Training

The second tier support project aims to address the long term sustainability needs of organisations providing services to those affected by sexual and domestic violence; one of our objectives is to provide training sessions to improve the quality of those services and to support them to sustain that level.

Support services are provided by Against Violence and Abuse (AVA), Imkaan, Rights of Women, Respect, Women and Girls Network (WGN).


“The training was brilliant, especially the combination between theory and practical tools. It was just useful because we could tailor it to our own organisations


All the training sessions provided by Ascent are subject to eligibility of your organisation and availability; for more information please follow the link provided for each training session or contact the delivery partner directly.



Coercive control: law and developments

The offence of coercive and controlling behaviour came into force in December 2015, however the rate of convictions (particularly where there has been no element of physical violence) remains low.  This free course will provide you with knowledge to support survivors of coercive and controlling behaviour in their journey through the legal system.

In this half day session you will:

  • Examine the criminal offence of coercive control including:
  • When it applies,
  • What it means in practice,
  • The benefits and challenges of the law.
  • Understand measures that can be put in place through the criminal and civil justice systems to protect survivors of coercive and controlling behaviour.
  • Discuss how to support survivors of coercive and controlling behaviour through the justice systems.
  • Tuesday 17th September 2019, 10.00am to 1.00pm, London SE16

    More information and booking forms available here.


    Helping Survivors Access Family Law Legal Aid

    Expert-led training delivered by Rights of Women

    Earlier this year the government introduced changes to the types of evidence survivors can provide to access family law legal aid.  All professionals working with survivors of VAWG will find it helpful to know what to do if they are called upon to provide such evidence. The course will cover:

  • What is legal aid?
  • When is family law legal aid available?
  • Why you (professionals working in statutory or voluntary organisations who come into contact with survivors) may be asked to provide evidence to help survivors access legal aid
  • Practical tips on preparing evidence for survivors
  • Thursday, 21 March 2019, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, London N1

    More information and booking forms available here.


    Complex Needs, 2 day OCN Accredited Training Course

    Accredited training delivered by Women and Girls Network

    3rd and 4th April 2019

    Course description

    This free two day accredited course explores the theoretical and clinical presentations of complex needs of women and girls accessing services who have experienced gendered violence.

    The course will define complex needs, introducing Developmental Trauma and Complex Traumatic Stress alongside common clinical presentations such as depression, self-harming behaviour, suicidal ideation and activation. Understanding of trauma reactions and associated neurobiological responses will also be explored. The course will introduce strengths and evidence based interventions working holistically to support recovery, emphasising women’s capacity for resilience and internal resources to promote sustainable healing.

    Who this training is for:

    Women and Girls Network (WGN) training courses are funded by London Councils (LC) under the 2nd Tier Ascent Project, and the criteria for applying to and attending these courses are set out below:

    These courses have been developed for front-line female staff, working directly with Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) working within London organisations. Please note due to funding requirements, this free course is only available to female professionals providing VAWG services in London.

    For more information and to register, please click here.


    Child Sexual Exploitation

    Training delivered by Women and Girls Network

    10th April 2019, London

    Course description

    The independent inquiries into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham and Manchester have exposed the prevalence and impact of child sexual exploitation on the lives of young people. A key recommendation from both inquiries has included the need to increase professional’s awareness of child sexual exploitation.

    Women and Girls Network has developed this short course aimed at Practitioners who are working directly with or responsible for the safeguarding of young people in London. The day course will support you with the following:

    • Defining what Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is
    • Exploring attitudes regarding CSE whilst challenging myths and stereotypes
    • Understanding risk and vulnerability factors
    • Recognising indicators and signs of risk or involvement in CSE
    • Providing an insight into grooming techniques and profiles of perpetrators
    • Understanding trauma responses, long term impact and the risks / links to polyvictimsation

    Who this course is for:

    Women and Girls Network (WGN) training courses are funded by London Councils (LC) under the 2nd Tier Ascent Project, and the criteria for applying to and attending these courses are set out below:

    These courses have been developed for front-line female staff, working directly with Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) working within London organisations. Please note due to funding requirements, this free course is only available to female professionals providing VAWG services in London.

    For more information and to register, please click here.