:

  • An introduction to the Model by its creator, David Mandel
  • A skills-based workshop on the Model by Safe & Together Institute Faculty
  • Presentations by UK-based and other practitioners who have been applying the Model

Who should attend:

  • Child and family agencies
  • Statutory child protection agencies
  • Care agencies
  • Children’s court-related personnel
  • Health visitors
  • National Government, e.g. Justice, Health
  • Men’s Programme Staff
  • Criminal Justice
  • Law Enforcement

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