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Escape The Trap Facilitator Training


Become a Facilitator

If you are working with young people, recognise the emerging levels of abuse they can experience in their early relationships and want to take a pro-active approach to addressing the issue and support those you work with then Escape the Trap is for you.

During the three day CPD Accredited training facilitators will learn how to run this programme, exploring ways to address the difficult and sensitive issue of teenage relationship abuse in an interactive way using experiential activities and self-reflection.

The programme is also accessible to use one to one with the accompanying Escape the Trap workbook.

Practitioners are training to become facilitators across the UK and represent a wide range of agencies including: school pastoral & learning mentors, school nurses, pupil referral unit’s, youth offending, youth services, children & young people’s services, specialist domestic abuse services, Brook Advisory, community safety, behaviour consultants, counsellors, scout leaders, police, IDSVA’s & YDVA’s.

Training Outline

Escape the Trap facilitator training will support practioners to learn about the:

  • Concept & structure of the programme
  • Group agreements
  • Exploring one’s own thinking and understanding about teenage relationship abuse
  • Additonal Risk Factors
  • Generating discussion with young people
  • Develop ways to address the difficult and sensitive issue of teenage relationship abuse using experiential activities and self-reflection
  • Understanding prevalance of social media abuse
  • Working flexibly to meet the needs of your group
  • Safety planning with young people
  • Monitoring Risk
  • Applying the programme in one to one work
  • The Escape the Trap facilitator training event provides an intensive learning experience over three days.

Over the three-day facilitator training, practitioners will gain an understanding of the complex dynamics of teenage relationship abuse. Each week of the programme will be explored in depth so practitioners will feel confident and equipped to deliver it at the end of the training.

All practitioners must have completed recognised safeguarding training.

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Cathy was brilliant to work with and got the whole group working in a creative and dynamic way. I feel much more able to be proactive around the impact of abusive behaviour in young realtionships and am keen to assist my students to be more aware.

Student SupportShuttleworth SchoolLancashire

This training has had a great impact and certainly extended my awareness as well as taking me back to basics in terms of applying the programme in groups and one to one. A very informative and interesting course. Thank you!

TeacherOswaldtwistle PRUOswaldtwistle

This is an excellent training and would highly recommend to others.

DA Support WorkerLancashire

My understanding has been much enhanced during this three day training. I feel I am much better equipped now to to respond to the issue and deliver this programme in schools.

DA Support WorkerSafeNetLancashire

Escape the Trap has given me much more awareness on issues relating specifically to teens/young people. Can’t wait to use it in schools.

DA Support WorkerSafeNetBurnley, Lancashire

A resource specifically for targetted at young people. It is really helpful programme. Thank you.

Young Person's AdvisorBrookBlackburn

I have a much better understanding of relationship abuse from a young persons point of view.

Sir John Thursby Community CollegeBurnley, Lancashire

Fabulous resource to use with young people to educate them about teenage abuse in relationships.

Youth WorkerYork

I have a clearer understanding of the problems young people have to deal with today.  Very worthwhile!!

TeacherMorcombe Road SchoolLancashire

The Freedom Programme is amazing. The things I have learned on this training could have a massive potential to empower and safeguard women and children experiencing domestic abuse.


The Freedom Programme Facilitator Training


Freedom Programme Facilitator Training

The Freedom Programme was originally designed by Pat Craven in 1999, to address the abuser’s tactics and behaviours. It the examines the perceptions held of who is to blame for the violence & abuse by considering the beliefs of the abusing partner, the victim and society at large. It further explores the impact & effect on victims and their children, warning signs and what constitutes a ‘healthy’ partner. The programme provides a window of opportunity to explore these issues in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental forum enabling women to develop their own support network, alleviating their sense of isolation.

This an intensive three-day training, which explores the programme in full and provides an in-depth insight into domestic and sexual violence and abuse. It enables practitioners to run an 11/12 week programme which raises awareness and knowledge for victims/survivors about abuser behaviours, tactics and beliefs.

Training is suitable for any practitioners, statutory & voluntary, working with victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, including family support practitioners, CYP services, housing associations, tenency support, IDVAs, police, refuge & outreach staff, probation, health visitors, midwives, school nurses, therapeutic services, legal services, CAB, pastoral staff, support groups, community groups and those working with vulnerable adults and children.

It is not intended that every participant of the training become a facilitator. This training is equally useful to those working in a one to one capacity. Support will be given within the training on how to set up a group programme as well as using the Homestudy book.

This training can be provided in-house for a minimum of 10 persons. If you would like to access a multi-agency training please go to the Events page for future dates. For further information on this training, please contact Cathy directly via the Contact page.

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The training has been brilliant. There was a perfect balance of knowledge on the subject and I have learnt more than I thought I would. Cathy has a passion for the course content making her a great person to learn from. Thank you!


