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Trauma Informed Safeguarding – Working Therapeutically with Interpersonal Violence and FGM

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DATE: Friday 26th March 2021

TIME: 10am - 4.30pm

VENUE: Online/Zoom


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Shana is very passionate about safeguarding and supporting children in having a voice. She has a lovely heart and ensures the welfare of children is paramount.


  • Are you interested in the links between violence and trauma and keen to understand how to explore these through a safeguarding lens?
  • Do you work therapeutically with clients and feel you could benefit from strengthening your knowledge of FGM, Interpersonal Violence and Domestic Abuse?
  • Would you like support to understand and manage risk in the therapy room?
  • Maybe you want to develop your knowledge of working with other agencies and how to make disclosures?

About The Course

This 1-day experiential course is designed to give therapists or social work professionals offering therapeutic interventions the skills and confidence to manage risk and work in a trauma informed way. This is not your average pre-recorded safeguarding training…this high quality live online training will give you opportunities to work in small groups and take part in activities to embed the learning to best safeguard clients.

Safeguarding is an important process and a duty upon therapist to protects clients and their families from harm. The duty to ensure safety and wellbeing of children and adults is vital when they are in contact with any professional service. Harm, abuse and neglect or violence, causes trauma to an individual and this can be long term and complex

We recognise that making a disclosure can be traumatic. Trauma Informed Safeguarding Practice explores the best way to protect individuals by understanding the correlation between impact of trauma and safeguarding, as a protection and how best to do it to achieve a positive outcome. This training day looks to support and develop these skills and knowledge to be able to work best within given resources.

It is not unusual to find practitioners, who have had their own experiences of trauma and victimisation of abuse or violence, to share their own recovery with clients through empathy. Working with violence and safeguarding can trigger traumatic memories. This training also looks at how to seek support and avoid vicarious trauma.

The focus of the day will be on integrating best practice in safeguarding while carefully unpicking the context of the client’s trauma history, leaving you clear about your role and responsibility when managing risk. Participants will have opportunities to explore law, legislation and professional expectations and look at some case studies and good practice guides. You will also get resources to take away to use in your work.

The day will explore:

  • The impact of trauma and vicarious trauma
  • The framework of safeguarding – legislation and responsibility
  • Risk assessment in the therapy room
  • Making a referral – when is this needed?
  • Pre-trial therapy considerations
  • FGM and the impact on therapy
  • Intimate partner violence including sexual violence

Who Should Attend?

This training is perfect for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and social workers whether new in their practice or highly experienced. Trainees with some clinical experience may also attend. The course would also support those managing counselling services or working with vulnerable client groups. The content is aimed at working with adult clients and couples.

Meet Your Trainers

Rima has always promoted education and training of practitioners as a qualified teacher, facilitated and spoke at various national and international conferences on sexual & reproductive health issues and violence & abuse over 20 years. She was seconded to the Department of Health and the Home Office to develop the national roll out for the Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) following successfully leading the pilot in London (SARC – Havens). Rima received commendation from the Asst Commissioner of London Metropolitan Police for this work. She was the director of an interim training organisation working with the Royal colleges (RCPCH, RCGP, RCN and RCP) to further qualify doctors and nurses to professionally work with sexual violence. Rima also worked as a special officer in the Metropolitan Police force.

Rima qualified as a therapist in the early nineties working in sexual health and HIV and has continued to work in sexual wellbeing of patients and clients in the NHS and privately. Rima is a COSRT accredited and UKCP registered Relationship and Psychosexual psychotherapist and a supervisor. Rima has her private practice in  Fulham, London and her primary model of working is Humanistic-Integrative Psychotherapy. Rima is a trained trauma therapist working with EMDR protocols associated with trauma generated pain and has a particular interest in trans-generational and cultural trauma in relationships.

Rima offers a balanced therapeutic and management view of adult safeguarding relating to interpersonal violence, having worked in both roles.

Shana Laffy is a qualified therapist (MBAC), parenting coach and well-being consultant working with children, adults, and couples. She teaches on the ‘Certificate in working with Couples and Other Relationships’ run in collaboration with The Grove. Shana is the designated safeguarding lead for a mental health organisation and specialises in supporting professionals to manage risk and safeguarding concerns. Shana delivers training and coaching across the country, both to parents and professionals with a focus on Emotion Coaching, attachments, and neuroscience. Shana brings knowledge from a variety of lead roles in teaching, inspection and social care.

Additional Information

This includes a 6 hour CPD certificate of attendance for your records, access to an exclusive resources bank and a PDF of the training slides. 

Cancellation Policy

In the unlikely event that the training is cancelled by the organiser a full refund will be issued. Cancellation of a booking by the participant must be received in writing. A non-refundable admin fee of £50 is always retained for non-attendance. The organiser will seek to offer other training dates and if this is not possible for the participant who is cancelling then charges apply as follows: (A) 2 weeks before the course: 50% of the fee [B] Less than 2 weeks before the course: 100% of the fee due. If the course is full and there are people on the waiting list whereby it is possible to fill the space, a refund may be offered less the admin fee. Refunds will be made using the same method of payment as used for purchasing within 14 days of the cancellation.

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Feedback from participants:

Shana shared her knowledge with us about how to keep clients safe. She was clear, non-judgemental and gave real insight into the importance of safeguarding in therapy.

Rima, thank you for the excellent training yesterday. It was very useful and I have taken away some good ideas. The info graphics are great and and case examples/ real life client examples definitely for me help cement the knowledge. Thank you!