Harmful Traditional Practices

Training for professionals

  • Based on research evidence
  • Practitioner led
  • Survivor informed

The following evidence-based CPD training courses help your organisation or institution to safeguard employees and service users suffering from or at risk of harmful traditional practices. Courses are available for delivery on-site, at our training rooms UK-wide, via online workshop (10-20 people), or as distance e-Learning packages that can be sent to your staff. All training comes with a certificate of completion.

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Harmful traditional practices - awareness training

Harmful traditional practices: awareness

In this foundation course you will explore what is meant by the term ‘harmful traditional practices’ (HTPs). Subjects covered include forced marriage, so-called ‘honour’ abuse, violence and killings, female genital mutilation (FGM) and other forms of domestic abuse, known collectively as HTPs. You will also look at the communities affected, the wider social implications of this abuse, and basic safeguarding practices.

Course length: Half day (workshop) or 2 hours (online workshop or distance e-Learning)

Learning outcomes. This course will enable you to:

  • Define the three main forms of HTPs
  • Describe communities and individuals affected
  • Explain the prevalence of HTPs
  • Identify indicators of abuse
  • Recognise steps to safeguard victims

Who should take this course?

  • Domestic violence specialists and practitioners
  • Public sector and Civil Service workers
  • Police and other emergency service personnel
  • Prison officers
  • Legal professionals
  • Educators, trainers and students
  • Safeguarding professions, including; social services, student services, care home staff, refuge staff and community outreach workers
  • NGOs, charities and support agencies
Harmful traditional practices - workplace guidance for best practice

Harmful traditional practices: workplace guidance for best practice

Harmful traditional practices in the workplace present a unique set of challenges for your organisation. Employers have a legal, moral and ethical duty to protect employees, including remote workers, from harm. Safeguarding staff and service users from this form of domestic abuse is the principal focus of this advanced, evidence-based course. You will explore three key themes including environment, education and empowerment, to enable you to develop a holistic, sustainable and culturally inclusive approach to safeguarding policy and best practice.

Course length: Half day (workshop) or 2 hours (online workshop or distance e-Learning)

Learning outcomes. This course will enable you to:

  • Recognise best practice in the workplace
  • Assess current and determine future organisational policy
  • Advocate for employees and service users at risk of HTPs
  • Value cultural competency, diversity and inclusion

Who should take this course?

  • Public, private and third sector employers
  • Human resources leads and other HR professionals
  • Workplace champions
  • Educators, trainers and students
  • Safeguarding professionals and domestic violence specialists
Harmful traditional practices - safeguarding training

Harmful traditional practices: safeguarding

This adult and children safeguarding CPD course focuses on the most common forms of HTPs: So-called ‘honour’ abuse, female genital mutilation, (or ‘FGM’), and forced marriage.

Course length: Half day (workshop) or 2 hours (online workshop or distance e-Learning)

Learning outcomes. This course will enable you to:

  • Explain key issues facing at risk groups
  • Behave in a culturally competent manner
  • Interpret specific warning signs
  • Determine safeguarding strategy

Who should take this course?

  • Social services professionals
  • Care workers and hospital employees
  • Charities and support organisations
  • Employers and HR leads
  • Workplace champions
  • Teachers, lecturers and student welfare officers
  • Safeguarding and domestic violence trainers
Harmful traditional practices - empower programme

eMpower: 11 – 17 year olds

Our groundbreaking eMpower programme for 11 to 17 year olds is designed to educate children about sensitive topics in a safe, psychologically positive and culturally competent way. Informed and empowered, children will understand the dangers, their rights, and strategies to avoid becoming a victim. Subjects covered include child and forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), honour abuse and other harmful practices.

The latest research, with input from police and survivors, combined with sound pedagogy, informs the message and delivery methods of this programme to deliver the best possible learning outcomes for children and young adults.

Comprehensive guidance and a free awareness course are provided for teachers and trainers to equip them with the skills and confidence to deliver the eMpower programme. Alternatively, you can book one of our specialist trainers to deliver on site.

Course length: Half day (approx.)

Learning outcomes. This course will enable you to:

  • Explain the main forms of harmful practices
  • Determine whether you are at risk of harm
  • Summarise your rights according to law
  • Decide a strategy to stop you becoming a victim
  • Give examples of support organisations

Who should take this course?

  • Secondary school children
  • College students


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