Archive for January 26th, 2012

January 26, 2012

Why I love my job…

There are good days, bad days and days when you remember what a great job you have.  Yesterday was one of the latter.  I was delighted to host the first semi annual meeting of the managers of the accredited Leading Lights IDVA services.  I was slightly anxious beforehand as I wasn’t too sure how it would go.  I shouldn’t have worried.

I spent two of the most energising hours of the year with about a dozen service managers, hearing what they had achieved, how they were dealing with the current environment and a bit about their plans for the future.  I talked briefly (well as briefly as I could manage) about CAADA’s strategy and how we hope to achieve our 5 year goals of halving the number of high risk victims from 100,000 to 50,000 and halving the time it takes for them to get help from 5 years to 2.5 years – with all that this means for the safety and well-being of their children.  We then heard from Advance about their approach to working with commissioners.  They have recently been successful in expanding their IDVA service from Hammersmith and Fulham and Brent, to Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea.  Finally, we had a fascinating discussion about the work that Blackpool Advocacy are doing with children and young people affected by domestic abuse, funded through Comic Relief.  This is obviously particularly relevant in view of the Government’s consultation about dropping the age of domestic abuse to 16.

Our plan is to meet again in six months, give ourselves a longer time to discuss things and perhaps invite in an outside speaker – as well as welcoming the newly accredited services to the party!  I know that everyone knows this – but the dedication and creativity of the people around the table was outstanding – so I will say it one more time.  And it is one reason why I love my job….