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Training for professionals

Training for professionals working with survivors

Drawing on over 40 years’ experience providing frontline services for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, we provide training to professionals looking to develop their practice in responding to women, children and young people affected by these issues

Supporting Survivors of Domestic Abuse

Aimed at those working directly with survivors in a range of contexts, this course will enable participants to develop their understanding of domestic abuse, its prevalence and impacts, and the skills to confidently identify and respond to survivors, conduct risk assessments and safety plans, and support women and their children to positive outcomes.

Who is this for?

Those working directly with survivors of domestic violence and abuse in a range of contexts

Course Content

  • Definitions and dynamics of domestic abuse
  • Prevalence and impact of domestic abuse
  • Identifying and responding to domestic abuse
  • Domestic abuse and the impact on children
  • Working with women with complex needs
  • Risk assessments
  • Safety planning

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Confidently identify and engage survivors of domestic abuse
  • Sensitively and supportively respond to disclosures
  • Effectively assess risk and respond and refer appropriately
  • Support survivors to develop appropriate safety plans

Duration

Full day

Location

Solace Centre, London, N7 9NY – view on map

Working with Young Survivors and Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

This course is aimed at those working with children and young people, who are interested in learning how to identify and support children who have been affected by child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation (CSA/CSE), and young people who are perpetrating abuse.

Who is this for?

Those working directly with children and young people in a range of contexts

Course Content

  • Definitions and dynamics of child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Identifying young survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Barriers and best practice to facilitate disclosure of CSA/CSE
  • Responding to disclosures and safety planning
  • Illegal and immoral acts committed by perpetrators and the legal consequences
  • How to respond to perpetrator scenarios
  • Useful services – where to refer to and the services they offer
  • Taking learning forward into practice

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Define and demonstrate understanding of child sexual abuse and exploitation
  • Understand good practice in supporting disclosures and feel confident in responding
  • Confidently make referrals and signpost young people to access support service
  • Define and demonstrate an understanding of what a perpetrator is
  • Highlight different offences and legalities around young people who are perpetrators
  • Provide information on how to respond, use resources and refer on to other services when working with perpetrators

Duration

Full day

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Abuse

As well as developing knowledge of rape and sexual violence, the course will help participants build the skills to facilitate and respond to disclosures of sexual abuse, and effectively signpost survivors to relevant local services, whilst maintaining professional boundaries.

Who is this for?

Those working directly with survivors of sexual violence and abuse in a range of contexts

Course Content

  • Definitions and myths around rape and sexual violence
  • Responding to survivors – conducting initial contact
  • Policies and procedures for working with survivors
  • Confidentiality, signposting and boundaries

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Use active listening techniques to respond sensitively to survivors
  • Confidently engage with their organisation’s policies and procedures for supporting survivors
  • Support survivors whilst maintaining professional boundaries
  • Effectively signpost survivors to relevant services

Duration

Full day

Domestic Abuse and the Impact on Children and Young people

The voice of children and young people is often missed in cases of domestic abuse. This course will help practitioners build their skills and knowledge around working with children and young people affected by domestic abuse, both whilst still living in abusive environments and post-separation.  This course includes practical responses for practitioners working with children and young people to help build the confidence to effectively respond to their needs.

Who is this for?

Practitioners looking to gain better understanding of working with children and young people in the context of domestic abuse

Course Content

  • Examining the connection between domestic abuse and child abuse
  • The impact of domestic abuse on children and young people, and their relationship with their parents
  • Supporting children whilst still living in situations where domestic abuse occurs
  • Supporting children through contact arrangements
  • Local services and where to refer to

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Gain deeper understanding of the impacts of domestic abuse on children and young people
  • Feel increased confidence in supporting children whilst living in domestic abuse environments and during contact arrangements with parents following separation
  • Be able to signpost children and parents to relevant support services

Duration

Full day

Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control – Understanding and Awareness

An introductory course to domestic abuse, this course is aimed at individuals who may come into contact with survivors, but do not play a frontline role. This will enable people to develop their understanding of domestic abuse and its impacts, and build their confidence around identifying signs of domestic abuse and the skills to respond and signpost to appropriate services.

Who is this for?

Anyone who may come into contact with those who have experienced domestic abuse.

Course Content

  • Definitions and dynamics of domestic abuse
  • Prevalence and impact of domestic abuse
  • Identifying and responding to domestic abuse
  • Signposting to local support services

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Confidently identify and engage survivors of domestic abuse
  • Sensitively and supportively respond to disclosures
  • Effectively signpost to relevant services

Duration

Half day

Understanding and Practising Self Care

We are best able to support others when we can support ourselves. This training will develop understanding of self-care, burnout and vicarious trauma.  Participants will learn how to set boundaries, and develop personal self-care plans, with a long-term aim of being better able to support themselves, colleagues and ultimately the survivors they work with.

Who is this for?

For anyone looking to deal with stress in the workplace

Course Content

  • Understanding and managing self-care
  • Boundaries and self-preservation
  • Burn out and vicarious trauma
  • Developing personal self-care plans

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Be able to define compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and secondary traumatisation
  • Understand the importance of self-awareness and self-care
  • Have developed a personal self-care plan

Duration

Half day

Specialist Skills Sessions

These sessions are designed to be focused and impactful, looking in depth at one area over a 60 – 90 minute interactive workshop. Choose a one-off session or build your own training day through choosing 4 of the topics below.

Each session will include a brief introduction to domestic and sexual abuse.

Who is this for?

Those working directly with survivors of domestic and sexual violence and abuse in a range of contexts

Topics include:

  • Understanding coercive control
  • Ensuring safety of survivors
  • Responding in different situations if you suspect abuse
  • Supporting someone to reach out to appropriate services
  • Responding in different situations if you suspect abuse – Children and Young People
  • How to maintain professional boundaries when supporting survivors
  • How to develop a self-care plan

Duration

Half day

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