Foundation or Specialist? How to choose a course

Our accredited training courses for professionals are available as Foundation or Specialist courses. For more information about how the course structure works, see this diagram or read on below.

If you're new to SafeLives training choose Foundation level

Complete a Foundation level training and receive 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 for example: Idva, responding to sexual violence, working with young people, responding to older people.

Choose Specialist level if you've completed a 12 day course with us before - or as standalone CPD

Our Specialist 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 a Foundation course and two Specialist courses and qualify for the diploma Domestic abuse: prevention and early intervention. You will need to have completed SafeLives foundation training in order to take up a place on a Specialist course, unless you are completing the course as standalone career development. We will also accept learners who have completed Women's Aid's Certificate in Tackling and Preventing Domestic Abuse. 

If you're unsure whether you're eligible for a Specialist course, please contact our training team who will be happy to help: training@safelives.org.uk

Subsidies for SafeLives training

We know budgets are tight and so we've worked hard to find ways of making our training more affordable for you. Read more about subsidies for SafeLives training.

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