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TST Accredited Training for ISVAs & ISVA Services

Please find below details of TST Workshops and Accredited Training Programmes.

If you are interested in knowing about future TST ISVA practitioner training courses, please contact Sarah at [email protected] to be added to the ISVA info circulation list.

The Survivors Trust Accredited Training for ISVA Practitioners

Course Dates 
Session 1 Foundation Skills and Knowledge for ISVAs 21st and 22nd September 2017
Session 2 Planning and Protection  12th and 13th October 2017
Session 3 Effective Partnerships 16th and 17th November 2017
Session 4 Communication, Diversity and Equality 14th and 15th December 2017
Session 5 ISVAs in Action – Court and Beyond 18th and 19th January 2018

The aims of the ISVA Practitioner Programme are:

  1. To provide high quality training specific to the role of ISVA working with rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse and childhood sexual abuse;
  2. To equip ISVA practitioners with the information and skills they need to work effectively for and on behalf of their clients and to provide a clear understanding of the role of an ISVA including partnership working and inter-agency work on sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse;
  3. To promote and work on the principle that this Programme is recognised nationally for practice working with sexual violence and abuse issues;
  4. To ensure all victims of sexual crime gain appropriate care and provision to help towards the recovery process.

Course Costs:

£1,900 for The Survivors Trust Member Organisations.
£2,000 for Voluntary Sector Organisations.
£2,000 for Statutory Sector Sexual Violence Service .

ISVA Entry Requirements:

Participation in this course will involve use of IT and internet systems, including Word, Excel and Internet Explorer. If this will pose any difficulties, please contact Linda Lewis on 01788 550554 or email [email protected] to discuss.

Acceptance on the ISVA Training Programme is conditional upon participants being supported to attend the course by the organisation they are employed by.


The Survivors Trust ISVA Service Manager Training Programme

Course Dates:

11th October and 29th November 2017

The ISVA Training Programme covers the following elements:

  1. Understanding rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse with reference to human rights and gender based violence;
  2. Operational and legal requirements for delivering ISVA services;
  3. The roles and responsibilities of Independent Sexual Violence Advisers;
  4. Legal and procedural issues relating to sexual crimes;
  5. Risk and needs assessments;
  6. Multi-agency and partnership working.

Course Costs:

£500 for The Survivors Trust Member Organisations.
£550 for Voluntary Sector Organisations.
£580 for Statutory Sector Sexual Violence Service .

Entry Requirements:

Participation in this course will involve use of IT and internet systems, including Word, Excel and Internet Explorer.   If this will pose any difficulties, please contact Fay Maxted on 01788 50554 to discuss.

Places are limited per course.  If the course is oversubscribed, preference will be given to applicants from The Survivors Trust and Rape Crisis England and Wales member organisations who are currently working as ISVA Service Managers.  The Survivors Trust reserves the right to allocate places.

Please note that it is the individual student that is registered as a learner and not the organisation.


Establishing an ISVA Service The Survivors Trust Accredited Training

Did you know ISVA Services don’t have to be government funded?
Agencies that set up ISVA Services report improved partnership working with local statutory services and increased opportunities for funding from local authorities, police and health.

Establishing an effective ISVA Service is not an easy achievement. There are many challenges to overcome and some hidden difficulties that only time and experience can reveal. This training is a must for any agency/individual wanting to develop an ISVA Service.

Providing institutional advocacy and support for victims of sexual violence is challenging and demanding – sometimes exhausting, but ultimately rewarding. ISVA service delivery demands a supportive working environment that will encourage self-reflection and self-care alongside robust safeguarding procedures and knowledge of legal processes. Recruitment and retention processes are vitally important, and sometimes performance has to be managed to ensure safe practice. Finally, the service must be able to demonstrate effective outcomes for clients and stakeholders. Partnership working is crucial – service level agreements and referral pathways are essential cornerstones for ensuring the service successfully and professionally meets the needs of victims/survivors.


Understanding Rape and Childhood Sexual Abuse

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course students will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse.
  • Recognise how these crimes impact on victims-survivors and their loved ones.
  • Understand how society perceives rape and sexual abuse.
  • Know where to signpost or refer victims-survivors for support.
  • Know the basic principles on how to respond to a disclosure.
  • Recognise the importance of self-care when working with trauma.

Topics Covered:

  • History of Rape and Sexual Violence Services
  • Gender & Social Roles and how it Influences Society’s Perception of Rape and Sexual Abuse
  • The Impact of Rape and Sexual Abuse on Men, Women and Young People
  • How to Respond to a Disclosure of Rape or Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • How to Work Safely with Trauma by Incorporating the Principles of Self-Care

The course is delivered using a variety of material and methods to include:

Handouts, Group Discussions, Group Exercises, PowerPoint Presentations, Case Studies and Reflection.

Length of Course: 1-day


Training Times (these timings are approximate and may alter slightly on the day)

Registration & Refreshments: 09:15

Training Commences: 09:30

Lunch: 13:00

Afternoon Session: 13:45

Training Concludes: 16:30

Cost: £65 per person

Please note the above cost does not include travel expenses and/or cost for hotel accommodation.

Please bring a packed lunch with you on the day as lunch is not provided.

Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

This accredited training is suitable for anyone who works directly or indirectly with victims-survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse. The course content will provide you with a good understanding of the key issues relating to this subject matter. A TST Certificate will be awarded on completion of the training.

Delegates may include staff and volunteers who currently work within the rape and sexual abuse support sector or anyone looking to develop their knowledge and understanding of this topic for research, awareness and/or career development purposes.

There will be no graphic material used to depict scenes of rape or sexual abuse in the content of this course; however video and audio material of real survivor experiences may be used.

Course Dates

P1 – Wednesday, 24th May 2017

P2 – Saturday, 24th June 2017

P3 – Wednesday, 6th September 2017

These dates will only run if a sufficient number of delegates apply for each course.


Naomi Harrison, Admin & Development Worker if you would like to subscribe to this training

EMAIL –    [email protected]

If you would like to discuss the training content then please contact the Training & Development Manager, Linda Lewis

EMAIL – [email protected]   MOB: 07712 525 475


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