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Free Workshops for ISVAs

We are pleased to now offer a new range of free one-day, online, workshops specifically designed for qualified ISVAs (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor). Details of the current workshop topics and how to book are outlined below.
If the workshop you’re interested in is fully booked, please drop us an email so we can add you to the waiting list in the event that more workshops are added or there are any cancellations.
We accept any attendees with ISVA qualifications of level 3 or above. Please get in touch if you are unsure about whether the training is suitable for you, by emailing us at isvaproject@thesurvivorstrust.org
Please be aware, we operate a ‘3-strikes’ policy for these training sessions as the spaces are in high demand. If you do not attend 3 booked sessions, any further bookings will be canceled and you will not be able to register for any future training sessions. Please try to give us at least 48 hours notice if you cannot attend, where possible, so we can give the place to someone on our waiting list.
LGBT+ Experiences of Sexual Violence – Galop

This free, virtual, 3-hour workshop is for qualified ISVAs.

*Please note, due to anticipated high demand and a limited run, the Galop training places are limited to 2 attendees per organisation. Please check with your colleagues before booking.*

This workshop is in partnership with Galop, a UK-wide charity providing LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence with support and advocacy for over 40 years. Galop training aims to help people understand the intersectional challenges faced by LGBT+ survivors of abuse, see the key role you can play in reducing barriers to speaking out, collaboratively build actions and gain invaluable best practices skills relevant to your work. 

This session will offer increased knowledge in:

  • LGBT+ identities/terminology and communication
  • LGBT+ sexual violence experiences
  • Barriers in access to services
  • Myths, stereotypes, and consent
  • Sexual Violence Impacts in an LGBT+ context
  • Best practices in LGBT+ affirmative sexual violence support 
    Dates:
  • 08/07/2024
  • 27/11/2024
  • 10/02/2025 
Wellbeing Workshops – Lisa Ward

These free, virtual, 2.5-hour workshops are for qualified ISVAs. 

These four trainings are offered in partnership with Lisa Ward. Lisa Ward has worked within the sexual violence sector since 2010, both as a helpline and training coordinator and a CEO. She has experience of managing ISVA projects and supporting teams to embed wellbeing in their work. She is passionate about supporting those who work in the sector, and embedding lived experience within organisations.

Wellbeing 101

This session explores self-care and collective care and what we can do to look after ourselves and others. It will enable participants to reflect on how they can improve wellbeing and care out space for themselves.

It is open to any qualified ISVA.

    Dates:
  • 29/05/2024
  • 01/10/2024 
  • 15/01/2025
Wellbeing within Sexual Violence Work

This session explores vicarious trauma and the impact of trauma on our brain. It will help participants consider the reactions of themselves and others and how to ground themselves when the work gets tough.

It is open to any qualified ISVA.

    Dates:
  • 05/06/2024
  • 29/10/2024 
  • 04/02/2024
Wellbeing and the Criminal Justice System

This session will explore wellbeing when working in the CJS and how these systems impact on our wellbeing.

It is open to any qualified ISVA.

    Dates:
  • 10/07/2024
  • 05/11/2024
  • 18/03/2025
Wellbeing for ISVA Managers

This session looks at the challenges that those who both carry and caseload and support other members of their team have, and how we can embed wellbeing into these roles.

It is open to any qualified ISVA working in a management role. 

    Dates:
  • 16/09/2024
  • 03/12/2024 
Abuse in a Religious/Spiritual Setting – Migdal Emunah & Safe Spaces

This free, virtual, 3-hour workshop is for qualified ISVAs.

This workshop is in partnership with Migdal Emunah and Safe Spaces.  Both of these charities support survivors where abuse has taken place in a religious setting.

Migdal Emunah is a support service for Jewish children, women, and men who have experienced sexual abuse. Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal, and safe space for anyone who has been abused by someone in the Church or as a result of their relationship with the Church of England, Church of Wales, and the Catholic Church in England and Wales.

This is an interactive workshop which will equip ISVAs to better understand the needs of people who have been abused in a religious setting, discussing current issues and what resources are available to survivors.

    Dates:
  • 22/05/2024
  • 12/11/2024
  • 06/02/2025 

Fully Booked

Centre for Women’s Justice Workshops

These free, virtual, 1.5-hour workshops are for qualified ISVAs. 

