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Training

We are still delivering our training during this time of social distancing we are doing this whilst keeping within government guidelines, keeping our staff and your staff as safe as possible.


We provide a range of training and/or presentations to professionals working in Perth & Kinross.

Training event

RASAC delivers bespoke training workshops to a wide range of community and professional groups. We tailor our training for each group’s particular needs, objectives and prior knowledge. Our trainings cater to a range of different learning styles, with an emphasis on activities and discussion. Here’s a list of the topics we deliver on, and the questions we explore, equipping attendees with a more thorough and nuanced understanding of each topic, increased knowledge of the relevant services available in Perth and Kinross, and practical tools to better support those affected by these issues.

Our training sessions have been developed by skilled trainers with many years of experience delivering training as well as first hand practical experience of working with women and young people who have experienced disadvantage, violence and marginalisation. We have have also been commissioned by Perth and Kinross Council to develop Trauma Informed Training for their front line workers.

We provide training tailored to your needs from 2 hours to 2 days, from face to face or online. During this time of social distancing all of our training is being delivered through online applications such as Zoom.

 

Training topics include:

What is Sexual Violence?

  • What is sexual violence?
  • How prevalent is it and what different forms does it take?
  • What impact does it have on survivors?
  • What are the common myths and misconceptions about sexual violence, and what effect do these have on survivors/ society / policing / the law?
  • What support mechanisms are available to survivors?

Trauma- informed practice

  • What is trauma?
  • What are the effects of trauma on children and young people?
  • What is PTSD? What are the symptoms of PTSD?
  • How does trauma affect psychological, emotional, relational and social development?
  • What practical ways can carers / professionals best support those affected by trauma (for example, dealing with triggers / flashbacks / dissociation)?

Gender

  • What is gender?
  • How does society shape and police gender roles and how does this affect our daily lives? What impact do these roles have on behavior?
  • What is the relation between gender roles and gender inequality?
  • What is the relation between gender inequality and sexual violence?
  • What practical ways can carers/ professionals best challenge gender roles and the inequalities they perpetuate?

Rape, Sexual Assault and the Law

  • What is rape? What is the difference between rape and sexual assault?
  • What are some of the commonly-held beliefs about rape?
  • What are the commonly-held beliefs and stereotypes about rapists and rape victims and what impact do these stereotypes have on individuals and society?
  • What impact do these beliefs have on the criminal justice system?
  • Why might someone not report?
  • What can someone reporting a sexual crime expect to happen?

Child Sexual Abuse

  • What is CSA?
  • What are the different forms of CSA?
  • What are the effects of CSA?
  • What are some of the commonly-held beliefs / stereotypes / myths about CSA?
  • Who commits CSA?
  • What barriers do children face to disclosing?
  • What are the practical ways carers / professionals can best safeguard against and support those affected by CSA?

Self- Harm and Suicide

  • What is self- harm? Who engages in self-harming behavior?
  • What different forms does self-harming behavior take?
  • What’s the difference between self-harm and self-injury?
  • Why do people self-harm?
  • Why might someone feel suicidal?
  • What’s the difference between self-harming behavior and attempted suicide?
  • How best can carers / professionals support those who feel suicidal or those who self-harm (harm-reduction strategies, alternative coping mechanisms etc)

Sexualisation

  • What is sexualisation?
  • What effect does media sexualisation have on body image and (young) people’s expectations / experiences of themselves, their friends and their sexual partners?
  • What are the different ways in which men and women are sexualized, and what messages do these differences convey about how men and women should look and behave in sexual contexts?

Consent

  • What is consent?
  • What is the law regarding consent?
  • What are the common myths, misconceptions and misrepresentations that surround consent, rape and sexual assault?
  • Who is to blame for an assault? We stress that it is always the perpetrator, and examine the culture of ‘victim-blaming’ the persists within society

Effects of Sexual Violence

  • What are the short term and long term physical effects of sexual violence?
  • What are the short and long term emotional / psychological effects of sexual violence?
  • What is the relationship between experience of sexual violence and mental health problems/ substance misuse?
  • What are the barriers to survivors disclosing / accessing support?
  • What sources of support are available to survivors?

Preventing Sexual Violence

  • Why does sexual violence occur?
  • Who is responsible for sexual violence?
  • What ways can one safely intervene to prevent sexual violence from taking place?
  • What role can individuals play within their families / communities / work places to contribute to a culture in which sexual violence is unacceptable

Child Sexual Exploitation

  • What is childhood sexual exploitation?
  • What factors make someone vulnerable to being exploited?
  • What is grooming, and what are the signs someone is being groomed?
  • How is technology and social media used in the grooming process?
  • What support mechanisms are available?

Honour-Based Violence

  • What is honour? Who decides what is honorable?
  • Who commits honour-based violence?
  • What are the different types of HBV and what effects do they have?
  • What is the nature / prevalence / effects of forced marriage? What are the differences between forced and arranged marriage?
  • What is FGM? Who practices it, and why?
  • What are the similarities / differences between honour-based violence and other forms of gender-based violence?
  • What resources are available for those affected by HBV?

Social Media

  • What are the risks involved in using social media?
  • What safety precautions might young people use when using social media?
  • What is the law?
  • What are the differences between cyberspace and the ‘real world’ and how do / should those differences affect people’s behavior?
  • What resources are available for those affected by cyber bullying (including ‘revenge porn’/ nonconsensual sharing of sexual images)?

 

Who we have delivered training to:

NHS, Social Work, Education, Foster Carers, Youth Workers, Community Development, Police, Housing

The half day training…was extremely beneficial. The information provided was facilitated in a way that encouraged discussion about practice and the experiences the team had in working with some of the most vulnerable children, young people, parents and families…This creates learning that promotes confidence in the team in managing situations that they encounter on a day to day basis with the families they work alongside. Many Thanks again for a great training session.

Feedback from Circles – Supporting Families in Scotland

The trainers delivered (the) training events in a knowledgeable, friendly, open manner, encouraging foster carers to participate and engage in discussion. Carers felt comfortable in doing so within the group and were animated in relating young people they care for with the behaviours related to the subjects. The uptake from foster carers for this type of training has been very positive and I have been requested to enquire about further events.

Feedback from P&K Social Work – Family Placement Team

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