What does the IRIS+ training look like?
At the moment IRIS+ is in the pilot stage and we are in the process of delivering the IRIS+ training to four GP surgeries in Bristol:
The training consists of two 2-hour sessions. The training includes discussion of:
- The impact of domestic violence on women, men and children
- The kinds of medical presentations that might be associated with domestic violence and abuse
- How GPs and practice nurses can safely ask about and record domestic violence and abuse
- Safeguarding and supporting children exposed to domestic violence and abuse
- The specialist support offered by the IRIS+ advocate educators and how clinicians can refer to this service
The first training session is jointly delivered by one of the IRIS+ advocate educators and a practicing GP.
For the second session, the two trainers are joined by a social worker from Bristol City Council who is local to the GP practice and who can offer information and guidance around working with children exposed to domestic violence and abuse.