Accredited courses

Courses - Scotland

Gender Justice, Masculinities and Violence
MSc in Gender and Social Justice
Responding to Domestic Abuse
Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence who Experience Addiction Issues

Courses - England

University Certificate in Professional Development: Domestic Violence
Independent Domestic Violence Advisor training
Masters in Woman and Child Abuse
Violence Against Women: issues, research and policy
Sexual Violence: causes, consequences and interventions
Sexual exploitation of children and young people


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 Accredited training courses Scotland

Queen Margaret University, in partnership with Scottish Women’s Aid
Course title: Gender Justice, Masculinities and Violence

This course is for women and men who want to be more effective at taking action to tackle violence against women and work for gender justice

No prior qualifications are required, but you should have some awareness and understanding of issues concerning gender-based violence, including domestic abuse and sexual exploitation and should be in sympathy with the aims of the movement to eradicate violence against women.

Part-time: four days.  Attendance at two 2-day workshops in Edinburgh is required. The remainder of study is at home or in your workplace.
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Queen Margaret University and Scottish Women`s Aid 
Course title: MSc in Gender and Social Justice
This course draws on current developments in both feminist theory and queer theory, and explores the interactions and tensions between these intellectually.  In particular, the course explores the question of whether justice is possible for the gendered subject - does justice require gender equality or gender deconstruction? The implications for the pursuit of gender justice are explored in a variety of contexts, including public policy, international development, health care and activism.  These debates are located within wider theoretical and practical contexts of social justice relating to class, `race`, disability and other structures of inequality or claims for justice.

This course is likely to attract interest from practitioners and activists in women`s organisations and the LGBT community as well as students and graduates with particular interest in these areas.  It is likely to be of interest to people who have previously studied Gender Justice, Masculinities and Violence, also offered by Queen Margaret University and Scottish Women`s Aid (see above).  The four modules contained within the postgraduate certificate may also contribute to other higher degrees at Queen Margaret University, including the MSc in Gender and Social Justice, in collaboration with Scottish Women`s Aid.

Content: Engendering Policy and Practice, Queer Theory and Sexual Politics, Gender, Development and Health, Social JusticeFees are £385 per module for students resident in the UK or EU, £1,540 for Postgraduate Certificate, (£1,050 per module for overseas students)
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Glasgow Caledonian University
Course title: Responding to Domestic Abuse
This CPD module examines the nature of domestic abuse as it occurs between partners or former partners. The module explores the many theories about why domestic abuse occurs; the effects of domestic abuse on those experiencing it and on society; and how professionals can recognise and respond to it effectively.

The course was developed by Glasgow Caledonian University in partnership with Argyll and Clyde Domestic Abuse Training Consortium which represents Argyll & Bute Against Domestic Abuse (ADA) Multi Agency Partnership, Inverclyde Zero Tolerance Working Group, Women and Children First (Renfrewshire), West Dunbartonshire Violence Against Women Partnership.
Who should attend: Frontline practitioners in fields including social work, police, voluntary sector, healthcare professionals, victim support agencies, criminal justice and the law, housing, advocacy, education and mental health.

Applicants should: currently be working directly or indirectly with those affected by domestic abuse; have an interest in working in the field of domestic abuse; have completed a minimum of a half-day module in basic domestic abuse awareness delivered by a recognised training organisation.

More information.  November 2011 module leaflet.


University of Glasgow in partnership with STRADA and SAY Women
Course title: Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence who Experience Addiction Issues

This course is offered through STRADA’s tailored programmes and in partnership with SAY Women.  It is not part of the STRADA core contract.
This two-day course aims to increase understanding of the complex relationship between substance misuse and child sexual abuse.
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Accredited training courses UK

Co-ordinated Action Against Domestic Abuse (CAADA)
Course title: Professional Development Award in Domestic Abuse Advocacy

ASSIST, CAADA and Scottish Women`s Aid are working in partnership to deliver a Professional Development Award (PDA) in Domestic Abuse Advocacy for practitioners working in Scotland.

The award is designed to equip practitioners with the knowledge and skills to offer a consistent, safe and effective response to high risk victims of domestic abuse. The PDA has been validated by the Scottish Qualifications Authority and is level 7 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications framework.

