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Specialist: Training for outreach workers

Our Specialist: Training for outreach workers course aims to strengthen the support domestic abuse specialists offer to victims and survivors using a risk-led approach 

Key course features

Our Specialist: Training for outreach workers course will cover the following topics:

  • Enhancing essential skills and knowledge as part of a risk-led approach, with a particular emphasis on longer term recovery and resilience
  • Focusing on skills to move victims of domestic abuse into recovery using trauma informed practice and building resilience with cognitive behavioural approaches to maintain separation safely and move on with their lives
  • Exploring the impact of economic abuse and rebuilding employment and education after domestic abuse

Course overview

SafeLives Outreach Specialist course focuses on supporting victims at medium risk of harm and recovery. The course aims to enhance your practical knowledge, helping you provide the best possible support for all victims of domestic abuse and their children, beyond the initial crisis point. The course is designed as further development following a SafeLives Foundation course, which covers the core domestic abuse knowledge you would want as a domestic abuse practitioner 

Successful completion of this accredited course and the Idva Foundation course will give you the title of OCN Qualified Domestic Abuse Outreach Worker. 

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Trauma, attachment and resilience theories and how they interact with domestic abuse
  • Principles of cognitive behaviour therapy
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Impact of economic abuse and supporting recovery
  • Key skills for supporting victims to maintain separation safely

This course is aimed at refuge and recovery workers, Idva practitioners, domestic abuse practitioners and service managers who currently carry an active caseload of domestic abuse victims or are about to start doing so and have completed another SafeLives Foundation course to gain the Outreach qualification.  The training can also be a great opportunity for non-DA professionals to gain CPD around the risks specifically around young people’s experiences of domestic abuse. SafeLives does however recommend that you have a strong knowledge of domestic abuse case management.

Learn more about the Foundation: Training for outreach workers

Time commitment

This course comprises 4 days online training, delivered in four consecutive days; e-learning modules which must be completed prior to attending each block of training; and the completion of one assessed worksheets that is submitted online. You must attend all 4 days.

The list below provides guidance on recommended study time you should allow:

  • Guided learning (training blocks, pre-course reading and e-learning modules) – 40 hours
  • Worksheets – 15 hours
  • Notional study – 40 hours
  • Total course time requirement – 95 hours 


This course is available to practitioners who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Anyone with a current, active caseload supporting domestic abuse victims. This is to ensure that you have a variety of cases for practice reflection as part of your assessment.
  2. Has a line manager or equivalent supervisor within an appropriate organisation. They should confirm your application details and support you for the duration of the course and whilst you are completing the worksheets.

To promote diversity and widen our learners’ network, we generally limit the number of successful applicants from the same organisation admitted to one course to two spaces.
For professionals who have not completed a SafeLives Foundation course, they can complete this as CPD. SafeLives highly recommends non-DA professionals have a strong knowledge of domestic abuse case management. Please consider this before you apply to avoid any disappointment.

The facilitators have a wealth of knowledge and this shines through when they deliver the course.

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£718.25 per learner


We’re pleased to offer a limited number of subsidised spaces for learners wishing to train with us.

The reduced fee spaces are allocated by random selection from the pool of successful applicants who qualify. Please ensure that you complete the application as fully as possible as the answers provided on the application will be used to determine eligible learners.  Thanks to the additional funding from Ministry of Justice our subsidised spaces are offered at an even lower rate currently.

  • Subsidised spaces £60 (previously £600) - Learners from registered charities with an annual income of less than £1million.
  • Super subsidised spaces £35 (previously £350) - Learners from registered charities with an annual income of less than £500,000.

How to apply

Applications for the Specialist: Training for outreach workers courses are closed.

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We welcome learners of all backgrounds and abilities. We encourage you to share with us any details on accessibility and diversity needs so we can ensure the right support is in place. You can also contact us if you have any queries via training@safelives.org.uk.

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