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Training and Prevention

Our training and prevention programme is informed by our over 32 year history of providing specialist sexual violence services in London and delivered by accredited front-line support practitioners.

Our training service is here to support your work in meeting the needs of survivors both accessing your organisation and within your organisation. We have delivered specialist sexual violence training to professionals across health, social care, education, youth, housing and the criminal justice system across the country. Any funds generated from our training delivery go directly back into providing front-line services for survivors. This means that alongside developing your own and organisational response to sexual violence, you’re contributing to more survivors themselves being able to access specialist support such as therapy and advocacy.

To talk about your training and prevention needs, please call 0208 683 3311 or email training.coordinator@rasasc.org.uk  

Our training is:

  • Practice-based and informed by our front-line work: All of our trainers are front-line practitioners who are experienced in supporting female survivors of sexual violence and hold an in-depth knowledge and expertise of sexual violence. Rape Crisis Centres such as ours hold practice based evidence and use this, combined with research, to ensure our training reflects the reality of sexual violence and the experiences and needs of survivors.
  • Bespoke: We work with you to ensure all of your training needs are met and you are able to deliver the quality service to survivors that they deserve.
  • Competitively priced: Full day training delivered in-house to up to 20 participants is as low as £882. Contact us for a price list.
  • Multifaceted: Training themes include rape, childhood sexual abuse, survival and coping responses, the Criminal Justice System and support and information for responding to disclosures.
  • Certificated and can count towards practitioners continued professional development.

We take a gendered and intersectional approach to sexual violence training and prevention, located within a framework of violence against women and girls and rooted within our best practice model of empowerment. We believe survivors of sexual violence deserve support and understanding from any and all agencies they access. To support this we offer tailored specialist training packages in all aspects of sexual violence to both statutory and voluntary agencies as well as private companies.

We provide a range of training to all professionals, challenging the myths around rape and childhood sexual abuse, developing an understanding of  the impacts of sexual violence and best practice in responding to disclosures. Training can range from an hour awareness session on definitions and referrals, to a half or full day in-depth course. We are often able to offer courses for free to agencies working in any of the South London boroughs, please contact us to see if we still have funding to work in your area.

We also believe in primary prevention and that taking the time to talk openly and honestly to young people about topics such as gender stereotypes, sexual violence myths and consent can empower them to challenge the attitudes and beliefs that support sexual violence.

With this in mind we have developed a series of workshops for young people aimed at building self esteem and self awareness as well as challenging the myths of sexual violence & encouraging young people to adopt a critical perspective on body image & gender roles. Where funding permits, our young people’s workshops are offered free to any school/youth venue in any of the South London boroughs. Please get in touch to find out if we still have funding to work in your borough. Alternatively all training is available at low-cost.

In addition, the demand for placing prevention and youth education at the core of ending violence against women and girls has lead us to developing a specialised training for education and youth professionals interested in working with young people to prevent sexual violence. In a full days training we;

  • explore the gendered ways in which boys and girls are experiencing violence and abuse
  • develop a deeper understanding of how rape, sexual assault and consent are defined in law
  • develop an awareness of the impacts of sexual violence on children and young people
  • gain an awareness of a whole-school/organisation approach to preventing sexual violence
  • develop a model of best practice in responding to disclosures of sexual violence, including how to refer to specialist support services

This is a full day training which can also be offered free of charge to any schools and colleges within South London where funding permits.

Accredited 12 week training:

We also deliver an accredited Open College Network London Region 12 week training course entitled: Introductory Skills to Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence. The course consists of 3 units and is the equivalent of 9 credits or an ‘A’ level.  The full course is offered for free to all volunteers on our helpline in return for a volunteering commitment of one year. Variations of the course can run for other agencies and individual counsellors interested in receiving specialist sexual violence training.  Charges will be given on application.

 

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