The course is currently entirely FREE to eligible learners thanks to funding from the Scottish Government. The only payment required is £52 per student to cover costs of accreditation.

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London Metropolitan University
Course title: Masters in Woman and Child Abuse
This course provides a grounding in theoretical frameworks, research, policy and practice approaches to woman and child abuse. Whilst the main focus is on the UK, intellectual and practical approaches from across the globe are explored. Courses will develop your knowledge and understanding of all forms of violence against women and child abuse, including sexual exploitation, domestic violence, sexual violence and harmful traditional practices.  The course content and required work is cross-disciplinary addressing criminology, law, health, criminal justice, sociology, social policy, gender studies and social research.
Themes covered include:

  • the history of how child and woman abuse came to be recognised as social problems;
  • definitions and conceptual boundaries;
  • connections between forms of violence against women and child abuse;
  • theoretical, methodological and ethical considerations when researching abuse;
  • the current knowledge base on incidence and prevalence;
  • evidence-based policy and promising practices in responding to victims/survivors and perpetrators;
  • what we know about prevention;
  • contemporary theoretical and policy debates

Full-time: 1 year, evening and day
Part-time: 2 years, evening and day
Starting September and February
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London Metropolitan University
Course title: Violence Against Women: issues, research and policy
The course covers:

  • violence against women: frameworks, framings and methods;
  • intimate partner violence; rape and sexual assault;
  • harmful traditional practices in a globalised world;
  • sexual exploitation; issues and debates.

Delivered over six days, the first two days focus on a critical engagement with theories, definitions and research methods, including a historical overview of feminist theory in relation to violence against women. Subsequent sessions explore specific forms of violence against women.

London Metropolitan University
Course title: Sexual Violence: causes, consequences and interventions

This course focuses on forms of sexual violence in child and adulthood including;

  • sexual abuse in childhood
  • rape and sexual assault of adults
  • sexual exploitation including pornography
  • prostitution
  • trafficking and other aspects of the sex industry
  • sexual harassment

The course will be delivered over six days and the areas covered are: definitions and prevalence; impacts and meanings; legislative frameworks and the criminal justice response; sexual cultures; perpetrators and approaches to prevention.

London Metropolitan University
Course title: Sexual exploitation of children and young people

The course covers:

  • sexual exploitation of children and young people
  • definitions and prevalence of sexual exploitation
  • intervention and protection
  • managing perpetrators
  • policy and legislation

Historical continuities in the form and nature of sexual exploitation are examined, in a national and international context. The impact of sexual exploitation on the child or young person are examined, and good practice in working with young people explored. Particular examples of exploitation are analysed, such as trafficking, prostitution, pornography, and the various systems for interventions with and management of perpetrators are evaluated.  More information

Accredited programmes

The below information relates to accredited training programmes, as opposed to training courses which can be accessed by individuals

Respect provides accreditation for services working with men who are perpetrators of domestic abuse and with their partners.  The Respect Accreditation Standard applies to all organisations providing Domestic Violence Prevention Programmes  (DVPPs) working with male perpetrators of domestic violence and Integrated Support Services (ISSs) for partners and ex-partners of these perpetrators. This document (‘the Standard’) sets out all the requirements for the management and operation of these services. It sets out the evidence that will be sought to demonstrate that an organisation meets these requirements. It also provides guidance on how the requirements can be met
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Working with Domestic Abuse Perpetrators
The Caledonian System
An integrated approach to address men`s domestic abuse and to improve the lives of women, children and men

The Caledonian System is an integrated approach to address men`s domestic abuse and to improve the lives of women, children and men. It does this by working with men convicted of domestic abuse related offences on a programme to reduce their re-offending while offering integrated services to women and children.  The Caledonian System was developed for the Scottish Accreditation Panel for Offender Programmes & the Equality Unit of the Scottish Government. 

In March 2010 the Community Justice Authorities which were most ready to deliver the Caledonian System were awarded funding. The participating CJAs are: Fife and Forth Valley, Lothian and Borders, Northern and South West
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