Training and events

Training, e-learning and other events

The Hampshire Domestic Abuse Partnership and some partner agencies offer training to public agency and voluntary sector professionals working within the domestic abuse field.

Webinars and online training

In order to book onto these webinars you will need to login using a training account with the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership. If you have not already registered, create an account, this can be done using the link below:
Delegate Registration

21 June 2023: Responding well to disclosures of domestic abuse

Provided by: Stop Domestic Abuse & HDAP midday to 1pm. Free.

Additional dates: 22 November 2023 midday to 1pm, 28 February 2024 midday to 1pm

Learning outcomes:

  • To develop an understanding of what constitutes domestic abuse
  • To have an understanding of best practice when responding to disclosures of domestic abuse
  • To know what support is available to victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse and how to signpost or refer

21 June 2023: An Introduction to Having Honest Conversations

Provided by: HSCP. 9:30am to 11am. Free

Additional dates: 22 November 2023 1:30pm to 3pm, 31 January 2024 9:30am to 11am

Professionals are required to have honest conversations with parents/carers, children, and other professionals they come in to contact with. It can sometimes be difficult to navigate these conversations, and to convey what you need to say in an understanding and accepting way. This course is an introduction to navigating these dialogues and is open to all professionals and volunteers working with Hampshire’s children.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learn about the existing barriers to having honest conversations
  • Understand the possible consequences of not having honest conversations
  • Understand how planning honest conversations in advance can support outcomes

5 July 2023: An Introduction to Stalking and Cyber Stalking

Provided by: HSCP. 9:30am to 11am. Free

Additional date: 27 March 2024 1:30pm to 3pm

This session will introduce delegates to stalking behaviours, equipping participants with the knowledge and tools needed to provide initial support and signposting to victims. It is available to all Hampshire professionals working with children and their families.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the difference between domestic violence, harassment and stalking
  • Identify stalking behaviours (both online and offline) and how these are often interlinked
  • Develop the skills to provide effective initial support to victims, including digital and safety advice
  • Discover the services that are available to victims of stalking locally and how to refer them for specialist support

19 July 2023: An introduction to recognising and responding to perpetrators of domestic abuse

Provided by: HSCP & The Hampton Trust. Time: 9:30am to 11am. Free.

Additional dates: 22 November 2023 9:30am to 11am, 27 March 2024 7pm to 8:30pm

This course provides an overview of how to recognise and respond to domestic abuse perpetrators. It will help professionals identify the signs that someone might be a perpetrator – what might they say and what behaviours might they exhibit. It will also assist professionals to understand their responsibilities and what constitutes a safe response to the suspicion that someone they encounter in their practice is a domestic abuse perpetrator. All professionals and volunteers working with children and young people in Hampshire may join this free course to improve their knowledge and confidence.

Learning objectives:

  • To enable professionals to know how to identify perpetrators and respond to disclosures or suspicions of abusive behaviour
  • To give participants an introduction to motivational interviewing, trauma informed practice and rolling with resistance
  • To have an awareness of specialist support available to perpetrators of domestic abuse and referral pathways

19 July 2023: An Introduction to Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence (CPV/APV)

Provided by: HSCP. Time: 1:30pm to 3pm. Free.

Additional date: 22 November 2023 7pm to 8:30pm

This introduction to 'child to parent' and 'adolescent to parent' violence will assist professionals to develop their understanding, assess potential impact and explore support mechanisms. The course is available to all professionals working with children and young people, including schools, nurseries, health colleagues and social worker/family support workers.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand what constitutes child to parent violence/adolescent to parent abuse and how they link to domestic abuse.
  • Understand how to respond and support the parent and child who are living with CPV/APV and abuse, including acknowledgement of the difficulties parents face in reporting CPV/ APV
  • Develop an awareness of the impact of APV on the parent and CYP.
  • Recognise the links between ACEs and CPV/APV
  • Be aware of sources of support and how to signpost to support.

