Please also see the Frontline feature: Tackling abuse: physiotherapy and domestic violence
Following an ARC motion in 2013, the CSP contacted the Department of Health to find out what steps have been taken to implement the recommendations of the 2010 report by the Taskforce on the Health Aspects of Violence against Women and Children.
The recommendations of that taskforce have now been amalgamated into a cross governmental group and a number of reports have been published containing further guidance for health care practitioners and updates on progress.
Role of Stewards
CSP stewards are encouraged to raise questions about implementation of the recommendations for NHS action at local level via local joint negotiating committees.
Stewards may also find it helpful to refer to the following resources when raising issues or negotiating policies at JNCC level, or when dealing with individual members who are experiencing domestic violence and requesting support in the workplace. The key is putting a policy into place and having staff educated and alerted to these types of issues so they can best support colleagues.
Resources for stewards
- CSP Equality and Diversity Toolkit - information and guidance on equality legislation and best practice brought together in a user-friendly and accessible format. Includes section on domestic violence on page 67.
- NHS Employers online resources - includes guidance to trusts on developing a workplace policy for dealing with issues arising from domestic violence.
- Domestic Violence London - a resource for health professionals (NHS Barking & Dagenham 2014).
- Example of recently negotiated Trust policy: Domestic Abuse – support for staff (Addenbrookes NHS Trust policy).
- 'Domestic violence and abuse: how health services, social care and the organisations they work with can respond effectively' (NICE, February 2014. Recommendations 6 (pages 12-13) and 8 (pages 14-15) relate to frontline physiotherapists) - access Nice guidance PH50
- 'Three Steps to escaping violence against women and girls - A guide for black and minority ethnic women and children' (Home Office & Southall Black Sisters, 2012) includes helplines: Download as a PDF file
- Responding to violence against women and children – the role of the NHS: The report of the Taskforce on the Health Aspects of Violence against Women and Children, March 2010. Download as a PDF file
- Improving services for women and child victims of violence: the Department of Health Action Plan 2010 Download as a PDF file
- TUC survey report on domestic violence and the workplace
- TUC blog on domestic violence
- Woman's Hour discussion on impact of domestic violence in the workplace (includes interview with TUC Head of Equality and Employment Rights Sarah Veale)