Training, Conferences & Meetings

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Independent Choices Greater Manchester invites you to a conference. Independent Choices is pleased to invite you to attend our 40th Anniversary Conference on 26th November with key note speaker Evan Stark. Please see the link below with further information about speakers and workshops and to buy tickets.

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Ticket sales close Tuesday 20th November

We hope to see you there.

Domestic Violence and Abuse event Bury.  DATE  – Tuesday 27TH November 2018. TIME  – 10:30am -1pm. VENUE  Elizabethan Suite , Town Hall , Knowsley Street , Bury , Bl9 OSW

Time      Details

1              10:30am -11am                  Registration process and Marketplace stalls open

2              11am -11:30am Welcoming address, speeches and Domestic Violence and Abuse  Strategy launch:

Beverley Hughes: Deputy Mayor for Policing, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Cllr Tariq: Cabinet Member for Communities and Safer  Neighbourhoods

Superintendent Paul Walker (Bury Division): Greater Manchester Police

3              11:30-12noon    Marketplace Networking

4              12noon – 12:30 Keynote speakers

Valerie Wise, Victim Support:  Talk focusing on Stalking and Harassment.

Peggy Mulongo, NESTAC Charity: Talk focusing on Female Genital Mutilation

Ruhena Tarafder, Project Choice: Talk focusing on Honour Based Violence & Abuse.

5              12:30-1pm          Marketplace Networking

As part of this launch event we are supporting White Ribbon Day.  The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. On this day until 10th December is the 16 Days Of Action. During this time we ask men to wear a white ribbon and pledge never to commit, excuse or remain silent about male violence against women. Of course this issue is present all year round and as Bury Council we never stop campaigning. However, it is important to mark this period with events, presentations and a special effort to speak to family, friends and co-workers about why we must take a stand against domestic violence & abuse.

To book a place at the launch please follow the link below:

Please arrive on time everyone must be seated by 11am.

Respect Young People’s Services National Event DATE: Wednesday 26th September 2018 TIME: 10:30-16:00 VENUE: Jury’s Inn Newcastle Quayside, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3AE TICKETS: Members: £120 + booking fee | Non-Members: £156 + booking fee Book your place by completing our online booking form.

Respect’s Young People’s Services Event focuses on pioneering work with young people who use violence, abuse and challenging behaviour particularly within the family. The event will engage you in new thinking and approaches to complement your work.
This event aims to bring together experts, service managers and practitioners in an informal, participative event.
Co-hosted with our partners, the Gateshead Early Help Service, this event will have a particular focus on: • Working with young people with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and their families • Findings from child to parent homicide reviews • Interventions tackling child and adolescent to parent violence and abuse (APVA)
See below for confirmed speakers and workshops.


A joined-up approach to APVA
Dame Vera Baird DBE QC – Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner and Patron of Respect Dame Baird will be chairing the morning of this event. She will also be presenting on the work that Northumbria PCC in association with Respect and are carrying out across 6 local authorities in the North East. This initiative, addressing adolescent to parent violence and abuse (APVA), includes training to relevant professionals – from police, to safeguarding, to youth justice – with the aim of providing a joined-up response from callout right through to the end of the intervention.

Case studies from families who have experienced and addressed APVA This presentation will walk through the journey of service users going through an APVA programme with the use of real case studies. It will cover the families’ experiences for help seeking; the support through the programme; what it was like to attend a programme alongside their child; and the post-programme results within the family home.
The case studies will be from families who have gone through Gateshead Early Help Service.

Working with young people with ASD and ADHD
Rosie Creer – Young People’s Services Manager, Respond Most of us will know that people with autistic presentations and diagnoses of ADHD can find particular situations overwhelming, which can lead to them finding it more difficult to self-regulate and resolve conflict. Understanding the underlying experiences of this group of young people will inform how interventions might therefore differ from those managing similar aggression in neurotypical teens. The presentation will explore the additional impact of early developmental trauma and compounded experiences of exclusion on a young person’s fragile sense of self. Respect, The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9DA T: 020 3970 0527 E: [email protected] Charity Number: 1141636 Company Number: 7582438
Children who kill parents
Dr Hannah Bows – Assistant Professor in Criminal Law – Durham Law School Hannah Bows will be speaking about where parricide meets eldercide: an analysis of child to parent/grandparent homicides in the UK.