VolunteerDaisy ProgrammeNorfolk

This training was energizing! It was informative, fun, thought provoking, well managed and extremely well presented. Cathy has a wealth of knowledge, created a relaxed environment in which to learn from informed discussions – just perfect!


VolunteerCompassion Suffolk

Cathy was very passionate about domestic abuse and working with victims/survivors. She made this training fun. She explained things really well and I have lots to take away in terms of engaging our service users.


VolunteerDaisy Programme Norfolk

Cathy is a brilliant trainer – knowledgeable and passionate about the subject. I have learned so much which will be helpful to me in my work.



Women’s Support WorkerBSE RefugeSuffolk

Cathy had lots of knowledge relevant to the topics we were learning about. She was always re-affirming what we had learned and had a non-judemental approach. I have gained so much about how to deliver this programme to our women.


VolunteerDaisy Programme Norfolk

The Freedom Programme absolutely hits the nail on the head with regards to domestic abuse. It helps unite victims/survivors, helping them to understand the insidious nature of perpetrator behavior. Professionals and victims alike should all be offered this course. Just brilliant.


VolunteerDaisy ProgrammeNorfolk

I have a much more in-depth understanding of the dominator’s beliefs and how this fits in with the wider societal beliefs. Cathy was very welcoming, approachable, friendly and very knowledgeable!


Support WorkerPheonix FuturesLondon

A good informative training with humour and reality. I feel able to help educate others.


Women’s WorkerOrmiston MPowerNorwich

A very interesting and well deilvered training. Cathy offered lots of knowledge and explanations to a varied group accomodating differing learning styles.

Family Support PractitionerSuffolk County CouncilIpswich

This training has opened my eyes to a new and updated way to deliver the Freedom Programme. It was informative with lively discussions and FUN!


Domestic Abuse WorkerBury St Edmunds RefugeSuffolk

Who’s in Charge? Facilitator Training


Three-day Facilitator Training.

Overall Aims of the Nine Week Programme

  • Reduce parent’s feelings of isolation.
  • Challenge parent’s feelings of guilt.
  • Lessen deterministic thinking about causes (e.g. “he can’t help it.. he has ADHD” or “… he saw his father be violent”) – it is always multi-causal.
  • Reinforce belief in possibility of change (without giving false hope or creating complacency).
  • Clarify boundaries of what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour (harder than it sounds as there are many grey areas and we need to avoid imposing our own values).
  • Arm parents with some simple concepts that have proved empowering: e.g. entitlement, the power of being irresponsible, etc.
  • Examine strategies for creating meaningful and practical consequences for unacceptable behaviour. The approach of most parenting courses and materials is to assume that children are basically cooperative and only need encouragement and positivity to be good. These approaches usually have failed miserably with the oppositional children of the WiC? parents. Finding consequences for children who care about little and don’t want to cooperate is very difficult.
  • Explore anger, both children’s and (often more usefully) parents’
  • Encourage assertiveness
  • Encourage self-care
  • Reinforce progress and provide emotional support while parents are attempting to become more assertive parents.


  • It is expected that parents will feel less depressed and powerless by the end of the course (evaluation of those who complete the course strongly supports this at two month follow up).
  • It is hoped that the amount of violence and abusive behaviour will decrease in a majority of the families and the majority of group completers do report less abuse (but this depends on many variables that are out of our control and change in children’s behaviour may be a long term consequence of changes in parental behaviour). The majority of parents (about 66%) do report an improvement in their problem child’s abusive behaviour at 2-month follow-up. However, most are still experiencing some verbal abuse and yelling. Changing parents behaviour is part of a long process of change for many.
  • Raise awareness of the issue of violence to parents in the community and in the field.

WIC? Facilitator Training

For further information on our three day training in the Who’s in Charge? programme please click the WIC? Training Booking Form at the top of the page.

Also look at our Child to Parent Violence One Day Workshop.

For further information on this training, please contact Cathy directly via the Contact page.

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Who's in Charge? Training London 2016

Who's in Charge? Training Portsmouth 2016

A great course, a great programme and great facilitators. Carole and Cathy were very easy to get along with, approachable, informative and listened as well as generating interesting discussions and ideas which made the training exiting, not forgetting a good mix of humour and fun. I left feeling very inpatient to get the programme up and running and using my new found knowledge in my one to one work as a Family Support Worker.Many thanksMarie

WIC? Programme Training for Facilitators June 2014

This course will give parents confidence to believe in themselves, and to try out new strategies for dealing with behaviours from their children.

Programme Family Support Worker, Youth Offending, Team Slough

I love the way this training offers a new view of parenting, without blame. It follows this up with simple, attentive methods of parenting by assisting a shift of attitude, so that a small change may be as effective in changing a child’s behaviour.

Who's in Charge? 2016