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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 


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 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 Naomi for a registration form: [email protected]


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 Non-Member Voluntary Sector Organisations.
£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.


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.

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

The Survivors Trust Member Agencies – £500 + expenses for 2 trainers

Non-Member Agencies – £850 + expenses

Individuals – £60 including buffet lunch

Times and dates

The workshops will begin at 10.00 am and conclude at 16.30pm. Dates are to be decided upon booking.


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.


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.

To book or for more information

To book a date or for more information please contact Sarah on:

Tel:    01788 550554

Email:   [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.

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 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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