2nd Annual European Conference

Liverpool, UK / 25-27 March 2020

Masterclass Options

25 Wednesday

Introduction to the Safe & Together Model: Creating DV-Informed child welfare systems

This introductory course will provide an overview of the model’s Principles, Critical Components and some basic practice skills around perpetrator pattern-based risk assessment, case mapping and impact on children. The importance of four foundational skills necessary to achieve domestic violence-informed case practice (assessment, interviewing, case planning and documentation) will be explored and practiced. This full-day course is recommended for anyone new to the model. Attendees will be introduced to:

Intersections: How to address domestic violence at the intersection of substance abuse and/or mental health


Many families impacted by domestic violence perpetrators’ behaviours have multiple, complex, intersecting issues. In the past, we might have referred to these as co-occurring issues, but the language of co-occurrence often doesn’t provide us with a sense of how these issues interact. For example, simply stating that the family has issues with domestic violence and substance abuse is not as powerful as explaining how the domestic violence perpetrator interfered with his partner’s recovery or how the perpetrator’s violence has produced anxiety and/or depression in the adult survivor. Using an intersections framework, versus a co-occurrence framework, we increase perpetrator accountability, improve our ability to assess the family, and our ability to partner with adult survivors. Participants will be better able to:

Conference Topics

Thursday & Friday

7 Things You Don’t Know About the Safe & Together Model (Keynote)

The Safe & Together Model is changing practice across the globe. In this insider session, David Mandel, will give insight into little known and critical aspects of the Model, its development and why it’s taken hold across three continents.


Perpetrator Program Completion Certificates are Dangerous (Keynote)

Perpetrator intervention program completion certificates are dangerous for adult and child survivors. How can a piece of paper be dangerous? It can be dangerous when it:

·      Convinces a judge or magistrate to grant a perpetrator unsafe access to children

·      Convinces a survivor to give a perpetrator another chance that he doesn’t deserve

·      Communicates a false sense that the perpetrator has done all the work to change

·      Falsely communicates he’s changed and now it’s the survivor’s’ job to forgive and forget.

Perpetrator intervention program certificates (or completion letters) that primarily reflect attendance or participation - and not real and measurable responsibility and behavior change – can actually increase the ability of perpetrators to control and dominate the lives of survivors and their children.  This session will outline some steps to keep the attention of systems on defining, measuring and expecting behavior change as a measure of success for domestic violence perpetrators.


5 Questions We’re Not Asking About Worker Safety in DV Cases


While most domestic violence perpetrators are not dangerous to people outside the family including social workers and others, considering worker safety is critical element of domestic violence-informed practice. It ties into fears about increasing danger for the family and confidence in directly addressing the perpetrators. In this workshop, participants will examine key worker safety concerns and how to best address them through supervisory practice and organizational changes. Objectives:


Domestic Violence-Informed Leadership: How do I change my agency and my system?


In this workshop, David will explore the steps to becoming a domestic violence-informed agency including engaging the participants in a “mini-organizational” assessment. Cross systems change will also be examined. Pulling from experience facilitating organizational assessments and case readings with systems throughout the country and internationally, this session will highlight some common themes found throughout most child welfare systems and the innovations that can come from these assessments. It will also provide strategies to address gaps in documentation, risk assessments and use of case planning.  Objectives:


Mapping Perpetrator’s Pattern: The essential practice tool for workers, advocates and service providers


This workshop will go into more detail on how to use the Safe & Together Model’s practice tool: ‘Mapping Perpetrator Patterns.’ The workshop is for anyone new to Mapping or already using it on a regular basis as it will provide participants an opportunity to practice the use of this tool using complex case examples. The tool will provide participants a closer look at how the Critical Components relate to assessment and case planning practice. It is a concrete tool they can use right away with their current caseload. This workshop is also great for supervisors as the tool can be used for supervision, coaching and assessing worker’s domestic violence-informed case practice. Objectives:


Child Centered Interventions with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence: Case planning with purpose


Interventions with perpetrators of domestic violence often include removing them from the home, punishing them through criminal court sanctions and/or engaging them with services. Participants of this workshop will discuss and learn strategies for complementing traditional interventions with approaches, such as child-centered engagement strategies, setting behaviour-focused expectations to enhance the safety of children, as well as using children as a motivator for perpetrators. Using case examples, role-plays and video demonstrations, this workshop will support participants in finding unique and new ways to work with perpetrators and systems, while remaining remain child-centred. Child protection workers, supervisors, domestic violence advocates and community service providers are encouraged to attend. Objectives:



Certified Trainer Seminar


Safe & Together Certified Trainers and Partner Agencies have dedicated an incredible amount of time and energy to help their own child and family serving systems become domestic violence-informed. After being trained themselves over several days and an ongoing commitment to being mentored over several months, Certified Trainers (and the Partner Agencies who support these trainers) have become the model for sustainable practice change that lead toward better family outcomes. This session is an invitation to all Certified Trainers and Partner Agency representatives to attend a roundtable discussion with Safe & Together Model creator, David Mandel. Objectives:

 *Please note: seminar will be open only to Safe & Together Certified Trainers