20 September 2023: Harmful Cultural Practices - An Introduction to Female Genital Mutilation

Provided by: HSCP. Time: 9:30am to 11am Free

Additional date: 13 March 2024 09:30-11:00

This introductory course, available to all Hampshire professionals and volunteers working with children and young people, is part of a series of courses examining harmful practices. It will discuss the different types of Female Genital Mutilation, who might perform it and how girls are subjected to it, how to identify those that maybe at risk - the warning signs - and what to do if you are worried about a child or young person.

Learning outcomes:

  • Increase your knowledge and understanding on FGM, including the types of FGM and why/how its performed
  • Improve your understanding of the prevalence of FGM, including locally within Hampshire areas
  • Gain an understanding into the legal frameworks on FGM • Gain an understanding into your roles and responsibilities in relation to FGM
  • Identify who is ‘at risk’ of FGM
  • Understand the key health risks and consequences of FGM
  • Reinforcing the local referral procedure within Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton

27 September 2023: Harmful Practices - An Introduction to Honour Based Abuse (HBA), Forced Marriage (FM) and Dowry

Provided by HSCP. 9:30am to 11am. Free.

Additional date: 20 March 2024 9:30am to 11am-11:00

This introductory course, available to all Hampshire professionals and volunteers working with children and young people, is part of a series of courses examining harmful practices. It will help develop professional knowledge and seek to answer questions about what constitutes ‘Honour’ Based Abuse; the difference between arranged and forced marriage; the prevalence of this type of abuse; the communities it can affect; early signs and indicators and available support.

Learning outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding of issues around Honour Based Abuse (HBA), Forced Marriage (FM) and Dowry
  • Learn how to recognise signs of HBA and FM
  • Learn to understand laws and reporting duties
  • Learn to recognise the importance of the “One Chance Rule”
  • To know of existing protections and where to get help

15 November 2023: Post Separation Abuse – Using the Courts and Child Contact Arrangements

Provided by HSCP 7pm to 8:30pm. Free.

Domestic abuse and coercive control can continue and even escalate after a relationship has ended. This course seeks to introduce Hampshire professionals to 'Post Separation Abuse' and, in particular, to how professionals can protect children from negative immediate and long-lasting effects that could occur.

Learning outcomes:

  • Gain an understanding of forms of domestic abuse which may continue after a relationship has ended, including coercive control
  • Understand the longer-term nature of coercive control within domestic abuse cases
  • Gain an understanding of risk factors following separation and safety planning options for child contact
  • Develop knowledge around child arrangement orders and continuing abuse
  • Identify sources of support and how to signpost to support

15 November 2023: An introduction to Economic Abuse Workshop

Provided by HSCP midday to 1pm. Free

Additional date: 27 March 2024 midday to 1pm

Financial and economic abuse within the context of domestic abuse is not often seen as presenting a risk to a victim. This workshop aims to provide information around what constitutes economic abuse and the complexities around it, together with an awareness of the limitations imposed on the victim of that abuse. This course can be booked and attended by all professionals working with children and young people in Hampshire, including schools, nurseries, health colleagues and social worker/family support workers. 

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand economic abuse within the wider context of domestic abuse
  • Develop an awareness of the extent and complexity of economic abuse
  • Acknowledge the limitations for the victim on their ability to escape and understand the impact of those limitations
  • Know where to go for support

29 November 2023: An Introduction to the Impact of Domestic Abuse on Children and Young People

Provided by HSCP 9:30am to 11am. Free

Additional date: 28 February 2024 7pm to 8:30pm

Domestic abuse has a devastating impact on children and young people that can last into adulthood. This webinar offers an introduction to the impact that domestic abuse can have and will explore some of the physical and emotional effects. It will help to upskill professionals to feel more confident in responding to disclosure or suspicions of abuse. The course is available to all professionals working with children and young people, including schools, nurseries, health colleagues and social worker/family support workers.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand of the impact of domestic abuse on children, including physical and emotional impacts, and recognising DA as an ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience)
  • Know how to respond to disclosures or suspicions that a child has witnessed or experienced domestic abuse
  • Gain an awareness of specialist support available to children witnessing DA and how to refer to appropriate services, including safeguarding responsibilities

