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Independent domestic violence advisor

Idva training for independent domestic abuse advisors

Overview  

Our Idva training courses are for Idvas, domestic abuse practitioners and service managers who currently carry an active caseload or are about to start doing so. The course will 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. The training also includes modules on Multi-agency risk assessment conferences (Marac), Anti-racist practice, and working with minoritised groups experiencing domestic abuse or harmful practices. The content is designed to give learners the depth and breadth needed to support domestic abuse victims, survivors and their children in a multi-agency context from a whole family perspective. 

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 while engaging in reflective practice 

  • improve practice within your service 

  • advocate for domestic abuse victims, survivors, and their children in multi-agency settings  

 

Eligibility:   

  1. Anyone with a current active caseload of adults in the community. This is to ensure that you have a varied range of case examples for your worksheets.  

  1. A line manager or equivalent role within an appropriate organisation, who can vouch for you for the entire time you are on the course and completing the worksheets. 

Important: To promote diversity and widen our learners’ network, we will limit the number of successful applicants from the same organisation admitted to one course to two spaces. Please consider this before you apply to avoid any disappointment.  

 

Accessibility statement 

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. 

 

Available Courses 

We provide 2 levels of courses. To decide which level course is for you, please see Foundation or Specialist? How to choose a course 

Foundation level training 

Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we have adapted our Idva Foundation training to be delivered entirely online. The new format offers the same learning outcomes with excellent learner feedback. 

Awards available: OCNLR Level 3 in Domestic Abuse: Prevention and Intervention 

Format: 12-day online training delivered in 4 blocks of 3 days (Please see available times below)  

Assessment: Written assignments 

Price:£2,400 per learner 

Subsidies:We're pleased to be offering subsidised places per course. 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.  

  • Subsidised (£1950) - Learners from registered charities with an annual income of less than £1million.  

  • Super Subsidised (£950) - Learners from registered charities with an annual income of less than £500,000.  

Application process:  

  • The application links will be available on our website via the following link from 12:00 21 July 2021 to 12:00 28 July 2021 

  • In an effort to increase the accessibility of our Idva course, applications will no longer be selected on a “first come first served” basis. The application will be open for one week and following that, the Lead Trainer will review each individual application to check eligibility. If the course is oversubscribed, we will randomly select successful learners. We encourage you to be very detailed on your application as this information will form the basis of the decision. 

  • On the application we will ask you to confirm which course(s) you are available for.  Please tick only the course(s) you are 100% free for as we will allocate spaces based on your answers. It will not be possible to swap course down the line.  

  • The result will be emailed to you on 12 August 2021.  

We are only offering online training on this cohort, to keep updated on our next scheduled Foundation courses, pleaseregister your interest if you haven’t done so already.  

Timing:  

We are pleased to offer 3 sets of dates for Autumn 2021:  

Course Code: CC21D 

Platform: Zoom 

Time: 09:30 – 16:00  

Block 1: 05/10/2021 – 07/10/2021 

Block 2: 09/11/2021 – 11/11/2021 

Block 3: 14/12/2021 – 16/12/2021 

Block 4: 18/01/2022 – 20/01/2022 

Course closure date: 24/05/2022 

Course code: CC21E 

Platform: Zoom 

Time: 09:30 – 16:00  

Block 1: 19/10/2021 – 21/10/2021 

Block 2: 30/11/2021 – 02/12/2021 

Block 3: 11/01/2022 – 13/01/2022 

Block 4: 22/02/2022 – 24/02/2022 

Course closure date: 26/06/2022 

Course code: CC21F 

Platform: Zoom 

Time: 09:30 – 16:00  

Block 1: 02/11/2021 – 04/11/2021  

Block 2: 07/12/2021 – 09/12/2021 

Block 3: 18/01/2022 – 20/01/2022 

Block 4: 01/03/2022 – 03/03/2022 

Course closure date: 05/07/2022 

Application is now closed.

Please see below if you are a VAWDASV professional based in Wales. 

More courses for Wales-based practitioners 

 SafeLives are pleased to offer 2 fully-funded Idva courses (48 spaces) to Wales-based practitioners this Autumn. 

These courses are offered as part of the Welsh Government’s commitment to the ongoing implementation of the National Training Framework for Wales on violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence. Please note that ONLY VAWDASV practitioners are eligible.  

CC21W2 – For Wales based practitioners exclusively  

Platform: Zoom 

Time: 09:30 – 16:00  

Block 1: 21/09/21 - 23/09/2021 

Block 2: 19/10/21 – 21/10/2021 

Block 3: 16/11/21 – 18/11/2021  

Block 4: 14/12/21 – 16/12/2021 

Closure date: 19/04/2022 

CC21W3 – For Wales based practitioners exclusively 

Platform: Zoom 

Time: 09:30 – 16:00  

Block 1: 09/11/2021 – 11/11/2021 

Block 2: 07/12/2021 – 09/12/2021 

Block 3: 11/01/2022 – 13/01/2022 

Block 4: 08/02/2022 - 10/02/2022 

Closure date: 14/06/2022 

Application is now closed.

 

Specialist level training 

Price: £795 

Subsidies:We're pleased to be offering subsidised places per course. 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.  

  • Subsidised (£550) - Learners from registered charities with an annual income of less than £1million.  

  • Super Subsidised (£300) - Learners from registered charities with an annual income of less than £500,000.  

Our four-day Idva Specialist 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 

No course schedule yet, to keep updated on our next scheduled Specialist courses, pleaseregister your interest. 

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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