Training for Professionals

Who are the courses for?

The courses are suitable for staff from many different sectors and organisations, including, but not limited to:

  • Specialist domestic and sexual violence service providers
  • Health professionals, for example, midwives, health visitors, GPs, nurses, mental health services
  • Adult and children’s social care practitioners
  • Children’s Centres and voluntary sector children’s organisations
  • Education sector
  • Housing and hostel services
  • Alcohol and drug services
  • Criminal justice agencies

Level 1  

Level 1 courses aim to help raise awareness and increase recognition of domestic abuse. It is an introduction to the subject and is aimed at individuals who know little about the subject area.

Level 1 – Domestic Abuse – Basic Awareness
Level 1 – Impact of Domestic Abuse on children
Level 1 – A Basic Understanding of Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse
Level 1 – Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and the Digital World

Level 2

Level 2 courses are primarily aimed at professionals including volunteers who may come into contact with victims of domestic abuse, perpetrators of abuse and children living in families where domestic abuse is occurring. 

The courses will give attendees an understanding about the subject area and the ability to respond appropriately to disclosures.

Level 2 – Domestic Abuse – What Can I Do?
Level 2 – Increasing the Safety of Victims of Domestic Abuse
Level 2 – Exploring the effects of Domestic abuse on Children and Families.
Level 2 – School Community Staff
Level 2 – An Advanced Understanding of Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse – How to identify who is the Victim & who is the Perpetrator and How to Avoid Collusion

Level 3

Level 3 courses will be suitable for anyone who comes into contact with victims of domestic abuse, perpetrators and children living in families where domestic abuse is occurring and who have significant, regular contact with victims and / or perpetrators and who might be expected, with training, to identify and respond to their initial support needs rather than immediately signpost or refer them to a specialist domestic violence and abuse service.

The courses will give attendees tools and skills to respond to these initial needs and an enhanced understanding of a specific area.

Level 3 – Supporting Teenage Victims of Domestic Abuse.
Level 3 – Adolescent to Parent Abuse.
Level 3 – Understanding Domestic Abuse and its Effect on Children – For Foster Carers
Level 3 – How to Risk Assess Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse & to Increase their Motivation to Engage

Level 4

Level 4 courses are suitable for experienced Domestic Abuse practitioners and also other professionals whose work brings them into close contact with families who are affected by domestic abuse.

The courses include working with victims and perpetrators in a group environment and materials for the group programmes.

Level 4 – How to Facilitate Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse based on the Phoenix Knowledge and Dignity Programmes
Level 4 – How to Facilitate Intervention for Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse based on the Phoenix Respect Programme Manual

Level 1 – Domestic Abuse – Basic Awareness

Domestic abuse is any violent or abusive behaviour, whether physical, sexual, psychological, emotional, verbal or financial, which is used by one person to control and/or dominate another with whom they have or have had a relationship. 

This course aims to help raise awareness and increase recognition of domestic abuse. It is an introduction and is aimed at individuals who know little about the subject area.   Maybe suitable for family members who wish to support a victim.

Aims & Objectives

  • Understand what domestic abuse is and know the Home Office definition.
  • Explore the different types of abusive behaviours used by perpetrators of domestic abuse
  • Comprehend the impact of domestic violence and abuse on victims and survivors
  • Know the prevalence of domestic abuse
  • Recognise the myths relating to the causes of domestic abuse
  • Be aware of the specialist support services and interventions available for victims, children and perpetrators.

Half day – £50, refreshments provided. All handouts/materials and a certificate on completion

Level 1 – Impact of Domestic Abuse on children

  • Basic introduction to consider the impact of domestic abuse on children.
  • Recognising the influence that domestic has on children’s development

Half Day- £50, refreshments included and a certificate on completion.

Level 1 – A Basic Understanding of Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse

Aims & Objectives

  • To identify the behaviour of domestic abusers within an intimate relationship
  • To have an understanding of why perpetrators are abusive
  • To understand minimisation and blame tactics

Half a day – £50, refreshments included and a certificate on completion

Level 1 – Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and the Digital World

Aims & Objectives

  • To recognise how perpetrators might use technology to control their partners
  • To understand how perpetrators can use digital devices to stalk and harass their victims
  • To understand how the use of technology can have an impact on criminal justice proceedings

Half a day – £50, refreshments included and a certificate on completion

Level 2 – Domestic Abuse – What Can I Do?

This course is suitable for anyone working with children, young people and adults and provides an understanding of the definitions and forms of domestic abuse, how to spot it and what action to take if you suspect it.

