Family Violence, Sexual Violence and Violence within Whānau: Workforce Capability Framework

*Update (15/06/2017): *

Family Violence, Sexual Violence and Violence within Whānau: Workforce Capability Framework launched

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the draft version of the Family Violence, Sexual Violence and Violence within Whānau: Workforce Capability Framework. You will be pleased to know that at the Family Violence Summit on 7 June, 2017 Minister Tolley launched the Workforce Capability Framework which outlines the competencies, knowledge, skills and organisational support needed by the workforce to recognise and respond to family violence, sexual violence and violence within whānau.

We are now canvasing how the the Workforce Capability Framework will enable and lay the foundations for the strategy to lift workforce capability across the sector as it sets the practice benchmark expected of the workforce. The Framework will initially be implemented by several early adopter organisations as well as tested across both the Integrated Safety Response (ISR) sites in the Waikato and Christchurch.

The Workforce Capability Framework and its Snapshot are attached below for your persual. If you’d like a copy, send an email to [email protected]

Giselle Wansa-Harvey |
Workforce Workstream Lead | Multi-Agency Team (MAT)
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Update (09/06/2017):

This week’s Family Violence Summit, hosted by Justice Minister Amy Adams and Minister for Social Development and Children Anne Tolley, brought together 120 people from across the sector, and so far 56 people have also made an online contribution to the discussion.

Watch and comment

You can view replays of the talks given by Ministers, keynotes speakers and chair Sir Wira Gardiner from Monday next week. They will be online at http://www.justice.govt.nz/fv-summit
We are continuing to collect thoughts, ideas and suggestions from anyone with an interest in combating family violence until Friday (June 16, 2017).

Frameworks launched

Minister Adams and Minister Tolley launched two frameworks on the day that were developed with the sector. The Workforce Capability Framework outlines the competencies, knowledge, skills and organisational support needed by the workforce to recognise and respond to family and sexual violence. It sets the benchmark expected of the workforce. The Risk Assessment and Management Framework outlines how to screen, assess and manage family violence risk, so that people get a consistent, effective response wherever they go for help.
We invite you to read and reflect on these documents. They are available online, and if you’d like a copy, email us at [email protected]
Over the next few months, the Risk Assessment and Management Framework will be tested by sector organisations, and at the same time supporting codes of practice, guidance and training will be developed. The Workforce Capability Framework is ready for everyone to test on the ground.

Summit outcomes

We’re collecting and analysing the views raised at the Summit and online, and once that’s done we’ll share them via this newsletter. In the meantime, here are a couple of thoughts from two of the day’s keynote speakers.
Senior Lecturer at Otago University’s Sociology, Gender and Social Work department, and Chair of the Social Workers Registration board Shayne Walker says there were “at times some fantastic korero”, but it’s got to be “beyond a talkfest”.
“Please have a good, in depth read of the Workforce Capability Framework. Chew it, swallow what you can and interpret it so you can use it now. I apologise if we have not included all of your dreams and aspirations within its pages, but as a framework it becomes transformative as everyone knows clearly what their job is and how to do it. In this sense we can respect each other more and work from an agreed set of principles, knowledge and actions.
“Once you have started using the frameworks, we need to create a new narrative about Family Violence 6 months out, 12 months out and 2 years out. Those who came to this event and all of those they work with require us to do this so we can have a different conversation in 3 years’ time.”
Sue Hobbs, who has worked in family violence prevention for over 30 years, and who developed the Safeguarding Adults Against Abuse (SAFA) integrated safety response, says the Summit was significant in that it raised the profile of older adults, disabled people, and adults with complex care and support needs.
“The invisible community is not recognised well in the system. It was good to be able to highlight before Ministers and participants the reality of adults who (in the same way as children) are often not able to remove themselves from risk of serious harm.”

A challenge for us all

As part of his personal reflection on the day, Shayne has thrown down a challenge he calls ‘Potential of the Present’ – an idea for a ground swell movement based on a simple, spreadable action.
“What if we all went home from the Summit to our families and whanau and called a family gathering / meal to clarify our own beliefs and actions regarding family violence. The agenda could be:

• What is violence and is it ever acceptable?

