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The Survivors Trust Specialist Training for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser Practitioners

Living with the consequences of rape and sexual abuse can be devastating. Here at the TST we believe that all survivors are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report.

Our training is underpinned by a wealth of knowledge that comes from our vast experience of supporting specialist agencies, working with survivors, volunteers and professionals as well as working collaboratively with key government departments and NGOs to establish positive working practices that puts survivors at the centre of their work.

Previous students have said:

“Absolutely amazing training, I’ve learnt so much and now I’m looking forward to putting my knowledge into practice. Everyone should do this training”

“Overall an excellent course, very glad I attended and met Linda and Clare”

“Trainers worked fantastically together. Very balanced and informative. The information was delivered in an easy to understand way”

Course Dates 2019
Session 1 Foundation Skills and Knowledge for ISVAs 30th & 31st Jan
 Session 2 Planning and Protection  6th & 7th March 
Session 3 Effective Partnerships 3rd & 4th April 
Session 4 Communication, Diversity and Equality 8th & 9th May 
Session 5 ISVAs in Action – Court and Beyond 12th & 13th June 


Course Dates 2019/20
Session 1 Foundation Skills and Knowledge for ISVAs 18th & 19th September
Session 2 Planning and Protection 16th & 17th October
Session 3 Effective Partnerships 13th & 14th November
Session 4 Communication, Diversity and Equality 11th & 12th December
Session 5 ISVAs in Action – Court and Beyond 15th & 18th January

The above dates have been arranged for delivery of the ISVA Training Course, and we will make every attempt to adhere to these.  However, these may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.

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;
  1. 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 awareness of criminal justice processes, partnership working and inter-agency work on sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse;
  1. To promote and work on the principle that this Programme is recognised nationally for practice for working with sexual violence and abuse issues;
  1. To ensure all victims of sexual crime gain appropriate care and provision to help towards the recovery process.

For more information or to register please contact [email protected] 


The Survivors Trust ISVA Service Manager Training Programme

2019 Course dates:

Session 1 – 1st October
Session 2 – 19th November

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 Non-Member Voluntary Sector Organisations or individuals
£600 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 Linda Lewis on 01788 50554 or 07802 695 818 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.

On completion of training and coursework an OCN accredited certificate will be awarded to candidates.

For more information or to register please contact [email protected] 


Pre-trial Therapy and Legal Issues for Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling and Support

In 1998 ‘Speaking Up for Justice’, Section 28, established that vulnerable and intimidated witnesses should not be denied the emotional support and counselling they may need before and after a trial.  Furthermore the decision to offer counselling and support should be based on the needs of the victim.   However, despite this, many vulnerable witnesses have been denied access to pre-trial therapy and emotional support on the grounds that it may affect the quality of their evidence or that their evidence may be considered contaminated and the case would fold.

Many agencies and also individual counsellors express concerns that they are unsure of the guidelines around provision of pre-trial therapy and how they can work safely and appropriately with victims who are also going to be giving evidence in court as witnesses.

The Survivors Trust recognises that having an understanding and ability to work with the legal issues inherent to working in the Sexual Violence Sector is essential.  This has been further highlighted by the Home Office restating the need for victims of rape and sexual abuse to have access to appropriate counselling and support prior to and during a court case.

A previous student:

‘Thank you for a very full and informative training day on Pre-Trial Therapy. I found the day safe and respectful and gained considerable insight by your delivery of the material and sharing your knowledge. It helped in my continued building of confidence as I return as a practitioner.’

Workshop aims

The Survivors Trust one day training workshop will enable participants to develop their understanding of issues involved in working with victims/survivors of sexual violence and their ability to work appropriately and in accordance with legal requirements.

