Becoming an Accredited Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker
Paladin knows that training professionals in stalking specialist advocacy, risk assessment and understanding the new law is vital to supporting victims of stalking and is critical to saving lives and reducing impact. In some cases, stalking can lead to physical and sexual violence and sometimes murder.
This is why we have developed an accredited Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker (ISAC) training course with the University of Brighton. This training will enable Paladin to establish a network of ISACs across the UK as satellites to the national service which will save lives, give victims quality of life and reduce levels of isolation.
Why do we need ISACs?
There are a significant number of stalking cases where the victim did not have a relationship with the perpetrator. Currently, there is no service to support, advise and help such victims, except Paladin - this is a major gap in public protection and we want to ensure that this gap is filled.
We are the first stalking advocacy service to have a specialist team dedicated to younger people, aged 16 - 25 years old, where our specialist knowledge and length of experience allows us to safety navigate victims through the criminal justice system, break down any barriers they may have and assist the police and other agencies throughout an investigation, whilst keeping the voice of the victim at the forefront.
This training will save lives... and money
This training enables us to establish a network of ISACs across the UK as satellites to the national service which will save lives, give victims quality of life and reduce levels of isolation. It is vital that there is a network of specialists locally to ensure victims are given the right advice and supported through the Criminal Justice System, much the same as Independent Domestic Violence Advisors (IDVAs) and Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs).
It is important that there are more ISACs across the UK as their specialist knowledge and advocacy is vital in keeping victims and their children safe. In the long term it will save both lives and money.
The ISAC service There will be 6 ISAC’s countywide, all ISACS will be qualified and most will also be Safe Lives IDVA/ISVA trained.
What service will ISACs provide to Victims of Stalking?
- Trauma informed support
- Advice and advocacy
- Risk assessment and safety planning
- Court support (and police liaison)
- One front door for Hertfordshire victims of DA stalking
- Safer Places programmes
- Legal support (family court)
Become an Accredited Independent Stalking Advocacy Caseworker!
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What does the Training at Paladin look like?
What do ISACs do?
ISACs work closely with police, probation, local authorities, Crown Prosecution Service and local support agencies.