• What is a coercive relationship?

• If we see it or are affected, who do we agree to talk to and what do we agree to do?

• How can we spread this conversation into each of our wider circles of friends and acquaintances?

“With some simple maths, 10 people can become 1,000,000 people. We can create a movement of discussion, knowledge and action. Let’s ask ourselves as leaders in the field
– am I prepared to have this conversation in my own family and whanau?”

Shayne says if you like the idea “or want to talk about a better one”, please get in touch at [email protected]

The outcomes from the Summit and the online survey will feed into the work of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence.

More information about the work programme of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence can be found here.

Contact the Multi Agency Team at [email protected]

Update (08/02/2017):

Public consultation on the Family Violence, Sexual Violence and Violence within Whānau Workforce Capability Framework have now closed. Thank you to all who have contributed to the discussion and provided feedback through Loomio, email or in person.

We are currently working through the submissions and will provide a further update and next steps when the Framework has been finalised. Feel free to contact me on the details below should you have any further questions.

Ministerial Group on Family Violence & Sexual Violence Workforce Development workstream

On 29 July 2015, the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence (MGFVSV) announced a cross-government work programme to address family violence and sexual violence. One of these work streams being led by the Ministry of Social Development is identifying the core capabilities that members of the workforce need to have to effectively deliver services, and to better collaborate and co-ordinate with each other.

The Ministry of Social Development appointed an Expert Design Group comprising government and non-government experts in family and sexual violence to co-design the framework, and explore implementation options for the sector.

In the spirit of co-design, the Family Violence, Sexual Violence and Violence within Whānau Capability Framework is being shared with members of the family violence and sexual violence sectors through a combination of targeted, sector wide and online consultations from August 2016 onwards.

We value your feedback and look forward to the conversations that will be generated in this online forum.

Terms of Engagement

We invite you to give feedback on the Family Violence, Sexual Violence and Violence within Whānau Capability Framework. This website enables you to provide feedback on the principles and domains of the framework.

Here you can:
• See the full framework and its individual sections
• See what other people are discussing about the framework
• Agree/support what other people think about the framework and provide feedback.

This online consultation is open until ** 07 February 2017.**

Consultation on the framework is important. We want everyone to have time to read and understand the framework and have your say.

The Family Violence Sexual Violence within Whānau Capability Framework is a large, complex and dynamic piece of work. While all attempts have been made to accurately represent gathered information by our Expert Design Group, we are aware that there will be some things that can be better represented. The consultation process is an important time to discuss and correctly reflect the issues.

How the website works

Use the menu on the left side of the page to get familiar with the content of the document and navigate to the different sections.

Click on the section you want to review or provide feedback on. Put the specific topic you’re commenting on in the subject line, type in your comments below and press 'submit'.

Before submitting your own feedback, you may want to review comments other people have made first and make it known if you support their view. By clicking the ‘reply’ button, you add your view to an existing discussion. If your comments and thoughts aren’t captured by someone else, write them in the comments box and hit ‘submit’.

Your feedback is most effective if each submission is kept to a single idea and is submitted at the relevant section of the framework. This makes it much easier for people to follow the conversation and flow of ideas.

You can provide feedback either as an individual or as a representative of an organisation. An organisation's feedback will need to be made through one person's login. You will need to note it as an organisation's feedback so we can take this into account.

Please note there is no auto save feature for your feedback. You are encouraged not to leave your feedback midway.

About your comments

All comments are published. That means everyone invited to the website can view your comments. Comments/feedback will not be published on this website if they identify a specific person, breach privacy or contain disrespectful or inappropriate comments. These will be removed by the site moderator.

Contact Us
Any questions, technical or otherwise around the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence work programme and the workforce workstream specifically can be directed to the Workforce Workstream Lead, Giselle Wansa-Harvey on [email protected].