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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

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

Date & Duration

7th June 2018

09.30 – 12.30 

Cost

Early bird price: £45.00 until 30th April

General price: £55.00 after 30th April

Location

Ideastore, 321 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU

Supporting Children and Young People Affected by Domestic Abuse

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
  • Effectively responding in a person-centred way
  • 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

Date & Duration

15th June 2018

09.30 – 16.30 

Cost

Early bird price: £85.00 until 30th April

General price: £95.00 after 30th April

Location

St Pancras Community Association, 67 Plender Street, NW1 0LB

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence and Abuse

The extent of sexual harassment and sexual violence has been revealed in recent months, from Hollywood to Westminster, survivors have found the courage to speak up against sexual predators and voice their experiences. But what happens to them next? How do they recover and move on from their experiences? And what can you do if you know someone who has been affected?

Developed and delivered by experienced trainers who work on the frontline, supporting survivors from crisis to recovery, our training is for anyone who comes into contact with survivors, be it a client, colleague or friend, to help you build your understanding, knowledge and skills to respond and offer support.

Who is this for?

Anyone in contact with or working directly with survivors of sexual violence and abuse in a range of contexts

Did you know?

  • There has been a 19% increase in reports of rape in London in the past year
  • 11 women are raped each week in each London Borough
  • Of those who experience abuse, up to 73% suffer from anxiety, 64% experience post-traumatic stress disorder, and 40% feel suicidal

You will learn:

  • What sexual violence is and the picture of sexual violence in the UK and London
  • The myths and misconceptions around sexual violence, and how societal messages impact on survivors and the support they receive
  • The impacts of sexual violence and criminal and legal processes
  • Practical strategies for recognising and responding to survivors

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?

Anyone in contact with or working directly with survivors of domestic abuse in a range of contexts

Did you know?

  • Domestic abuse accounts for 1/3 of all violent crime in London
  • Domestic abuse costs London over £900 million each year in physical and mental health costs, criminal justice, social services, housing and refuge, civil legal costs and lost economic output
  • Experiences of violence significantly increase the liklihood of someone experiencing anxiety, PTSD, stress, and suicidal thoughts

You will learn:

  • The definitions and dynamics of domestic abuse
  • How it impacts on survivors and the barriers to reporting and disclosing abuse
  • The link between domestic abuse, mental health and substance misuse
  • How to support disclosures of abuse and access to ongoing services

Stalking – A Practical Response 

This training will provide an introduction to stalking, stalking law and stalking perpetrators, and help participants develop practical strategies to advocate for and support victims, and hold perpetrators to account.  This workshop is suitable for anyone.

Who is this for?

This workshop is suitable for staff at any organisation that may come into contact with people affected by stalking

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will develop:

  • An understanding of the difference between stalking and harassment
  • Knowledge of stalking law and types of stalking, including cyber and digital
  • Practical strategies to advocate for and support victims, including using the Stalking DASH risk assessment tool
  • Understanding of perpetrator typologies and how to hold perpetrators to account

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

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

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

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