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VIDA Training

VIDA have an excellent reputation as a specialist training provider for domestic and sexual abuse issues, in Sheffield and beyond - our courses are highly valued by statutory, voluntary and private sector managers and frontline staff alike.

Current multi-agency course dates and application processes are set out below - please book separately if you are applying for more than one course, or for a colleague.

You can also contact us to discuss tailored training to meet the particular needs of your organisation or staff team by contacting Maureen Storey, VIDA Director |  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | [0114] 275 0101

Booking for VIDA multi-agency training

Apply online or download the [MS Word] VIDA_Training_Booking_Form 

email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it fax to [0114] 278 1308  [payment can be made separately]

or post to: Training, VIDA Sheffield, Knowle House, 4 Norfolk Park Rd, Sheffield S2 3QE

Training Fees: VIDA must now charge for individual places on our training courses at the following rates: £80 voluntary sector | £95 statutory/private sector

Payment can be made by cheque to VIDA Sheffield or online to Sort Code: 05-08-03 | Account No: 21890177 - please give your name and course number(s) as the reference.

[Note: if you require an invoice, please make prior arrangements and provide the name and email of the person authorising payment] 

date

course number & title

venue

Wednesday

15 March

 4: Why don't they just leave? understanding coercive control

Knowle House

Wednesday

22 March

 2: Doing No Further Harm: working with mental health impacts of domestic & sexual abuse

Knowle House

 

Friday

12 May

 4: Why don't they just leave? understanding coercive control

Knowle House

Wednesday

17 May

 2: Doing No Further Harm: working with mental health impacts of domestic & sexual abuse

 Knowle House

Multi-Agency Training

vida multi-agency training is designed to take practitioners through a careful learning process, to understand the dynamics of domestic and sexual abuse and pathways to safety, and to improve individual and multi-agency responses. Promoting an early, effective and 'trauma informed' response reduces repeat victimisation, and cumulative impacts for survivors and their children, reducing future levels of demand for health, social care, criminal justice and other services.

The training can also be commissioned and tailored for single agency groups, anywhere in the UK - see Tailored Training page.

1: Domestic Abuse Awareness

An experiential programme, ideal for multi-agency participants – learners will be able to: 

  • describe the Duluth power and control wheel, and the range of forms of domestic and sexual abuse

  • describe some of the impacts of living with abuse on adults and children, and people from diverse backgrounds

  • develop skills and confidence to respond early and effectively to domestic and sexual abuse, including safety planning with those at risk

  • understand the importance of risk assessment and of working together with other agencies

  • use the current pathways to refer and signpost people affected by domestic and sexual abuse to specialist services

2: Doing No Further Harm: working with mental health impacts of domestic & sexual abuse

An engaging programme for support workers, mental health practitioners, and anyone interested in developing a trauma informed response to survivors of abuse. This training can support the development of a ‘psychologically informed environment’ [PIE] in support services for vulnerable people. Learners will be able to: 

  • name some realities and myths about mental health and domestic and sexual abuse

  • describe some impacts of abuse on mental health, how people may present and be diagnosed, and barriers to seeking help

  • describe how the human brain responds to trauma and abuse

  • describe some of the foundations of ‘safe therapy’ and tools to help someone manage their distress and regulate their emotions

  • describe support available locally and nationally, and pathways to specialist services

  • recognise potential impacts of working with people affected by abuse and trauma, and strategies for self-care 

3: Rape, Sexual Abuse & Sexual Exploitation: working with survivors

VIDA have developed and deliver this course in collaboration with Sheffield Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre to improve responses to survivors of sexual abuse - of all genders. Learners will be able to: 

  • compare definitions of rape, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, within the context of violence against women and girls

  • compare some of the myths and facts, and media responses to rape and sexual abuse

  • describe impacts of rape, sexual abuse and trauma on the physical and mental health of victims/survivors

  • describe a range of appropriate responses to survivors of rape, sexual abuse and sexual exploitation

  • describe sources of support for survivors, and pathways to specialist services

  • describe potential impacts of working with people affected by abuse and trauma, and strategies for self-care 

4: Why don't they just leave? understanding coercive control 

A new programme designed to develop a better understanding of coercive controlling behaviour [CCB] in the context of domestic and sexual abuse. Learners will be able to:

  • describe controlling and coercive behaviours used by perpetrators of abuse

  • recognise the impacts of CCB, additional vulnerabilities, and barriers to reporting and seeking help

  • describe the difficulties of leaving an abusive relationship

  • recognise tactics used by perpetrators to manipulate professionals

  • describe how CCB is defined in law [Serious Crime Act 2015, s.76] and challenges for identifying, recording and providing evidence to support prosecutions

  • explore a needs-led, strengths based approach to engaging survivors and their children, to build resilience and achieve change that lasts

  • describe support available locally and pathways to specialist services

5: See Me, Hear Me: working with children & young people affected by domestic abuse 

An experiential course designed for those who work directly with children and young people, and ideally will already have participated in awareness training. It is a rewarding, and sometimes emotionally demanding, course. Learners will be able to: 

  • recognise and respond to the needs of children & young people affected by domestic and sexual abuse

  • develop creative ways to enable children to communicate feelings and regulate their emotions

  • feel more confident, skilled and resourceful about responding to children's trauma and their experiences

  • identify specialist services for children & young people affected by abuse

Training developed with Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board

vida worked with SSCB to develop specialist domestic abuse training programmes with a focus on safeguarding children and young people.

6: Safeguarding Children & Young People Affected by Domestic Abuse: for practitioners working with children, young people and their families who encounter domestic abuse issues in their work. Learners will be able to: 

  • recognise impacts of domestic and sexual abuse on children of different ages

  • develop skills in assessment and early intervention, including safety planning with adults and children

  • use the Family Common Assessment Framework and child protection procedures where domestic abuse is an issue in families

  • understand the use of the DASH risk assessment tool, alongside the Family CAF, and the process for High Risk cases to be referred into the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference process

  • use the current pathways to refer and signpost people affected by domestic and sexual abuse to specialist services

7: Domestic Abuse Risk Assessment, MARAC & DHR processes:  for practitioners to become confident and skilled in using the DASH risk assessment tool, to refer high risk cases into the MARAC process, and understand Domestic Homicide Reviews. Learners will be able to: 

    • describe a range of domestic abuse risk factors and the 3 risk levels in use: High / Medium / Standard

    • use the DASH risk assessment tool to assess risk, and know who to consult about potential High Risk cases

    • develop a safety plan with someone at risk from domestic abuse

    • use the DASH tool alongside the Family Common Assessment Framework and child protection procedures where children are living with domestic abuse

    • refer High Risk cases to the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference process and IDVA Service, to promote early, effective multi-agency responses

    • describe the Domestic Homicide Review process, where people are killed or commit suicide in situations involving domestic abuse 

    • use the current pathways to refer and signpost people affected by domestic and sexual abuse to specialist services