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.


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

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, Barking IG11

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, London N1

More information and booking forms available here.


Quality Assurance Frameworks

Expert-led Training delivered by Imkaan

13th February 2019

Overview:

This expert-led training is provided by Imkaan’s Sustainability Team through the Ascent project and is part of the London VAWG Consortium. Imkaan’s national framework assists specialist ‘by and for’ BME organisations and commissioners in evidencing and understanding the quality of services this sector provides. The session is aimed at BME women practitioners in the London ending VAWG sector, and provides a focus on Imkaan’s Quality Assurance frameworks which are part of the initiatives in the area of ending violence against BME women and girls. Participants will learn about what the framework is comprised of and how it can benefit their by and for organisations.

For more information and to register, please click here.


Working with Male Victims of Domestic Abuse

Expert-led training by Respect

20th February, Amnesty International EC2A 3EA

This course aims to increase participants’ knowledge about male victims of domestic violence and abuse and their experiences, including how male victims’ experiences may differ from women’s experiences, and information about the nature, scale and incidence of intimate partner violence against men. The course teaches participants the skills they need to identify male victims, and respond appropriately to their needs.

Each participant is given a hard copy of the Respect Toolkit for Work with Male Victims of Domestic Violence.

What will I learn? Participants on this course will learn how to identify male victims of domestic violence and abuse and respond to their needs using the Respect Male Victims Toolkit. The course aims to:
• Learn about the experiences of male victims
• Understand how to assess men’s needs
• Learn how to respond to male victims’ needs
• Learn how to assess who is doing what to whom
• Practice assessing and managing risk in work with male victims

Who should attend? This course is aimed at:
• Sector workers looking for an introduction to male victims
• Professionals who come into contact with male victims occasionally, such as social workers, Cafcass officers, counsellors, healthcare workers etc.
• Practitioners who want to provide a frontline service for male victims of domestic violence and abuse

Course length: One day

To register, please click here.


Violence Against Black and ‘Minority Ethnic’ Women and Girls

Expert-led Training delivered by Imkaan

20th February 2019

Course description

This expert-led training focuses on the various forms and contexts in which violence against BME women and girls manifests. The session will explore how particular concepts such as ‘intersectionality’ and ‘space’ are intrinsic to practice and ways practitioners can both analyse and respond effectively.

For more information and to register, please click here.


Children Under Ten Years Old and Domestic Violence

Accredited training delivered by AVA

26th February 2019, London

Course description

Children under ten years old and domestic violence is a one day course. It is for frontline workers who want to learn about basic domestic violence theory and specifically how children under ten years old are affected.

In addition to exploring the behavioural, emotional and cognitive effects of domestic abuse on children under ten years old, you will also examine the links between domestic violence and child abuse. The effect on parenting for both the abusive and the non-abusive parent is also looked at, as well as the effects of abuse on unborn children and the impact of post traumatic stress on children.

The course includes practical guidance for those working with schools, in addition to how to create a safety plan with children. You will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive activities and group discussions. This course uses film to illustrate key points.

Learning objectives

  • Increase knowledge of and experience in domestic violence work
  • Learn about good practice examples and projects
  • Learn how to do safety planning and risk assessment with children
  • Increase confidence in challenging myths and stereotypes
  • Understand the links between domestic violence and child abuse
  • Understand how domestic abuse can affect children

Who should attend?

This course is for anyone who works directly with children under ten years old effected by domestic violence. This course is practitioners with no previous training on domestic violence. For example, this may include Sure Start staff, Victim Support staff, teachers, students with placements in early years settings, health visitors and social workers.

For more information and to register, please click here.


Harmful Practices

Expert-led training delivered by Women and Girls Network

27th February 2019

Course description

This course aims to introduce participants to the different types of Harmful Practices, and the psychological impact of trauma caused by experiences of Harmful Practices.

By the end of the day participants will:

  • —Gain an understanding of the global and traumatic impact of Harmful Practices on clients psychological and emotional well being
  • Gain an understanding of relevant clinical conceptualizations.
  • Identify best practice and issues to consider when working with clients.
  • Identify impact on practitioners and the development of self care strategies.

For more information and to register, please click here.


Joining the Dots Between Governance, Trustees, and Fundraising

Sustainability training delivered by Women’s Resource Centre

28th February 2019, London

Course description

Good governance is at the heart of a successful charity, and successful charities need a strong fundraising base. Ultimately, Trustees are accountable for the governance of the charity, but the responsibility of developing the organisational culture and implementing the processes and procedures that underpin good governance lie with the CEO and senior management team.

This training will cover:
• Seven principles of good governance
• Trustees – roles and responsibilities
• Board recruitment
• Fundraising – a whole organisation approach

Who should attend?

This training is aimed at CEOs and members of senior management, or individuals preparing to move into senior management roles.

For more information and to register, please click here.


Better Engagement with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse

Expert-led training delivered by Respect

19th March 2019, Amnesty International EC2A 3EA

Course description

The aim of this course is to increase understanding of the dynamics behind domestic violence and abuse. The course focuses on giving participants useful knowledge and tangible skills, such as early identification techniques, methods to increase engagement and motivation for change, and correct referral procedures and pathways.

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to refresh their knowledge or would like an introduction to working with perpetrators.

What will I learn?

Participants on this course will learn about current techniques and research informed best practice designed to improve engagement with perpetrators in order to:
• Learn about ways to identify perpetrators of domestic violence and abuse
• Understand the dynamics of why perpetrators use violence and abuse
• Practice using tools to assess the risk posed by the perpetrator to (ex)partner and children
• Gain knowledge of the techniques used for initial motivational work with perpetrators
• Understand the differences between empathic and collusive working with perpetrators
• Practice how to make appropriate referrals to other agencies upon identification

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at:
• Sector workers looking for an introduction to perpetrators
• Victim/survivor practitioners who want to understand more about perpetrators
• Professionals who come into contact with perpetrators occasionally, such as social workers, Cafcass officers, counsellors, healthcare workers etc.

Course length: One day

For more information and to register, please click here.