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This course is fit for purpose for core practitioners, whilst also being appropriate and available for other practitioners involved in responding to domestic violence in all of its forms. It will also address the knowledge and skills requirements of volunteers, part-time and full-time workers on the ‘front-line’ and meet the needs of a wider workforce, i.e. those for whom working with survivors of domestic violence is not their mainstream activity, but need to be alert to domestic violence, including associated sexual abuse, and be able to take appropriate action.

Mandatory Understanding the Support Implications for Survivors of Domestic Violence 16 3 3
Mandatory Understanding How to Respond to the Needs of Survivors of Domestic Violence 13 3 2
Mandatory Establish the needs of Survivors of Domestic Violence 25 3 3

The qualification comprises of three Mandatory Units, two of the Units are knowledge based and the other unit covers skills and knowledge. The qualification gives learners a total of 8 Credits and it consists of 54 Guided Learning Hours (GLH)

Why study with the LSTA?

Why gain a qualification?

A qualification is proof that you have the right skills to do your job well and many employers are looking to employ people who have a recognised industry related qualification. You can be confident that your qualification acknowledges your professionalism and will be well respected within your particular Sector.

Who is it for?

By completing the Community and Social Justice Qualifications: - Working with Victims, Survivors & Witnesses or Supporting Survivors of Domestic Abuse you will not only identify and under pin the skills you already have but also learn new ones that could help you find work in a wider range of roles including:
  • Probation Services
  • Prosecution Services
  • Policing and Law Enforcement  
  • Community and Youth Work
  • Courts and Tribunal Services
  • Social Services
  • Local Authority
  • Health Services
  • The Voluntary or Third Sector
  • Residential Care
  • Practitioners and Support Workers in Care Home Services
  • Adult Day Care Services
  • Housing Support Services
If you already work within one of the sectors above, completing the qualification can help you take on a more senior role giving you more options as well as develop a professional relationship with staff in other agencies to represent the interest of individuals and families.

What support will you have?

For each unit your assessor will use a range of different assessment practices and together you will take part in professional discussions, observations, produce witness accounts, case studies and assignments to build a portfolio, to evidence your knowledge and learning.

How long will it take?

The full qualification usually takes twelve months to complete, but it can also be up the Learner. A selection of units can be completed to help you gain credits towards a full qualification and can be achieved in your own time and at your own pace, allowing you more flexibility.

What level should I do?

The qualification is at different Levels ie 2, 3 & 4 and learners can attain an Award, Certificate or Diploma depending on the level of your own ability. To achieve any of the qualifications learners are expected to complete both mandatory and optional units from the qualification structure index.

What criteria do I have to meet?

  • You will be looking to work or be working or volunteering in anyone of the Community Justice Sectors listed above, in an outreach or support or management role.
  • You will have some experience and you may already supervise others or manage resources.
  • You want to develop your skills further to take on more responsibility and would like to be considered for promotion
  • Have been working in the sector for a number of years without a recognized qualification and therefore would like to gain a qualification.

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