Announcement of structural change: Alliance for Positive Relationships

May 2018: Announcement of structural change: Alliance for Positive Relationships.
The changes we are announcing today will not affect the delivery of services to individuals, however the Alliance will now have two distinct service pathways:

Positive Relationships Team:
The preventative element of the APR is now aligned to The Prevention Alliance (TPA) and will be known as the Positive Relationships Team. The Positive Relationships Team have four workers based in each of the locality teams in Stockport. The Positive Relationships Team will continue to offer a whole family approach, we are an inclusive service working with men and women including the LGBTQ community. We work with individuals who have experienced domestic abuse and men and women who recognise their own behaviours can be abusive and wish to make positive changes in their lives. The Team also work with any individual(s) who wish to create healthier relationships.

The team consists of:

3 Caseworkers working individually with men and women, focusing on their strengths and helping them to create plans to stay safe; set goals and establish healthy relationships in their lives.

1 Motivation and Awareness worker works individually with men and women who have identified that their own behaviours are controlling or abusive and want to make positive changes. We also provide links into longer term behaviour change programmes.

Additional services

We also offer:
•Counselling for children impacted by domestic abuse
• Team members with specialist skills in working with male victims of domestic abuse • Links into the Greater Manchester STRIVE project
• Connection into wider TPA services (Keyworkers and Community Connectors).

For more information, please contact Lisa Spencer (Positive Relationships Manager) on 07715 665017, or to make a referral please contact the TPA in any of the following ways:

Phone us: 0161 474 1042
Text us: (for people with sensory loss) 07971 237496
Email us: info@stockporttpa.co.uk
Complete our online referral form: https://stockporttpa.co.uk/contact/

Meet us:
Stockport TPA
45 St Petersgate
Stockport
SK1 1DH

Complex Safeguarding Team:
The Complex Safeguarding Team offer:

Refuge:
Stockport Without Abuse Refuge: 13 Refuge spaces and 2 dispersed properties offering safe accommodation option through crisis for those fleeing domestic abuse when their life is at risk. Refuge accommodation is available for single woman and families. Dispersed properties for men, women and families.

Refuge Case Worker: Refuge Residents are supported by a domestic violence case worker. The case workers provide support, offers advice and information in safety and wellbeing and facilitates resettlement back to the community.

Independent Domestic Violence Advocates (IDVA): IDVAs Working with high risk victims of domestic violence for immediate safeguarding, Criminal Justice System support and complex safeguarding interventions. IDVAS work within framework of Multi Agency Risk Management Conference and offer additional specialist safeguarding interventions to reduce harm and reduce repeat victimisation incidents.

Children and Young Person early intervention and prevention worker:
Working in Education and Youth focused establishments in the community to offer educational sessions, awareness raising and targeted preventative work from the age of 5 in psychoeducational group work programmes.
The focus of this project is on multiple themes for example challenging wrong believes about domestic abuse, healthy relationships, relationship abuse and consent, sexting, self-esteem, and ‘it’s ok to talk’.

Helpline: Stockport Domestic Violence Helpline is offering advice and information on safety, legal options, and emotional support and refuge referral pathways for Stockport residents and professional.
To make a referral please contact Stockport without Abuse helpline on 0161 477 4271

Stockport Women’s Centre
Stockport Women’s Centre is open to all women who reside in the borough. The Centre is centrally located, easily accessible and a women only safe space.
We employ a Domestic Abuse Case Worker who offers 1:1 support to women which will include safety planning, risk assessment, safeguarding, case management and advocacy.

We work closely with our partner agency Stockport without Abuse and referrals are received from the IDVA and Refuge Team.

Women can self-refer to Stockport Women’s Centre by registering at the Monday morning drop-in (10:00-12:00) which is supported by the Domestic Abuse caseworker.

For more information, please contact Stockport Women’s Centre on 0161 355 4455

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