A collaborative partnership with Department of Education has enabled us to develop and roll out a two-day capacity building training programme for teachers Developing Social Guardians to Deliver Helping Hands.
The programme aims to:
- assist teachers to understand the context and impact of domestic abuse on the lives of children and their families
- assist teachers to develop preventative and early intervention strategies in relation to children who do not feel safe, especially children affected by domestic abuse.
- enable teachers to deliver the Helping Hands programme linked to the curriculum.
Since 2010, 1,445 teachers representing 582 primary schools have been trained.
Findings from independent evaluation
We commissioned Dr Helga Sneddon (Outcome Imps) to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the impact of the two-day Social Guardian Teacher Training Programme and the extent and impact of delivery of the Helping Hands programme in schools across Northern Ireland.