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 yourself or practitioners in your domestic abuse service 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, Fiona McMullen of ASSIST and Lydia Okroj of Scottish Women'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 2021

THIS COURSE IS NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED - Please register interest in future courses here. 

The course will be taught online, for a full day every Wednesday

The schedule is:

Block 1

  • Weds 25 August
  • Weds 1 September
  • Weds 8 September

1 week break 

Block 2

  • Weds 22 September
  • Weds 29 September
  • Weds 6 October

2 week break for school half terms

Block 3

  • Weds 27 October
  • Weds 3 November
  • Weds 10 November

1 week break

Block 4

  • Weds 24 November
  • Weds 1 December
  • Weds 8 December.



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.

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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 Charlotte Brown, or email scotland@safelives.org.uk