Accredited Professionals Training

Accredited Professionals Training

We believe that collective action to end violence against girls and women must involve a collaborative approach between professionals in health, social services, education, law enforcement, nonprofit organisations and government bodies.

Our accredited and tailored training are designed to equip professionals with the knowledge, skills and confidence to safeguard at-risk women and girls from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other forms of violence against women and girls. Using a participatory approach, the training raises awareness of the environment these harmful practices occur, and the physical, emotional and psychosocial impact on women and girls and the laws set in place to protect them.

Example of training covered

  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced Marriage (FM)
  • Honour-Based Abuse (HBA)
  • Faith-Based Abuse (FBA)
  • Breast Ironing / Flattening

In the last decade

  • 4000+

    professionals trained

    by FORWARD, including teachers, health professionals, police officers and other frontline staff

  • 160+

    training sessions

    delivered by FORWARD team and facilitators across the UK

  • 92%

    professionals say

    the training was relevant and applicable to their work (based on post-training surveys)

What will you learn?

Gain an understanding of harmful practices: such FGM, Breast ironing , FBA within the wider context of Violence Against Women & Girls in a multicultural context. You will also learn to identify risk factors and understand legislative and policy frameworks and key referral pathways to better equip professionals to help those in need.

Our certified training courses

Responding to FGM Training

Open College Network (OCN) at Level 3 for Professional Training (PT). At the end of this one-day course, you will be equipped with knowledge, information on the law and reporting, and practical and emotional skills to confidently develop actionable plans for responses to FGM and other forms of violence.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Responding to FGM in schools: School staff training for teachers and education professionals
  • Train the Trainers: Building your knowledge and developing skills to teach about FGM and other harmful practices in secondary schools.

Our tailored training courses

We also provide training tailored to your organisation’s specific needs. These are commissioned and delivered upon request, where you chose the training topic.

Length of training

Our sessions are offered as half-days (3 hours) of full days (5 hours), depending on the topics covered.

Who should attend?

Our courses are designed for:

  • Educators
  • Health professionals such as doctors and nurses
  • Police
  • Social workers
  • Individuals /community personnel
  • Frontline staff

Some of the organisations we have traing:

  • Tower Hamlets
  • Mayor of London Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)
  • Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland
  • Refugee Council

Big thank you to FORWARD for the excellent training. In over 26 years in the Police, that was one of the best training I’ve had. You both handled the subject in a sensitive and informative manner, and kept it light and relaxed, whilst getting across the vital importance of this work.”  Det. Sgt, Metropolitan Police

It truly was an enlightening session and I genuinely feel more empowered to support individuals that may present in the clinic.” Health professional.

Contact us – book training or get more information

For more information, or to register for training, please contact: [email protected]

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