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Approach to working 

Effectively supporting women relies on how individual professionals approach their work. Adopting underlying principles that enable engagement and build relationships with women is key rather than finding a specific model of intervention. 

This means:

  • safety, respect and acceptance are paramount
  • trust is a key priority, built through consistent relationships
  • working with the individual, including being culturally competent
  • build on strengths and ways of coping
  • enables choice and control, which in turn builds self-efficacy
  • collaboration – building a plan with a service user not for, and working with other agencies
  • offering time and flexibility