Training and confidence

This chapter discusses the extent to which respondents within the specialist family violence response workforce were confident in their role, as well as any training or professional development they had undertaken in a range of skill and capability areas, generally, and as they relate to family violence.

The Census results demonstrated that while the specialist family violence response workforce had completed training across a range of topic areas, overall confidence in their level of training and experience was moderate.

The findings highlighted MARAM (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management) as a priority area for further / improved training and professional development.

Furthermore, this workforce generally believed that collaborative forms of additional support (i.e. collaboration with other service providers, community of practice for specialist response workers) would be most useful in increasing their confidence in performing their role(s).

In terms of barriers to accessing further training and development, lack of time was the most commonly reported barrier, followed by cost of study and location of training facility.