Early Intervention & Prevention

Learn more about our training courses and workshops.

Early Intervention & Prevention

Learn more about our training courses and workshops.

Nexus Early Intervention and Training

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Early Intervention and Prevention: Training at Nexus

We deliver training on sexual abuse and abusive relationships to people of all ages across Northern Ireland. Scroll down to learn more about each of our courses and sessions.

We have developed a number of training sessions, workshops and resources for young people, parents, carers and professionals. To find out more or to enquire about booking onto one of our courses, sessions or workshops, email: training@nexusni.org

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Bystander Intervention: How to be an Active Bystander (free training)

Two-hour workshop – can be delivered in-person or online

This workshop will give you the knowledge and understanding to be able to confidently and effectively be an active bystander when you see abuse happening. We cover training on effective interventions in everyday situations, as well as follow-up action and reporting responsibilities.

We aim that by the end of this workshop, you will:

  1. Know what a bystander is
  2. Understand what influences our decisions to intervene
  3. Know what stops us intervening
  4. Understand what sexual violence and harassment is
  5. Feel empowered and able to intervene when/if the time comes
  6. Have experience of practice-based learning using real-life scenarios
  7. Learn how we develop a “no tolerance” culture

Register for our online session on Tuesday 20th February 6pm-8pm

Register for our online session on Tuesday 12th March 10am-12pm

Enquire about booking a session for a group

Understanding the Impact of Rape and Sexual Abuse (fees may apply)

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to understand more about Rape and Sexual Abuse or who may be in contact with someone impacted by Rape and/or Sexual Abuse.

This may include teachers, nurses, health and social care professionals, police and criminal justice system professionals, therapists, managers, counsellors, students, youth, community or faith sector workers, parents, foster parents, carers and others.

Our aim is that by the end of this workshop you will have:

  1. An increased awareness of the dynamics of rape and sexual abuse, and its prevalence in Northern Ireland
  2. An increased awareness of the societal myths, misconceptions and attitudes surrounding rape and sexual abuse
  3. An improved understanding of perpetrators of rape and sexual abuse, their motivations and the grooming process
  4. An improved understanding of the impact of rape and sexual abuse on people with lived experience
  5. An increased understanding of issues around disclosing and reporting of rape and sexual abuse
  6. Increased confidence in supporting people with lived experience of rape and sexual abuse

To enquire about booking this training for your organisation, please contact our Early Intervention & Prevention team on training@nexusni.org

Workplace Training & Support Services (fees apply)

 

It is estimated that 20% of women and 4% of men in the UK have suffered some form of sexual abuse since the age of 16. This is an important issue that affects women, men and children regardless of their background.

In 2016 the Department of Health and Department of Justice, in their 7 year strategy “Stopping Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse in Northern Ireland” estimated Lost Economic Output of sexual abuse and abusive relationships in Northern Ireland from 2010-2012 to be £216 million.

We can work with you to deliver a range of staff training specific to the needs of your organisation which can include:

  • Awareness of sexual abuse & trauma including sexual harassment and the effects for staff and the workplace
  • How to enable conversations within the workplace and handle disclosures to support the wellbeing of staff
  • Support with the development of a specific workplace policy

Nexus wants to equip organisations with important information and tools on sexual abuse and trauma, to help tackle this important issue, both in the workplace and in society and create a safe and supportive working environment.

Please contact us on training@nexusni.org for more information on how Nexus can work with you to prevent these issues from happening within your organisation.

Consent (free in the Belfast area, fees apply elsewhere)

One off session.

This workshop on consent education aims to empower participants with the knowledge and communication skills needed to establish and maintain healthy relationships based on mutual respect and clear boundaries, ultimately fostering a safer and more inclusive community. Through interactive activities and open discussions, attendees will gain a deeper understanding of consent, its significance in personal interactions, and its role in preventing sexual misconduct. We’ll look at topics such as:

  1. What is consent?
  2. The legislation on consent
  3. Healthy relationships
  4. What is online abuse?
  5. How to stay safe online

If you’re interested in booking a session for young people in Belfast, email our team at training@nexusni.org. (Funded by Belfast Policing and Community Safety Partnership and aimed at post-primary aged young people).

 

Handling Disclosures (fees may apply)

2 hour workshop

This workshop is aimed at anyone who works with or support people who may have lived experience of sexual abuse and abusive relationships. With this workshop, we aim to enable you to become more confident in your ability to appropriately handle disclosures of sexual abuse and abusive relationships.

This may include teachers, nurses, health and social care professionals, police and criminal justice system professionals, therapists, managers, counsellors, students, youth, community or faith sector workers, parents, foster parents, carers and others.

