Training for outreach workers

There’s so much value in what you do, but what’s best practice on how you help people be safe, well and resilient? How does your service welcome people in who find it hard to trust other professionals?

Our trainers will teach you the theory and show you how to put it into practice.

 

Apply for Outreach training today

 

Dates and locations
Foundation level
: Dates to be confirmed
Expert level (for foundation graduates): Dates to be confirmed

It’s like a handbook for going to work!

We know that outreach workers often feel pulled in a million different directions. You work across all levels of risk - although this is not always recognised - and whilst tending to the emotional and practical needs of your clients you're expected to keep on top of paperwork, help with housing issues, make sense of the criminal justice system and family courts, attend case conferences...

Our training helps you understand how to focus on what's important in your role. We'll provide you with the tools, the knowledge and the understanding so that you can provide the best response to your clients.

Learn about the importance of long-term support for victims and survivors of domestic abuse and how you can help them to build their resilience. Develop your understanding of the services and options available and how they can be used to create effective support plans. Hear from experts in the field on subjects such as the impact of trauma on victims and survivors of domestic abuse and how a strengths-based approach can support recovery, then explore how you can integrate these elements into your practice.

 

The importance of Outreach work

Our Insights research collates information from domestic abuse services all across the country. The following statistics indicate just how important Outreach work is.

  • 48% of clients leaving outreach services had experienced no abuse in the past month 
  • 50% of clients leaving outreach services said their quality of life had improved a lot, and a further 32% said it had improved a little
  • 54% of clients leaving outreach services said they felt much safer, and 29% said they felt somewhat safer

 

How the training helped Outreach worker Jenni Steele 

 

New subsidised prices for 2017

We know how difficult it can be for smaller services to find budget for training costs so we have been working hard to establish funding relationships that can help with this. We are thrilled to be able to offer 15 foundation places - that's over half of all places - at a reduced fee of £1000 PLUS 15 expert-level places at a reduced fee of £300.

 

Learner feedback

What I’ve learnt opens more doors for clients.

The course shows the importance of step-down and resilience across all levels of risk

 

About the course

This training is aimed at domestic abuse specialists such as outreach workers and Idvas who want to strengthen the support they offer to victims and survivors of domestic abuse. The course covers essential knowledge and skills for working with victims and survivors as part of a risk-led approach, with a particular emphasis on longer term recovery and resilience. Content includes:

  • The short and long term effects of domestic abuse, including the impact of adverse childhood experiences, mental health and responses to trauma
  • How to assess and engage clients across the risk spectrum
  • Key skills and approaches for working with victims and survivors of domestic abuse, including care pathways, child contact and housing
  • How to build resilience with clients who’ve experienced domestic abuse, including the role of employment and education
  • Relevant legislation and how to apply it in practice
  • Effective ways of working with outreach clients, including group/peer support, strengths-based working and cognitive behavioural approaches.

 

Foundation level - For learners who are new to SafeLives training 

Qualification: Certificate in Domestic Abuse OCNLR Level 3

Dates and locations: TBC

Prices 

  • First 15 places for smaller organisations just £1,000(this subsidy applies to the first 15 eligible applicants)
  • Remaining places for smaller organisations: £1950*
  • 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

Qualification: Complete two expert-level training courses and qualify for the diploma Domestic abuse: prevention and early intervention.

Dates and locations: Dates to be confirmed

Closing Date: Dates to be confirmed

Prices Subsidised places still available!

  • Subsidised places for smaller organisations just £300* (this subsidy applies to the first 15 eligible applicants)
  • Remaining places for smaller organisations: £550*
  • Full fee - £795

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

Next steps:

 

Foundation or expert?

​The first eight days of all of our foundation courses cover what we consider the core essentials for anyone working with victims and survivors of domestic abuse. The final four days focus on a specialist subject - in this case, working in an outreach capacity. 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.

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.

Further information

 

Contact us

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