Independent domestic violence advisor

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Our Idva training courses are for Idvas, domestic abuse practitioners and service managers with a caseload. The course will help you enhance your practical knowledge, helping you provide the best possible support for domestic abuse victims, survivors and their children.

The training is supported by relevant specialists from many different fields, including the criminal justice system, family law, child protection, sexual assault referral centres (Sarcs) and housing services.

98% of learners told us they felt more confident in their role after receiving our Idva training

The course will support you to:

  • help victims and their children feel safer through the provision of a quality Idva response
  • develop your confidence and skills through group work, coaching and one-to-one feedback sessions
  • share experience and best practice with other Idva learners
  • improve practice within your service 

Foundation level training

We are pleased to announce that we are delivering an Idva foundation training course for Welsh candidates who work for organisations based in Wales with mainly Wales-based clients. 

Course code: CC20W

Mode of Training: Online (via Zoom)

Time: 09:30 - 16:00 (with 1 hour lunch break)

Block 1: Tuesday 17th November - Thursday 19th November 2020

Block 2: Tuesday 15th December - Thursday 17th December 2020

Block 3: Tuesday 26th January - Thursday 28th January 2021

Block 4: Tuesday 2nd March - Thursday 4th March 2021

This course is funded by and delivered on behalf of the Welsh Government. We will only accept applications from candidates who work for organisations based in Wales.

Applications for CC20W are now CLOSED- we have received an unprecedented amount of applications so thank you to those who have applied. We will be reviewing all applications and you will receive the outcomes of your applications in due course, thank you in advance for your patience!

For all other applicants, and those interested in our Idva foundation training outside of Wales, please see the below information.

Idva Foundation course details:  

All of our other Autumn 2020 courses are now FULL - please register your interest in future courses.

Price: £2,400

Subsidies: We're pleased to be offering a limited number of subsidised places at £1,950 for charities with an annual income of less than £1 million. These are very limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

Our Foundation level training is for people who are new to SafeLives training and covers what we consider to be the essential skills for anyone working with people affected by domestic abuse. It also covers the four day Idva Expert content outlined further down this page. 

In response to the latest Covid-19 situation and the latest government announcements asking people to work from home if they can, we have taken the decision to switch all our open course from face to face to online delivery for the next six months.

We are pleased to confirm that we are now in a position to deliver all remaining blocks of this training for you online.

If you have secured a space on our Autumn 2020 courses, your current Idva training dates will remain unchanged.

This online training will run via the Zoom platform and we will send you the joining instructions 1 week before each block starts, along with any pre-reading and reference materials you need. We have specially adapted our training material to this online format, ensuring that you will receive all necessary content required to support your work as a Domestic Abuse practitioner and to allow you to evidence your learning by completing your worksheets. Sessions will run from 9.30am-4pm daily with a 1 hour lunch break. Your lead trainer will be available for contact with questions and queries between 9am and 5pm on all three of the training days per block.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Online training – will that impact my accreditation?

No, our accrediting body, OCN, have confirmed that we can use this online format to meet all the required learning hours and ensure the course learning outcomes are achieved.  Those who attend the live training sessions on the scheduled dates and times specified above will have that attendance registered.

2. Will the accreditation process change if I attend online?

No, you will still complete 4 worksheets in order to pass the Idva course. All the information you need will be available to you on Moodle, our online learning platform, and fully explained by your trainer on Day 1 of the course.

You can find out more about Covid-19 in terms of  Domestic and Sexual Abuse support services here on our website: https://safelives.org.uk/news-views/domestic-abuse-and-covid-19

All of our other Autumn 2020 courses are now FULL - please register your interest in future courses. 

Expert level training

Our four day Idva Expert course is OCN accredited. For those who have already completed a SafeLives Foundation course in a different subject area it will allow them to build towards a Diploma. For those who have completed Women's Aid Certificate in Tackling and Preventing Domestic Abuse or want to develop their practice experience, the course will contribute towards your CPD. 

Join us and learn about the essential topics for practitioners supporting people at high risk of serious harm or murder as a result of domestic abuse. You will look at the role of an Idva in the multi-agency response to domestic abuse, and hear from our guest speakers on:

  • Police Response
  • CPS
  • SARC
  • Stalking

Find out more

Contact us

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