Our aim is that by the end of this workshop you will have:

  1. An increased awareness of sexual abuse and domestic abuse/abusive relationships
  2. An increased understanding of coercive control
  3. An increased recognition of the indicators of abuse
  4. Gained knowledge of what may trigger a disclosure
  5. An understanding of how to create the conditions for a disclosure
  6. Gained confidence in how to appropriately respond to a disclosure
  7. An increased knowledge of responsibilities, referring and signposting for support

Supporting Young People who Disclose Domestic & Sexual Abuse (fees may apply)

Online or in-person

This workshop is aimed at you if you work with young people in any capacity, and want to improve your knowledge and understanding of domestic and sexual abuse, to enable you to respond appropriately and safely to a disclosure of this nature.

By the end of this workshop, we aim that you will have a better understanding of:

  1. Domestic and sexual abuse
  2. The types and effects of domestic and sexual abuse
  3. Coercive control
  4. The impact domestic and sexual abuse has on young people
  5. Barriers young people may experience to disclosing and engagement
  6. How to respond to disclosures
  7. Risks around domestic and sexual abuse, and disclosures
  8. Safeguarding responsibilities and safety planning
  9. Referral pathways for support for young people

Child Sexual Abuse Awareness (fees may apply)

One day workshop

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to understand more about Child Sexual Abuse or who may be in contact with someone impacted by Child Sexual Abuse.

This may include teachers, nurses, health and social care professionals, police and criminal justice system professionals, therapists, managers, counsellors, students, youth, community or faith sector workers, parents, foster parents, carers and others.

Our aim is that by the end of this workshop you will have:

  1. An increased understanding of the nature and impact of Child Sexual Abuse
  2. An increased awareness of the prevalence of Child Sexual Abuse in Northern Ireland
  3. An improved awareness of the barriers to disclosure
  4. An increased awareness of the experience of people with lived experience of Child Sexual Abuse have
  5. An increased understanding of how to support people with lived experience of Child Sexual Abuse

To enquire about pricing and to book your slot, contact our Early Intervention & Prevention team on training@nexusni.org

 

Your CHOICE Project (free training)

The Your CHOICE Project is kindly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

90 minute tailored workshops for 11 – 25 year olds.

The Your CHOICE project helps contribute towards the awareness among young people of sexual abuse and abusive relationships, educating them on their rights and responsibilities around topics such as Body Image, Cybersafety, Social Media & Me, Consent, Sexual Abuse, Spiking, Sexual Exploitation, Grooming, Healthy Relationships.

Elements of sessions can be mixed to create a tailored session specifically for your group.

 

For more information or to book a workshop please contact: training@nexusni.org

Healthy Relationships

1.5 hour. One off session.

This workshop is aimed at post-primary aged young people and explores what healthy relationships look like.

By the end of the workshop, we aim to have explored the following:

  • What is a healthy relationship? Exploring all types of relationships we have in our lives.

  • What is safe? How do you know you feel safe?  

  • What is an unhealthy relationship? What might it feel like?

  • What is consent?
  • What is an abusive relationship? 

  • How grooming is used in relationships.

  • Understand what coercive control is and the power and impact of it.

  • Understand our boundaries and how to assertively implement them.

  • Summary of what a healthy relationship should consist of.

      Get in touch with our Early Intervention and Prevention team on today to find out more about this workshop. Email training@nexusni.org

 

Child Sexual Exploitation Level 1 (free training)

3 hours. One off session.

This training course is aimed at social workers and professionals working with young people at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

Our aim is that upon completion of this course, you will have:

  • An increased knowledge of the nature, scope and prevalence of Child Sexual Exploitation in Northern Ireland

  • Increased knowledge of the risks and indicators of CSE
  • An understanding of the underlying processes associated with CSE
  • An understanding of the links between abuse, current behaviour and vulnerability to CSE

  • An awareness of key legislation in Northern Ireland related to CSE​

Once you have completed Level 1, you will be ready to embark on Level 2 CSE training which we also offer.

Child Sexual Exploitation Level 2 (free training)

Full day workshop (6 hours)

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Level 1 needs completed before Level 2 can be undertaken. This training course is aimed at social workers and professionals working with young people at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Our aim is that upon completion of this training course, you will have:

 

  • Recapped your learning from Level 1

  • An increased awareness of trauma and the brain​ and the effects of trauma

  • Explored appropriate responses and facilitating CSE disclosures, including evaluating a case study

  • An understanding of the barriers to disclosing

  • An increased awareness of victim blaming using a case study on language and labelling

  • Knowledge of how to report concerns

  • A further enhanced knowledge and understanding of CSE

  • Explored methods of effective intervention with young people

  • A feeling of being better equipped with the skills and resources to engage young people in CSE work

  • Considered the impact on self of working within this area and how to ensure safe practice

Training Videos

We have a range of informational videos which help to educate and engage people in discussions around sexual abuse and abusive relationships.

Find our videos here.

 

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