Workshops will cover:

  • Reporting
  • The Law in relation to sexual abuse offences
  • Victim Personal Statements
  • Providing therapy for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses
  • Vicarious/secondary trauma
  • Legal protection for Victims/witnesses
  • Notes/records
  • Confidentiality and information sharing
  • Responding to court orders
  • Court appearance of counsellor
  • Post CJS/Post trial issues
  • Impact of legal processes on the counselling relationship

Cost per workshop

Individuals attending workshop dates in Rugby – £80 including buffet lunch

We can deliver this training at your offices or a venue to suit you-

The Survivors Trust Member Agencies – £750 + expenses

Non-Member Agencies – £850 + expenses



Fay Maxted is CEO of The Survivors Trust and has worked in the voluntary sector for the past 17 years.   Fay has significant experience in managing and developing counselling services having originally worked as Project Manager for a rape and sexual abuse counselling and support service.  Her work with The Survivors Trust includes membership of a range of advisory groups and committees including Home Office and Department of Health Expert and Consultation Groups and the Association of Chief Police Officers Rape Working Group.    In her role as CEO of The Survivors Trust, Fay has overseen the development of specialist training for Independent Sexual Violence Adviser Practitioners and Managers and contributed to the development of Skills for Justice national occupational standards for Independent Sexual Violence Advisers.


Linda Lewis is an accredited Relationships and Sex Education Training provider and in addition to this has more than 6 years’ experience of providing accredited specialist training to staff and volunteers who support survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. In her previous role as a Service Manager she acquired first-hand experience of developing a variety of services to reflect the needs of survivors (male, female, young people and children from the age of 5) who have experienced the impact of rape trauma, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse. She is passionate about services being person-centred to meet the needs of vulnerable survivors and their family members.

During her career she has worked in partnership with local authority agencies and charities both locally and nationally. Linda has provided advice to a number of panels administered by the Home Office, NHS England, The National Occupation Standards (NOS) and The Crown Prosecution Service. She represents The Survivors Trust as one of the founder members in creating the National Sexual Violence Awareness Week.


Your place or ours!  If you would like us to come to your area and are able to provide the venue and up to 20 participants, contact Sarah on 01788 550554 or email [email protected] to reserve a date.

Alternatively,  we will be delivering the workshops from our premises in Rugby. Please contact Sarah to register.

Previous learners have told us:

Lots of information covered and numerous handouts to refer back to. Really interesting and informative”

“What I liked most is that I felt comfortable asking questions. I don’t work as an ISVA but everything talked about was jargon free and I understood every piece of training material”

“Fabulous trainers. Lots of info and confident if I have any further questions I can ring the trainers”

“Such a lot of useful information, great collection of materials to take back!”

To book or for more information

For more information or to register please contact [email protected] 


Understand How Rape and Childhood Sexual Abuse Affects Male Survivors and How to Meet their Needs with Service Delivery

Course Objectives:

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

  • Reflect on own attitudes and beliefs when working with male survivors.
  • Understand how rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse impacts male survivors and their loved ones.
  • Recognise the barriers male survivors face when considering disclosure.
  • Know the key principles on how to respond to a disclosure from a male survivor.
  • Know what services are available to signpost or refer male survivors for ongoing support.


Cost: £65 per person

Please bring a packed lunch with you on the day as lunch is not provided. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

This workshop can also be delivered at your office as a bespoke programme to cater to the needs of your agency.

The Survivors Trust Member Agencies – £750 + expenses

Non-Member Agencies – £850 + expenses

Previous learners have told us:

“We really enjoyed the training (though perhaps ‘enjoyed’ is the wrong word to use! – it was very thought-provoking and moving). It also provided us with a lot of food for thought about how best to update our website and promotional materials to ensure that male survivors feel thoroughly included and welcomed at every stage of the process”.

“This was excellent training – it gave me a good insight into the issues”

“What I liked most about this workshop was the interactive exercises we did as well as the amount of information we gained”

“This was so informative with a very honest portrayal of victims experiences”

“This difficult topic was discussed in a sensitive, yet engaging way”

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

[email protected]   MOB: 07712 525 475

For more information or to register please contact [email protected] 


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.


Previous learners have told us:

Interactive, real and survivors at the heart of it – how it should be!”

“Information on DID/PTSD etc given will help inform clinical decision making in future. Really approachable presenters, and knowledgeable”

What I enjoyed most were the discussions and knowledge of trainers”


For more information or to register please contact [email protected] 

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

[email protected]   MOB: 07712 525 475


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