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
Foundation level:
 London, 28 Nov (12 days, 3 blocks). Applications close: 3 Oct
Expert level (for foundation graduates): Bristol, 26 Sep (4 days). Applications close: 1 Aug


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 level - For learners who are 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. 

Dates and locations

  • London - 28-30 November 2017, 9-11 January 2018, 6-8 February, 6-8 March

Price for Young People’s Practitioner training foundation level

  • Reduced fee - £1,950 * 
  • Full fee - £2,400

* 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.

Next steps


Expert level - for learners who have completed a 12 day course with us before

Our expert level courses are designed for learners who have already attended foundation training in one subject and want to top up their knowledge 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.

Dates and locations

  • Bristol - 26-29 September 2017

Price for Young People’s Practitioner Expert level

We are thrilled to be able to offer 8 places priced at just £50!** These super reduced prices are all down to the time, effort and dedication of two very inspirational SafeLives supporters, Skye Binning and Cosmo Barran. Read Skye Binning's Boxing Challenge to find out how she did it.

** Unfortunately these spaces have now been allocated**

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.

  • Reduced fee - £300* - Just three places remaining!
  • Full fee - £795

* For registered charities with an annual income of less than £1m. There are a very limited amount of reduced fee spaces at £1,950 and these will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Next steps


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1 Crime survey for England and Wales, March 2016