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The Safe & Together™ Model

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We know the experience of family violence has a devastating impact on children’s lives. It is vital that we seek ways to help children heal and to strengthen children’s family relationships.

The Safe & Together™ Model is an internationally respected approach for working with families impacted by domestic violence perpetrator behaviour. At Berry Street, we are committed to the implementation of the Safe & Together™ Model across the organisation.

Safe and Together training is offered in two different ways. For specialist family violence and family services workforces we offer the four day core training across the year and a Community of Practice bi monthly. This core training is also open to external community services staff who wish to learn more about the approach to working with family violence victim survivors, children impacted by violence and perpetrators. This is offered as a fee for service. Please contact either of the Practice Development Managers in the Northern Specialist Family Violence Program via email For all of Berry Street staff we offer a one day overview of the model, via our Learning and Development calendar that is currently offered on a monthly basis.

The Safe & Together™ Model was developed by David Mandel in the United States. The model helps child welfare systems to become better partners to adult survivors and their children, and to intervene more effectively with perpetrators. The growing body of data on the model shows that it helps keep children safely with their protective parent and changes the way practitioners work with the entire family.

Berry Street partners with the Safe & Together™ Institute to host the annual Asia Pacific Safe & Together™ Model conference.

To learn more about the Safe and Together™ Model, go to Safe and Together Institute: About the model.

Learn more about our family violence services