VAW Training for Trainers

General guidance

For running effective VAW ‘training for trainers’ courses, clear purpose,  sustainability, selection procedures, and providing follow on support for new trainers are as important as course content.


  • What do you want new trainers to do? 
  • What training will they offer? 
  • Who are the target groups?
  • How long is the course?
  • At what level?
  • How will the training fit into organisational learning and development plans, or skills and knowledge frameworks?


  • Is there management support for new trainers to be released for the course and for future delivery of training? 
  • How will this be negotiated? 
  • Has a minimum time contribution been agreed? 
  • Is there a written agreement?
  • What support is available for new trainers? It is recommended that you include mentoring and/or initial joint presentations with experienced trainers.
  • Have you set up opportunities for new trainers to get an early opportunity to run training? 
  • Who will provide administrative support for future training, for example for promotion, registration and so on?
  • How will you monitor the effectiveness of the ‘training for trainers’ course, for example retention rate?


  • What previous training experience is required and in what settings?
  • What level of knowledge of violence against women is required, if any?  What other areas of experience and knowledge are considered relevant?
  • What commitment for future delivery is expected from participants?
  • How can applicants evidence commitment, for example what opportunities do they have for  running VAW training within their job remit?
  • Will you consider applicants who are in short-term posts?
  • Are you going to assess participants?  If so what are the assessment criteria? (Participants should be made aware of any assessment criteria.)

Follow on support

  • Is there ongoing support for VAW trainers, for example a practitioner forum or mutual support network?
  • Is there capacity to offer trainers further skills development?  It may be helpful to have a six-month review after the training for trainers course, to identify further training needs after the new trainers have had an opportunity to deliver.

Download a copy of the above checklist (pdf 53KB)

Examples of VAW training for trainers courses

Scottish Women`s Aid
Scottish Women’s Aid can deliver bespoke ‘Training for Trainers’ courses. Sample framework for `training for trainers` for delivering basic domestic abuse training (pdf 136KB)

Highland Wellbeing Alliance
The Alliance ran ‘training for trainers’ courses, to enable staff from public agencies to deliver basic awareness courses on ‘understanding violence against women’.  An effective approach was developed which requires potential participants to complete an application form and attend an interview.  Participants are asked to secure management agreement that they are released for an agreed minimum amount of future training delivery - this is an essential part of the process to ensure some capacity for future delivery.  New trainers were offered the opportunity to work jointly with experienced trainers and ongoing support and development opportunities are provided.  The value of this approach is reflected in the fact that Highland has a high rate of retention of trainers. 
Application Form.doc (word 88.5KB)
Line Manager Contract.doc (word 38.5KB)
Job Description and Person Specification.doc (word 50KB)
Background statement.doc (word 96KB)

Women’s Support Project
The Women’s Support Project piloted a ‘training for trainers’ course in November 2010, with Lanarkshire Training Consortium.  This course aimed to prepare participants to deliver a one-day basic awareness course on ‘understanding gender, gender inequality, and violence against women`.

Participants already had some experience of planning and delivering training, and completed a survey form to indicate their level of experience.

The course programme runs for three days. Download the presentation for day one, and day two.  Two further half-day sessions focus on legislation and legal protection and on future delivery of training.  

Women`s Support Project can deliver bespoke ‘training for trainers’ courses.


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