Training 2017-02-12T22:35:28+00:00

Our training is informed by our experience of providing specialist sexual violence support services across Avon and Somerset. All of our experienced trainers are front-line support practitioners. To talk about your training needs, please call 0117 929 9556.

Our Training Service

Our training service is here to support your work and ensure you are meeting the needs of survivors both within your organisation and accessing your organisation. We have trained groups such as nurses, mental health workers, GPs, drug and alcohol project workers, housing project workers, and university students. Any money we earn from training goes directly back into providing services for survivors, meaning you get training to support survivors better and more survivors themselves are able to access our free services.

Our current training courses are:

Understanding Sexual Violence

Duration: 1 day

Capacity: Up to 16 people

Content: The myths and realities of rape and sexual violence; the impact of sexual violence; the support needs of survivors of rape and sexual violence; consent and the legal definition of sexual violence; what services are available for survivors of rape and sexual violence.

Responding to Disclosures

Duration: 1 day

Capacity: Up to 16 people

Content: This course is for people working in an environment that involves disclosures of sexual violence/sexual abuse. It covers barriers to disclosure; current sexual violence legislation; discussions about safeguarding; information about trauma, flashbacks, and grounding techniques; and the support needs of survivors of rape and sexual violence.

Team Meeting Training

Duration: 30 minutes

Capacity: Any

Cost: None

Content: One of our trainers will attend your staff team meeting to discuss our service.

Our training is delivered in house and is certificated and can count towards CPD. Discounts and training swaps with other charities are possible and bespoke training can be arranged.

SARSAS Sexual Violence Referral Pathway Training

Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support are offering free training to frontline health practitioners.  This training provides guidance on responding to disclosures of recent or historic sexual violence and abuse.

The training covers:

  • The Survivor Pathway – a guide for professionals for the sexual violence referral pathways.
  • Signs of abuse
  • “What you can do in 10 minutes”
  • Safeguarding

It is an 1 hour session that is delivered in a presentation and discussion format and is accompanied by an information booklet.  The session is delivered in house and can be part of a team meeting, weekend and evening training slots are available.

SARSAS 2016/17 training prices

Full day of training: £500 plus travel expenses

Half day of training: £350 plus travel expenses

Bespoke training full day: £750 plus travel expenses

One hour workshop: £100 plus travel expenses

Our training costs are based on training pack development, staff time, and the cost of training materials. Discounts for charities and bulk booking are available. Please contact to discuss your training needs.


Want to talk?

Women and girls

0808 801 0456

Monday & Friday
11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6.00pm – 8:30pm

Men and boys

0808 801 0464

Monday 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 6.00pm – 8:30pm

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