PDA: Domestic abuse advocacy (Idaa) training, Scotland

ASSISTSafeLives and Scottish Women's Aid are working in partnership to deliver a professional development award (PDA) in domestic abuse advocacy for practitioners working in Scotland.

“In all the years I have worked in this field this is by far the best training I have ever been on!”

SafeLives domestic abuse training for idvas scotland

Equip yourself or practitioners in your domestic abuse service with the knowledge and skills to offer a consistent, safe and effective response to high risk victims of domestic abuse. 

The course will be led by Lucy McDonald from SafeLives, Fiona McMullen of ASSIST and Lydia Okroj of Scottish Women's Aid along with contributions by specialist guest speakers.

The course will be based on key parts of the successful SafeLives foundation Idva training programme which has been developed over the past 11 years in England and Wales and delivered to over 1800 practitioners.

The Professional development award for Scotland has been been tailored to meet the needs of a Scottish audience and validated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. 

Price: £1,552 (includes registration fees with SQA)

For more information about costings, please see the joint statement from the Professional Development Award in Domestic Abuse Advocacy Steering Group

Course details Edinburgh 2019/20

Course FULL


Course details Glasgow 2020


Albany Centre,
44 Ashley Street,

Block One:

  • 21st-23rd January 2020

Block Two:

  • 18th-20th February 2020

Block Three:

  • 17th-19th March 2020

Block Four:

  • 21st-23rd April 2020

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If you are unable to attend either course but are interested in future courses, please use this link to register your interest.



Course content

Block 1

  • Context and skills of IDAA role
  • Pro-social modelling, active listening, stages of change and motivational interviewing
  • Domestic abuse and health
  • Housing options

Block 2

  • SafeLives Dash and safety planning
  • MARAC and multi-agency risk management
  • Case management from referral to closure

Block 3

  • Criminal justice – input from Police Scotland and COPFS
  • Civil law
  • LGBT clients
  • BME clients

Block 4

  • Children and domestic abuse
  • Adult support and protection sexual abuse
  • Male clients and perpetrator screening 
  • Substance use and domestic abuse
  • Vicarious Trauma


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Contact us

For queries about eligibility, pricing or any other questions, call our training team on 0117 403 3224 and ask for Katy Logan or email training@safelives.org.uk