Responding to young people affected by domestic abuse

Young peoples violence advisor training course

Young people experience the highest rates of domestic abuse of any age group.1

Improve the response in your local area to young people who are experiencing domestic abuse.

Subsidies available for expert level - see below.


Dates and locations
Expert level (for foundation graduates): London, 19 - 22 June 2018


Our recent report Safe Young Lives highlighted the fact that the abuse that young people experience may look different to the abuse that adults experience. It also found that existing adult domestic abuse support is not always equipped to meet the needs of young people.

It is important that support for young people is delivered in a way that is responsive to their needs and their specific issues are expertly addressed. 

Our young people's practitioner training will increase your understanding of the dynamics of domestic abuse and how it is different for young people. It will encourage you to consider how adolescence impacts on a young person's behaviour, the key risk factors for serious harm, and how to safety plan in a multi-agency context.

Young people commonly experience abuse through new technologies and social media, which can be used as a monitoring or harassment tool by the perpetrator. This training will help you to understand what technologies and apps are currently available and how to keep up to date as new ones emerge. 


How can this training help learners?

...high quality, relevant training with excellent facilitators


As part of the specialist training focussing on young people and abuse, this course will look at the following topics:

  • Gangs and relationship abuse
  • Young people and intimate partner violence in the digital age
  • Young people affected by 'honour'-based violence and forced marriage
  • Identifying and responding to child sexual exploitation.
  • What is adolescence? How does adolescence impact on a young person's behaviour? What are the implications of this for practice?
  • Safety planning with young people in a multi-agency context


Foundation or Expert level?

Foundation level is for learners new to SafeLives training. Complete the Young People’s Practitioner foundation level training and receive the Certificate in Domestic Abuse OCNLR Level 3. The first eight days of all of our foundation courses cover what we consider the core essentials for anyone working with victims of domestic abuse. The final four days focus on a specialist subject - in this case, young people. 

Expert level is for learners who have completed a 12 day course with us before. Once you have completed your foundation training in one field you may want to broaden your knowledge on domestic abuse by attending a shorter (four day) course in a new field. Complete two expert-level training courses and qualify for the diploma Domestic abuse: prevention and early intervention.

For those working in Wales: Group 4 of the National Training Framework includes those in specialist roles working directly and only with those who have experienced violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. All our certificate and diploma training is suitable for group 4 workers. Attending any expert unit will meet the criteria for CPD as outlined on p.15 of the guidance.


Course details: Expert

Dates and locations: London - 19 - 22 June 2018
Price:  Full fee - £795

Subsidies*: As a result of our efforts to help smaller services find budget for training we are also offering an additional 7 places at just £300* and 9 places at just £50  

* For registered charities with an annual income of less than £1m. There are a very limited amount of reduced fee spaces and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.


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1 Crime survey for England and Wales, March 2016