Responding to Intimidation Seminar

The Midland Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force (MRDATF) ran its annual Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week from the 9th to 14th November 2015. During this awareness week An Garda Síochána and the National Family Support Network hosted a Responding to Intimidation Seminar for workers in the Midland Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force area.

This event took place on Wednesday 11th November 2015 from 10am to 4pm in the Council Chambers in the Offaly County Council buildings. The event was free of charge and those who attended were family support workers, family support group facilitators and their managers and key workers and case managers.

Overview:  The fear of intimidation and the lived experiences of intimidation by service users and their families is an issue that has confronted services for many years.  The promotion of interagency working is a core facet of quality service provision and in responding to the issue of intimidation.  Services such as Family Support can play a key role in developing responses to intimidation.  This training will run in partnership with the National Family Support Network (NFSN) and An Garda Síochána, and builds on a project between Gardaí and the NFSN around responding to intimidation through an interagency approach.

This training is to support workers (both family support workers and other workers) to facilitate family members or service users experiencing intimidation to understand the options available to them and to avail of supports if they wish to do so.  The training accompanies the ‘Responding to Intimidation Policy’ developed in partnership with Progression Routes and includes inputs from the NFSN, An Garda Síochána, group discussion and skills development.

Learning Outcomes:
• Understand the process for responding to intimidation reported by family members or service users.  Including awareness of supports, boundaries, risk assessment and managing difficult situations
• Have the skills and resources to implement an effective ‘Responding to Intimidation’ policy within their service
• Have clear knowledge of the role of, and supports available from, the National Family Support Network and the Gardaí in managing and responding to intimidation

For further information please contact Ms. Geraldine O’Hanlon, Development Worker, MRDATF, email: or tel: 086 6032930.


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