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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 8th and 9th Sept 2016
Session 2 Planning and Protection 6th and 7th Oct 2016
Session 3 Effective Partnerships 8th and 9th Dec 2016
Session 4 Communication, Diversity and Equality 19th and 20th Jan 2017
Session 5 ISVAs in Action – Court and Beyond 23rd and 24th Feb 2017

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.

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The Survivors Trust ISVA Service Manager Training Programme

Course Dates:

Please contact Linda Lewis for further information – [email protected]

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.

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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.

New dates will be announced shortly.

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