Training

OSARCC offers a range of training services to enable individuals and organisations to offer effective support to survivors of sexual violence.

We have many years’ experience of working with and supporting survivors of all forms of sexual violence and abuse, and have designed and developed our training to ensure that professionals gain the knowledge and skills they need to effectively support sexual violence survivors of any gender.

Our training is suitable for anyone who works with or may come across survivors of sexual violence, in any context, including medical, social care, HR, legal and housing professionals; charity workers; schools and college staff; sports clubs and other statutory, private and voluntary sector organisations. Our courses are also suitable for anyone who wishes to increase their knowledge of issues around sexual violence.

We offer our training either online, or face to face in an Oxford training venue.


Training for individuals: Sexual violence awareness course (multi-agency)

Our sexual violence awareness course is delivered either over two half-days (online), or over one day (face to face, in Oxford). This course aims to develop your knowledge, skills and confidence relating to sexual violence and the support needs of survivors. You will learn theory, consider case studies, and put your skills into practice – all in a supportive, interactive learning environment facilitated by a highly experienced trainer.

Topics covered include:

  • The nature and prevalence of sexual violence
  • Common perpetrator tactics
  • Myths surrounding sexual violence
  • The impacts of sexual violence
  • Barriers to disclosure and overcoming them
  • Creating a safe environment for disclosures
  • Responding appropriately and managing trauma responses
  • Options following disclosure, including for recent incidents

Booking a place

If you would like to book a place on the course, or if you have any questions, please email training@osarcc.org.uk in the first instance to check availability.


Training for organisations

Do you have six or more people you would like to send to our sexual violence awareness course?

You may find that it is more cost-effective to arrange this training for your organisation only. It is an opportunity for your team to learn together, and we can tailor and combine or expand different aspects of these courses to meet your needs and use case studies and examples from your service.

We can also create bespoke training for your organisation, tailored to your specific organisational context and needs, on a range or combination of topics, including:

  • Bystander intervention
  • Consent
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Supporting young survivors of sexual violence
  • Sexual harassment in the workplace
  • The importance of self-care and looking after your workforce

If you have any other training needs within your organisation, we are happy to discuss these with you. Please email training@osarcc.org.uk to arrange an informal, no-obligation chat.


Consent training for colleges and universities

Our consent training packages help students define what consent is, understand the importance of it and how to take this forward to nurture healthy relationships.

One-hour presentation

In this one-hour introductory session, we aim to help students:

  • Understand the legal definition of consent, with a focus on choice, freedom and capacity
  • Challenge common myths which allow sexual abuse to happen
  • Understand how consent underpins healthy relationships
  • Know what support is available to them.

These presentations are a great way of introducing the topic at a cost of £250 and can be delivered online or face-to-face. For additional information or to book, please contact us on training@osarcc.org.uk.

Workshops

We can also deliver workshops in more interactive settings which allow students to safely explore the issue of consent with ample opportunities for questions. We aim to help students:

  • Have an overview of the prevalence of sexual violence in Universities and wider society
  • Understand the legal definition of consent, with a focus on choice, freedom and capacity
  • Challenge common myths which allow sexual abuse to happen, using group discussion of case studies
  • Discussion of how consent underpins healthy relationships and what they can do to develop their boundaries and respect those of others
  • Become aware what support is available to them and what they can do to support others.

We currently offer these workshops either online or face-to-face for up to 20 delegates in either half- or full-day sessions. Please contact us for prices and further information (training@osarcc.org.uk).

Additional training offers

In addition to our external training packages and in collaboration with our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor for Oxford University, we welcome enquiries from students and staff alike at Oxford University for bespoke sexual violence awareness and/or handling disclosures training to address your needs. This could include:

  • Defining sexual violence, understanding the prevalence and debunking associated myths
  • Exploring the impacts of sexual violence and what support a survivor might need
  • Discussing the potential barriers to disclosure and how to overcome these
  • Responding appropriately the disclosures and how to ensure the safety and empowerment of the survivor.

We can offer sessions either online or face-to-face and welcome enquiries to: training@osarcc.org.uk. We aim respond to your request within 7 days.

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