These will be larger sized workshops than our other sessions – if you have any accessibility requirements, please contact our project team via email at isvaproject@thesurvivorstrust.org

These three trainings are offered in partnership with Centre for Women’s Justice and will look at three separate areas identified to help support advocates navigating the criminal Justice system with survivors:

Victims Right to Review

This session will give an overview of the VRR scheme; how it should be used, timeframes, and possible outcomes.

    Dates:
  • 14/05/2024
  • 21/05/2024 
Not Available (Dates Passed)
Police Complaints

This session will give an overview of police complaints relating to sexual violence and abuse.

    Dates:
  • 21/06/2024 

Fully Booked

Merits-Based Approach and Suspect-Focused Investigations

This session will looks at so called “rape myths”, suspect focused investigation, what is a lawful request, and reasonable lines of enquiry.

    Dates:
  • 18/06/2024
  • 23/09/2024 
Child Sexual Exploitation – Safe and Sound

This free, virtual, 2.5-hour workshop is for qualified ISVAs. 

This workshop is delivered by Safe and Sound, who provide high-quality tailored one-to-one support to victims and young people at risk of exploitation in Derby and Derbyshire. 

The workshop will offer ISVAs a background in Child Sexual Exploitation. It will cover a practical approach to supporting children who have been sexually exploited, as well as current trends and issues in this field.

    Dates:
  • 24/04/2024
  • 07/11/2024
  • 16/01/2025 

Fully Booked

Supporting a Person with a Learning Disability (CPD-accredited)

This free, virtual, one-day workshop is for qualified ISVAs. The training has been co-developed alongside survivors and people with lived experience.

You will learn how to:

  • Understand the support needs of people with a learning disability.
  • Understand how learning disabilities can affect accessing ISVA support and engagement with the criminal justice system.
  • Know where to signpost or refer to for additional learning disability support.
  • Understand how to support complex needs victims and survivors.
  • Recognise the importance of self-care when working with trauma.

 

Guest Speakers

We have guest speakers from Respond and Talkback. Respond is a national charity that provides therapy and specialist support services to people with learning disabilities, autism or both who have experienced abuse, violence                                          or trauma. Talkback is a charity that offers autism and learning disability services to people,                                                      providing the opportunity for continued personal development.

    Dates:
  • 05/03/2024
  • 25/06/2024
  • 22/10/2024 
  • 28/02/2025

Fully Booked

Supporting a Person with a Mental Health Disability (CPD-accredited)

This free, virtual, one-day workshop is for qualified ISVAs. The training has been co-developed alongside survivors and people with lived experience.

You will learn how to:

  • Understand the support needs of people with mental health disabilities
  • Understand how mental health difficulties effect accessing ISVA support and reporting crimes to the police
  • Understand the Mental Health Capacity Act
  • Know where to signpost or refer for mental health support
  • Understand how to support complex needs victims and survivors
  • Recognise the importance of self-care when working with trauma
    Dates:
  • 20/02/2024
  • 04/06/2024
  • 07/10/2024
  • 18/02/2025

Fully Booked

Supporting Sex Workers (CPD-accredited)

This free, virtual, one-day workshop is for qualified ISVAs who support Sex Workers. The training has been co-developed alongside sex workers and people with lived experience of the sex industry.

You will learn how to:

  • Understand the support needs of sex workers
  • Understand how chronic non-engagement effects accessing ISVA support and reporting crimes to the police
  • Recognise current legislation around buying and selling sex in the UK
  • Understand how society perceives sex workers
  • Know where to signpost or refer sex workers for support
  • Understand how to support complex needs victims and survivors
  • Recognise the importance of self-care when working with trauma 
 

Guest Speakers

For this training, we have two guest speakers. Julie Smedley is an experienced ISVA specialising in advocating for clients who are involved in the sex work industry and clients with mental health, drug or alcohol issues. We also have a guest speaker from Support for Student Sex Workers (SFSSW). Support for Student Sex Workers is a confidential peer support organisation that is 100% sex worker-led. They support all sex workers and anyone who identifies with the sex work community. 

    Dates:
  • 27/02/2024
  • 12/06/2024
  • 15/10/2024
  • 21/01/2025

Fully Booked

Please email isvaproject@thesurvivorstrust.org if you have any questions about the workshops or booking forms.