Carole Williams & Cathy Press – Who’s In Charge? ‘Who’s in Charge?’ is a 9 week child to parent violence (CPV) programme aimed at parents whose children are being abusive or violent toward them or who appear out of parental control. The structure of the programme consists of 8 two and a half hour sessions with a two-month follow up. The practitioners will go through some of the tools and techniques used in the programme.

Jane Griffiths – Break 4 Change Break 4 change is a 10-week group programme supporting parents/carers and young people in building healthy relationships. ‘Child to parent abuse is any behaviour used by a young person to control, dominate, or coerce parents. It is intended to threaten and intimidate and puts the family at risk’. B4C ©. This interactive workshop will look at the programme and how it is implemented and explore tools and strategies used when working with families impacted by child to parent abuse.

Tracey Bayliss – Swindon Borough Council | Restorative Youth Services work with young people on the autistic spectrum Swindon Borough Council’s service running the Respect Young People’s Programme saw a lot of children and young people passing through their services had an autism spectrum condition (ASC). To address this need they developed their approach and Tracey will share some of the strategies they employed in order to work with this client group. This workshop will also explore how to implement such work in a landscape where resources may be scarce.

Michelle Phillips – SafeLives and Young People’s IDVAs This workshop will look at what MARAC data and Young People’s IDVAs can tell us about violence in young people’s relationships.

Debbie Cooper – Team Manager, Gateshead Early Help Service | Setting up a programme tackling APVA embedded within a local authority This interactive workshop will cover the opportunities and challenges of setting up an APVA service within a local authority. It will cover: • Where such a programme should sit • Cost-benefit considerations • The organisational structures to effectively support the sustainability of an APVA programme

Dr Wendy Thorley | Let’s Talk About: Children with challenging, violent or aggressive behaviour This workshop will consider why children display challenging, violent or aggressive behaviours and what works and what doesn’t in seeking to support these children and young people at home or in a professional capacity. This workshop will provide new information developed from research published in July 2018 from over 538 families. The relationship between childhood adversity and/ or special educational needs and disability for children who present challenging, violent or aggressive behaviour will be highlighted.

Mind Your Money courses for YPSF. This is lottery funded for three years and we hope to improve the financial confidence of peopleliving and working in Manchester. Mind your Money is a 1 day (6 ½ hour) course that supports young people to gain skills in managing their finances so we will be looking at budgets, priority bills, saving and borrowing.

This is a free accredited course so after completing a small portfolio of work during the day, Young People will gain a recognised Level 1 certificate in ‘Managing Money’ from our awarding  body. Open Awards.
Please advertise this to young people and inform Mind Your Money team either by phone on 0161 227 1125 or email [email protected] of anybody interested. MYM_A4_flyer 2

Rights of Women  in- house training offers a cost-effective way to ensure your staff have the knowledge and skills to support women. We have over 30 years’ experience of providing training on women and the law, and our specialist team of solicitors and barristers will use their expertise and experience to make complex areas of the law clear, accessible and “user-friendly”. We will come and deliver training to you, at a time and venue of your choice, from just £42 per participant.  We can tailor our courses to meet your specific needs. Our “off the shelf” courses include: Domestic violence and DIY injunctions: the complete guide. Getting the basics: an introduction to family law. Stop the traffic: protecting and supporting trafficked women in the UK.  No recourse? EEA national? Supporting migrant women experiencing domestic violence. To find out more information visit

Shelter offer in-house training on a range of subjects including Domestic Violence and Homelessness Law and DV and welfare rights. For more information  click here

Domestic Violence Protection Orders For agency workers in Salford  – Dawn Redshaw, ProjectManager – Salford Women’s Aid will provide training sessions on the DVPO/Ns, to Salford agencies. The sessions will last for approximately 2 hours and can be delivered at agencies own premises. For more information contact Dawn on 0161 793 2136 or email [email protected]


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