As part of the “Get comfortable talking about it” campaign we talk to Jude Roberts, Operational Delivery Manager, for the Front Door Safeguarding Hub about why he is so passionate about developing responses in Leeds to domestic violence.
“Having worked in Criminal Justice for the last 21 years as a police officer, a probation officer and more recently for Children’s’ Services, I know that domestic violence and abuse has been a constant factor when working with offenders, victims and families. Last year there were over 15,000 domestic violence incidents reported in Leeds.
A key element of the domestic violence breakthrough project is the development of the Front Door Safeguarding Hub. My role at the hub is operational delivery manager.
Domestic violence and abuse can have far reaching consequences for individuals, families and communities in Leeds. This is why I am passionate about looking at how we can improve responses to domestic violence in Leeds. It is significant that domestic violence is a key priority for Leeds City Council and has been identified as one of the council’s seven breakthrough projects. The intention behind the breakthrough projects is to collectively look at new ways to tackle issues that will have the biggest impact on the people of Leeds
The Front Door Safeguarding Hub is a new initiative designed to improve the safety of and support people experiencing domestic violence and abuse. It aims to provide a faster, more co-ordinated and consistent response to domestic violence cases. It brings together key partners from a range of organisations such as the police, children’s social work services, health, drug and alcohol services, housing, Leeds domestic violence services, probation, adult social care, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Leeds anti- social behaviour team, Youth Offending Service, education and Families First.
This growing partnership is, in my view, key to addressing domestic violence and abuse. Sharing information across this partnership leads to a better understanding of risk and need. Putting actions in place that can really make a difference for people experiencing domestic violence, allows for more co-ordinated and appropriate support. Identifying a lead practitioner to work with families so that the right person at the right time has a conversation with a family is the start to build lasting change for families and victims. This partnership also allows for a different way of working with people who are violent in relationships. I believe that people can change, and engaging men in particular around their use of violence with women, provides an opportunity to try and break the cycle of offending. This approach is important in order to preventing men moving onto further abusive relationships.
The Front Door Safeguarding Hub has been born out of existing good practice in the city and learning from others. It is a true partnership project, with colleagues from a range of agencies and organisations involved in shaping and building the arrangement. It is by no means the finished article and we are constantly looking at ways to improve, and I would therefore welcome any ideas you may have……”
Thanks for talking to us Jude.
The campaign, ‘Get comfortable talking about it’, wants everyone in the city to feel comfortable talking about domestic violence and abuse. People can ask any questions they have about domestic violence and abuse – either by email, social media, or by posting a question in our branded letterboxes – look for them in Council Community Hubs. It really is everybody’s business, doing nothing is not an option.
If you want to talk about it personally or on behalf of someone else go to the www.getcomfortableleeds.org.uk website and ask your question.