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Independent domestic violence advisor

 

Idva training for independent domestic abuse advisors

Spring 2022 Applications are now closed -  Please click here to register your interest for the next cohort

Foundation or Specialist level - what course is right for me? 

 

Idva Foundation training details :

Course 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. 

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.   

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

Format: 12-day training delivered in 4 blocks of 3 days 

Delivery Mode:  

  • Online training – this will take place via Zoom  
  • In-room training – locations are to be confirmed depending on learner preference for delivery and government guidance regarding Covid-19 
  • Hybrid training – this will be a combination of online sessions on Zoom and in-room training as above 

Assessment: 4 Written assignments 

Time commitment:  The course comprises 12 days (in-room, online, or hybrid) training, delivered in four blocks; e-learning modules which must be completed prior to attending each block of training; and the completion of four assessed worksheets that are submitted online. The list below provides guidance on recommended study time you should allow: 

  • Guided learning (training blocks, pre-course reading and e-learning modules) - 120 hours 
  • Worksheets - 50 hours 
  • Notional study** - 130 hours 
  • Total course time requirement - 300 hours 

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.  

 

Idva Specialist training details : 

Please click here to register your interest for the next cohort

Course Overview  

A bit more about the course: 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 
  • Anti-racist practice
  • SARC 
  • Stalking 

Awards available: 6 credits

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.  

Eligibility: 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.  For those who haven’t had previous foundation training with SafeLives, the course is accessible as a stand-alone CPD course, but please bear in mind completing this course does not allow to call yourself a qualified Idva. To qualify as an Idva you will need to complete a foundation course.

Accessibility: 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. 

 Important information:

*Accessibility: 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 idva@safelives.org.uk

* Subsidies   We are committed to supporting smaller and specialist services to access our services. To help facilitate this, we offer a fixed number of subsidies (on two tiers) for services with an annual income of less than £1 million (£1950 per learner) and less than £500,000 (£950 per learner).  We will ask you the relevant questions 

 

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