Training – Thursday 19th & Friday 20th April 2018
Domestic Homicide Reviews
“AAFDA bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the Domestic Homicide Review process, and I welcome their commitment to training chairs and commissioners of reviews to help promote and embed good practice.”
Christian Papaleontiou, Home Office, Chair of National Domestic Homicide Review Quality Assurance Panel and Head of Public Protection Unit.
AAFDA is offering two-day training courses on chairing, commissioning DHRs and being a competent panel member of these reviews.
Frank Mullane, assisted by Dr. Jane Monckton Smith (practising Chair) or another (on the second day) will cover theory (examples of application), some process, expectations (e.g. forensic narrative), thorny issues/difficult reviews and explore domestic violence issues.
The course will also include direct input from a family and the overall theme will be concentrating on the values underpinning good reviewing. This training does not purport to equip you to be fully trained to chair a DHR.
You should also complete the online training provided by the Home Office. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-violence-and-abuse.
Frank Mullane is a Home Office accredited Chair (not practising) and his specialisms are:
1.Helped design and roll out the original Home Office DHR training.
2. Home Office appointed ‘reader’ also on the national DHR QA Panel. As a reader, I provide assessments of reviews to the QA panel. (c.500 quality assured).
3. Helped write the initial and then two later versions of the statutory guidance, designed the template and wrote much of the criteria that we use when assessing DHRs. I wrote leaflets and letters used in the process and recently altered the statutory guidance to significantly raise the status of families in DHRs and broadened and contextualised the scope of these reviews.
4.In 2017, I designed and rolled out training in the new DHR guidance in collaboration with Standing Together Against Domestic Violence.
5. I am the CEO of AAFDA which provides advocates to help families after domestic homicide and provides technical expertise on reviewing. We have directly helped c. 190 families with these reviews and many more indirectly.
6. AAFDA has been very influential in improving DHRs for all parties and significantly elevating the status of families. The model we have developed is embedded in the statutory guidance and thought to be unique in the world. We care passionately about open, honest and thorough reviews.
7. I have been to the USA on a number of occasions to meet fatality reviewers, recently presenting there on “Expanding the Forensic Narrative”, I have delivered DHR training in Belfast, Portugal, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. I will soon be talking with Norway about developing DHRs there.
8. I am published frequently on DHRs, including in:
• Domestic Abuse, Homicide and Gender”, Jane Monckton Smith and Amanda Williams with Frank Mullane, Nov 2014.
• Domestic Homicides and Death Reviews. An international perspective. Edited by Myrna Dawson (2017)
• When Parents Kill Children. Understanding Filicide. Editors: Brown, Thea, Tyson, Danielle, Fernandez Arias, Paula (Eds.) (2018).
9. I have been through a review as a family member (Pemberton Review).
For more information, or to secure a place, please contact Frank Mullane on firstname.lastname@example.org or Sarah Dangar, Operations Manager on email@example.com