Aims & Objectives

  • To raise awareness of the impact of domestic abuse on families
  • Understand the effect of domestic abuse on the whole family
  • To increase understanding of how best to offer help and support
  • To raise standards of practice by developing an action plan for next steps

Full day – £75, lunch provided. All handouts/materials and a certificate on completion

Level 2 – Increasing the Safety of Victims of Domestic Abuse

The training programme is primarily aimed at managers, staff and volunteers who may come into contact with victims of domestic violence and abuse.  Basic Awareness of Domestic Abuse (Level 1) or Domestic Abuse – What Can I Do? (Level 2) must be completed prior to this course.

Aims & Objectives

  • Respond to disclosures safely and effectively
  • Understand the purpose of risk identification, employ good practice when undertaking risk identification and follow referral pathways 
  • Understand responsibilities around confidentiality and information sharing
  • Consider domestic abuse law and legislation and what action to take if you suspect domestic abuse.

Full day – £75, lunch included, materials provided and a certificate on completion.

Level 2 – Exploring the effects of Domestic abuse on Children and Families

Aims & Objectives

  • Understand the impact of Domestic Abuse on children of different ages and resilience
  • Explore the effects of domestic abuse on family dynamics and parenting
  • Understand child contact after domestic abuse and the effect on children
  • Explore the common assessment framework and the impact on children
  • Understand the roles children may take in abusive homes.
  • Discuss warning signs that may be visible in Children and Young people experiencing domestic abuse.

Full day – £75, lunch included, materials provided and a certificate on completion.

Level 2 – School Community Staff

Qualified workers can deliver bespoke sessions to staff members to help them support pupils experiencing domestic abuse, consider risk factors and how to effectively support young people affected.

Level 2 – An Advanced Understanding of Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse – How to identify who is the Victim & who is the Perpetrator and How to Avoid Collusion

Aims & Objectives

  • To be able to understand how perpetrators might present as victims 
  • Participants to have an awareness of how perpetrators might influence staff in agencies to collude with them
  • To understand the risks of engaging with perpetrators of domestic abuse

Full day – £75, lunch included, materials provided and a certificate on completion.

Level 3 – Supporting Teenage Victims of Domestic Abuse.

  • Managing risk with teenage victims
  • Understanding the similarities and differences between adolescent and adult victims
  • Safety Planning
  • Teenage victims and the impact of Social Media

Full day – £75, lunch included, materials provided and a certificate on completion.

Level 3 – Adolescent to Parent Abuse.  

Aims and objectives

  • Explore how and why young people may use violence/abuse in their family relationships.
  • Understanding the dynamics and context of Adolescent to Parent Abuse
  • Recognising the impact of adolescent to parent abuse in families
  • Assessing Risk in families with Adolescence to Parent Abuse.

Full day – £75, lunch included, materials provided and a certificate on completion.

Level 3 – Understanding Domestic Abuse and its Effect on Children – For Foster Carers

Children and young people can be traumatised by living with domestic abuse. This course will help Foster Carers understand the key issues facing these children, and how to help them to develop resilience and become more able to grow towards healthy and positive adult life.

  • Understand the effect of domestic abuse on the whole family.
  • Recognise the needs and experiences of children and young people in their care who have experienced domestic abuse within their family home.
  • Understand what is considered to be abuse and to be able to identify possible indicators of abuse.
  • Identify the effects of domestic abuse on children of different ages
  • To increase understanding of how best to offer help and support

2 days – £150, lunch & refreshments included, materials provided and a certificate on completion.

For costs for local authorities for a block booking please contact training@phoenixdas.co.uk

Level 3 – How to Risk Assess Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse & to Increase their Motivation to Engage

Aims & Objectives

Day 1:

  • Understand effective practice within perpetrator work
  • Understanding of the theoretical background that underpins the perpetrator work
  • To enable participants to complete the suitability assessment
  • For participants to feel confident on making decisions about suitability outcome and recommend targeted work for perpetrators 

Day 2:

  • To enable participants to develop their understanding of the materials used in the programme and the aims of the intervention
  • Participants to practice facilitating exercises and gain feedback

2 Days – £120, lunch provided both days, materials provided and a certificate on completion.

Level 4 – How to Facilitate Support for Victims of Domestic Abuse based on the Phoenix Knowledge and Dignity Programmes

The above training will provide your staff with the tools to run the two stage victim programme.

5 Day training course – Email for more information.

Level 4 – How to Facilitate Intervention for Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse based on the Phoenix Respect Programme Manual

The above training will provide your staff with the tools to run a perpetrator programme and if you choose to go for accreditation the level of delivery and the materials provided will meet the standards.

5 Day training course – Email for more information.