Advanced Domestic & Sexual Abuse Training Course

This Domestic Abuse training course helps people who work with children and their families to understand what domestic abuse is, how it may begin, who perpetrates abuse, and how to identify when it may be happening. The course outlines the impact that domestic abuse has on victims and children, and assists learners to understand how to respond appropriately to their concerns. 

Multi-agency training on domestic abuse and sexual violence is available to anyone who works with vulnerable people, children and their families in Cumbria. 

Participants must have completed the Domestic Abuse Training eLearning before being accepted on this course.

The learning objectives for the course are;

  • Refresh professionals’ understanding of Domestic Abuse and Violence, Sexual Assault and Abuse, including updating their knowledge of current legislation and prevalence, and the interrelationship between the two forms of abuse.

  • Understand professionals’ responsibilities in relation to these forms of abuse and assault.

  • Understand myths and preconceptions about these types of abuse and assault and how that can provide a barrier to people coming forward for help, or to professionals working effectively to prevent further harm. Gain confidence in responding to and challenging myths.

  • Develop an understanding of the less obvious signs and symptoms of these types of abuse and assault so that they can help to ensure they do not get missed.

  • Develop an understanding of the impact of sexual and domestic abuse and assault on adults, both short and longer-term.

  • Develop an understanding of the impact of sexual abuse/assault on children and young people, both short and longer-term.

  • Consider your own response to those who may disclose.

  • Gain confidence in dealing with disclosure.

  • Understand the importance of effective risk assessment and how to do it, learning from serious case reviews.

  • Understand effective Information Sharing processes in this context.

  • Understand specialist support services available, their benefits for your service user and referral pathway.

  • Develop an understanding and gain confidence in supporting a service user who has experienced domestic abuse or sexual assault/ abuse in an appropriate way, alongside specialist services. This includes confidence in discussing domestic abuse and sexual assault with a service user and understanding the level of involvement which is appropriate and not appropriate for your role.

Duration: 3 hours

Cost: Courses are provided free of charge to non-profit making organisations and CSCP member organisations.  

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To book your place on this course please

The course booking process for all Cumbria County Council staff members has changed to self-service, resulting in staff booking their own courses through MyHR. Full guidance is available through links on InTouch and access to user guides are also available. As a result of these changes the booking process has become fully automated and confirmation and venue information (previously joining instructions) will be communicated through emails to both individuals and managers. Where a user does not have access to MyHR, then it will be the responsibility of their line manager to book them on the course.

Booking process for non-Cumbria County Council staff members including schools, please complete a BOOKING FORMthis external link will open in a new window and return to:

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