PDA: Domestic abuse advocacy (Idaa) training, Scotland

ASSISTSafeLives and Scottish Women's Aid are working in partnership to deliver a professional development award (PDA) in domestic abuse advocacy for practitioners working in Scotland.

“In all the years I have worked in this field this is by far the best training I have ever been on!”

SafeLives domestic abuse training for idvas scotland

Equip managers or practitioners in domestic abuse services with the knowledge and skills to offer a consistent, safe and effective response to high risk victims of domestic abuse. 

The course will be led by Mhairi McGowan with co-delivery by ASSIST and Scottish Woman's Aid, along with contributions by specialist guest speakers.

The Professional development award for Scotland has been been tailored to meet the needs of a Scottish audience and validated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. 

Price: £1,552 (includes registration fees with SQA)

For more information about costings, please see the joint statement from the Professional Development Award in Domestic Abuse Advocacy Steering Group

Applications for Autumn 2022

We are pleased to announce that applications for our Autumn course will open on Friday 27th May, midday!
An application link will be added to this webpage on Friday 27th May and will close on Thursday 30th June.

The course will be taught online via Zoom, for a full day every Wednesday (9:30am - 4pm) You must attend every day of the course in full to gain accreditation. 

The schedule is:

Block 1

  • Weds 7th Sept
  • Weds 14th Sept
  • Weds 21st Sept

1 week break 

Block 2

  • Weds 5th Oct
  • Weds 12th Oct

2 weeks break (for half term)

  • Weds 2nd Nov

1 week break

Block 3

  • Weds 16th Nov
  • Weds 23rd Nov
  • Weds 30th Nov


Block 4

  • Weds 11th Jan 2023
  • Weds 18th Jan 2023
  • Weds 25th Jan 2023



Course content

Block 1

  • Context and skills of IDAA role
  • Pro-social modelling, active listening, stages of change and motivational interviewing
  • Domestic abuse and health
  • Housing options

Block 2

  • SafeLives Dash and safety planning
  • MARAC and multi-agency risk management
  • Case management from referral to closure

Block 3

  • Criminal justice – input from Police Scotland and COPFS
  • Civil law
  • LGBT clients
  • BME clients

Block 4

  • Children and domestic abuse
  • Adult support and protection sexual abuse
  • Male clients and perpetrator screening 
  • Substance use and domestic abuse
  • Vicarious Trauma

Please see the FAQs for further information, including who is eligible to apply.

Find out more

Contact us

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