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Trauma-informed training for ISVAs and managers in the north 
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Trauma-informed training for ISVAs and managers in the north 

5 March, 2024
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IDAS are pleased to have secured funding from the Ministry of Justice in order to deliver trauma-informed training to those who support survivors of sexual violence. 

IDAS has formed the Northern Training Consortium (NTC) in partnership with reputed northern VAWG organisations My Sister’s Place, Manchester Women’s Aid, The Halo Project, Leeds Women’s Aid and Wearside Women in Need. This collaborative project will benefit from the shared expertise of organisations who play a pivotal role in tackling violence against women and girls. The Consortium will jointly create this training project to train 400 ISVAs and 60 Managers throughout the life of the project.    

Together with our sister organisations, we will be delivering a programme of training sessions for ISVAs and service managers aiming to raise awareness of trauma-informed working. This investment in the North will provide vital training for frontline workers to equip them with the tools to recognise and respond to trauma in survivors of sexual violence, and provide managers with best practice for embedding trauma-informed working across their teams. 

Training commenced in February 2024, and the project will run until March 2025. There is a wide range of learning opportunities available, from two-day and half-day training sessions, to bite-size webinars and networking sessions. Training topics include supporting older survivors and minoritised victims, professional boundaries and self-care, principles of trauma-informed working and supporting clients with additional learning needs.  

View all upcoming training dates here. 

We are pleased to offer such a broad range of subject matter, and participants are benefiting from the expertise of organisations who are leaders in their field. In the first two weeks of delivery, we have trained over 50 professionals, all of whom say they would recommend the training and rated it ‘Very good’ or ‘Excellent’.  

Feedback from trainees so far includes: 

“The course was fantastic, well delivered with lots of information. I felt comfortable to ask plenty of questions. Thank you!” (Trauma Informed Training for ISVAs, My Sister’s Place) 

“This is such valuable training, and a topic I will be using in my day-to-day practice.” (Trauma Informed Training for ISVAs, My Sister’s Place) 

“Fantastic presenters and engaging content. Very informative and will positively impact my practice.” (Professional Boundaries and Self-Care, Manchester Women’s Aid) 

“Thank you so much for training that was delivered with compassion and empathy for people who do this kind of work.” (Professional Boundaries and Self-Care, Manchester Women’s Aid) 

“The course was brilliant!” (Institutional Advocacy for Survivors of Sexual Abuse, IDAS) 

Training will be proceeding for the next year, and we would love to see as many professionals from the north as possible attending these sessions. So far, all sessions have been fully booked and we would love to see that continue. Please register for any sessions which may be appropriate for you, and spread the word amongst your colleagues and networks so that we can improve the support offered to survivors of sexual violence, together. 

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