Responding to victims of sexual violence

Build your skills, knowledge and confidence. Improve your professional response and make victims of sexual violence safer.

The course is vital for anyone dealing with victims of sexual abuse or violence

About the course

We know from evidence gained through our SafeLives Insights service - and from talking to many of you - that practitioners often feel they lack the confidence needed to ask their clients about sexual violence. This course is designed to address that issue and the feedback we received on our last training suggests it works. In fact over 87% of responses to the quesion, 'Do you feel confident in your ability to carry out your role as an Idva?', stated 'very', or 'extremely', at the end of the training, compared to just 13% of responses before the training.

This course will build your skills, knowledge and confidence, improve your professional response and make victims of sexual violence safer. As part of the training you will be given the opportunity to explore the workings of a SARC, the services and support they can offer. Plus, follow a case study through the criminal justice process from police investigation to court, with support from an expert police speaker.

Responding to victims of sexual violence has been developed in conjunction with Ynys Saff Sexual Assault Referral Centre, Cardiff and approved by the Home Office.

This course is one of our expert level courses. It is typically designed for learners who have already qualified as an Idva or Young people's advisor and want to top up their knowledge by attending a shorter (four day) course in a new subject. However, for the Responding to victims of sexual violence course, we also accept applications from practitioners who are already working with victims of sexual violence and who hold a caseload. 

Course details

Applications for this course are not currently open but please register your interest in future courses and we'll keep you updated.

How can this training help you?

As part of the specialist training you can expect

  • guest speakers - including a police trainer 
  • professional training delivered by  Ceri Fowler (experienced Isva with Ynys Saff, Cardiff Sarc)
  • practical and reflective learning and content
  • the opportunity to qualify as an Isva, if you are already a SafeLives-trained Idva
  • opportunities to connect and share best practice with other professionals
  • free practitioner resources

A few words from our trainer

Learn how to respond to a disclosure of sexual violenceIn this short video Isva and former manager of Ynys Saff (Cardiff Sarc) discusses how this course helps practitioners feel more confident in responding to a disclosure of sexual violence.

Learner feedback

Informative, interesting. Will significantly improve my response to clients 

I feel confident after this training that I can apply the knowledge in my everyday work

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