28 February 2024: An Introduction to Risk Assessment and the DASH Risk Indicator Checklist

Provided by HSCP 1:30pm to 3pm. Free

The DASH risk assessment model is for all professionals working with victims of domestic abuse, stalking, harassment and honour-based abuse. This course is open to all Hampshire professionals working with children and families in the county.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand how the DASH model was developed and why
  • Understand how the DASH RIC is used and about good practice when risk assessing victims of domestic abuse
  • Gain an understanding of the high-risk factors and using professional judgement

Hampshire Safeguarding Children Partnership – various webinars

A series of virtual training events and webinars has been developed to take place for Hampshire professionals, covering a wide range of safeguarding related topics (check website for full list of courses).

Against Violence and Abuse (AVA) various webinars

AVA offers a range of ways for you to learn more about gender-based violence and many related topics. They are running a wide range of free courses, seminars and webinars at the moment.

E-learning

All courses are provided free

Awareness of Forced Marriage

This online course has been developed with the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign Office and aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and explains what to do should you suspect someone is at risk.

Conducting a domestic homicide review: online learning

For frontline practitioners. By the end of the course you should be able to understand:

  • the domestic homicide review processes
  • your individual role and responsibilities within the review process
  • the importance of sharing best practice and lessons learned locally and be able to demonstrate your knowledge of the review process

COVID 19 - Psychological First Aid: online learning

Free from Public Health England (PHE) for frontline staff and volunteers.

This training will equip staff to provide support and recognise people at risk of distress. It follows globally recommended model for supporting people during emergencies, tailored to the specific challenges of coronavirus (COVID-19).

MARAC online training

Online training is available via the Safelives Community website – you’ll need to sign up to the Safelives Community, but once logged in, the following free courses are available:

  • MARAC Coordinators
  • MARAC Chairs
  • MARAC Representatives 

Internet safety, suicide and self-harm

The internet plays a big part in people’s lives, however online activity is often overlooked when exploring people’s experiences around suicide and self-harm.

For many people the internet is an important source of support, but some online content can be harmful: acting to maintain or exacerbate self-harm or suicide thoughts and behaviours.

Talking about online activity around suicide and self-harm with the people you work with can help you better understand their needs. Through these conversations you can support them to stay safe and have positive experiences online.

This course is relevant to anyone who provides support around suicide and self-harm, including:

  • Mental health practitioners, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, therapists, counsellors, Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs)
  • Education based practitioners, such as school nurses, educational psychologists, behaviour support teams
  • Learning disability and autism specific practitioners
  • Emergency care practitioners
  • Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • And more

The session takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. By the end you will know:

  • Why it’s important to ask people about their internet use around suicide and self-harm.
  • What people do online and the potential risks and benefits of exploring suicide and self-harm online.
  • How to ask the people you support about their internet use.
  • What advice you can give to help people stay safe and have positive experiences online.

Zero Suicide Alliance Training

ZSA provide a range of FREE quality assured short awareness training options, which provide a better understanding of the signs to look out for and the skills required to approach someone who is struggling, whether that be through social isolation or suicidal thoughts.

Multi-Agency Training Strategy

The Domestic Abuse Training Working Group has produced a multi-agency Hampshire Domestic Abuse Training Strategy. All agencies should consider this strategy when looking at the training requirements of their own staff.

The aim is to identify training and development activity required to support improvement in services for those who are experiencing domestic abuse, and for those who perpetrate violence and/or abuse.

It is designed to support the development of best practice and to ensure that professionals across the sectors can carry out their duties. It is not prescriptive and is designed to help inform and shape both single-agency and multi-agency domestic abuse training plans. It seeks to establish a consistent approach across agencies and can be used as a benchmark to assess training provision.