Introduction to Domestic Abuse

This online learning course will give users a general introduction to what domestic abuse is, how prevalent it is, signs and symptoms and how to respond if you suspect that there is domestic abuse.

Meeting your needs

Domestic abuse continues to be a significant issue across the country.  With research by SafeLives suggesting that 85% of all victims of domestic abuse sought help at least five times on average from professionals in the year before they got effective help, there is a need to ensure that everyone who comes into contact with others is aware of the issue, what to do and how to spot the signs.  Our online course is designed to provide this basic level of knowledge along with pointers as to what to do next.

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What have others said?

“Brilliant, I couldn’t think of anything that was not covered.” (Voluntary Sector)

“Course was good, varied use of resources made it interesting.” (Education)

“Interesting and informative …. enjoyed that the e learning was interactive and better than any that i have done before.” (Housing Sector)

“Very clear and gave opportunity to reflect on own learning.” (Education)

“A good mix of resources and information.” (Adult’s Services)

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What does the course cover?

The course considers:

  • how to define domestic abuse, including domestic abuse outside intimate relationships;
  • the impact of domestic abuse, including on children and other members of the family;
  • indicators of domestic abuse, harassment and stalking & barriers to disclosure;
  • an understanding that domestic abuse is not always visible, and may include coercive or controlling behaviour, or the threat of violence as a form of control;
  • the adult safeguarding and child protection steps that need to be taken when worried; and
  • what to do if you feel your concerns are not being taken seriously by other agencies.

All those who complete the course get a certificate of completion.

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Access to the online learning costs just 99p+VAT per user for subscribing schools.  To find out more about subscribing to safeguarding network (just £99+VAT per term), click here. For subscribing schools the Designated Safeguarding Lead can agree access through their console.

Want to access the online learning without subscribing to safeguarding network?  You can access this course for £27+VAT per user. For access without subscribing contact us.

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Why safeguarding network?

With over 50 years of experience in child protection work and through working closely with Designated Safeguarding Leads, online learning from safeguarding network is built by practitioners who have learnt how to use elearning software.  This is in contrast to elearning providers who have built courses through liaising with subject matter experts.  Our e-learning reflects current practice, legislation and statutory guidance and is influenced by our daily experiences in keeping children and young people safe. Find out more about the team behind safeguarding network.

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