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Domestic Abuse, child abuse, trafficking and sexploitation, are all common themes in today’s media, culture and society. We know that there are masses of statistics, reporting and research conducted by various police bodies, local authorities and national DV agencies that illustrate the scale of the problem in our British towns and cities.

In the news and media recently we have seen a frenzy of reporting and numerous stories of historical child sexual abuse, high profile domestic abuse cases and investigations which we hope will bring about changes in the law, ultimately helping to stamp out these issues and prevent more people from becoming victims. Despite this, there seems to be little in the way of positive and constructive action to tackle abuse in all forms on a broader scale.

We all hear and feel saddened by the statistics, but often we can be left feeling powerless to change things and make a real difference. However The Freedom Programme can do just that, through training professionals in all sectors from grassroots level through management and up to strategic levels, including Family Support Workers, Social Workers, Teachers, Head Teachers, Police, Commisssioners, GP’s, Nurses, Health Visitors, Midwives, Therapists, Judges, Solicitors, Probation Officers, Prison Officers…The list is literally endless.

The Freedom Programme provides professionals working with victims affected by all forms of abuse with the knowledge, insight and information on best practice and tools that explain the complexities within an abusive dynamic. The Freedom Programme enables effective support to victims in their recovery.

Clare Walker is one of only a few Licensed Freedom Programme trainers delivering Domestic Abuse training across the UK. And now Clare Walker also works in partnership with Pat Craven; creator of the Freedom Programme, delivering the 3 day Freedom Programme facilitators training to professionals across the Midlands region.

So why did Pat Craven write the Freedom Programme? Here’s a few words extracted from her book; Living With The Dominator explaining why;

“…when a woman is being subjected to abuse she feels that she is in the middle of a very confusing mess, that must somehow, be her fault. The Freedom Programme reveals to us, that this simply is not true!”

Freedom Programme clarifies the facts for those who attend, thereby giving them their own freedom.

The Freedom Programme has now successfully gained Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Certification. Please note that this only applies to training taking place in the Midlands when booked via www.freedomprogramme.co.uk.

We are pleased to announce that there are various training dates across the Midlands for the popular Freedom Programme Facilitators training and Introduction to Freedom Programme courses. This is what one delegate at the recent training in Derby had to say about her experience of attending:

“A very big thank you for the training in Derby. It was possibly the best DV training I have attended, and given I usually work with perpetrators, it was refreshing to have training in which the beliefs etc were stated in the first person. This made it feel real. I am very much looking forward to delivering the programme to our female offenders at probation, many of whom have a history of DV and their experiences of victimisation have impacted on the criminality.”

Probation Officer

Forthcoming training dates for Birmingham, Nottingham, Northampton and Derby.

  • 19th June, CPD 1 day Introduction to Freedom Programme training in Nottingham
  • 29th 30th June & 1st July,3 day Freedom Programme training in Birmingham
  • 13th, 14th & 15th July, 3 day Freedom Programme training in Northampton
  • TBC Sept date. 3 day Freedom Programme training in Nottingham
  • 9th, 10th & 11th March 2016, 3 day Freedom Programme training in Derby
    For more information and to book

The Introduction to the Freedom Programme, really does what it says on the tin and now includes 5 hours of CPD points.

The Facilitator Training for professionals is an intense 3 day course also including 14 hours of CPD points.

This training enables professionals to learn how to spot a dominator by identifying the traits, personas and early warning signs of Domestic Abuse. Undertaking this training will ensure the delegates are up to date on best practice and enable professionals to lead their own Freedom Programme support groups for victims in their service and locality.

For more information about the Freedom Programme or to book any of the Midlands dates see www.freedomprogramme.co.uk. For bespoke domestic abuse or safeguarding training outside of the Midlands please see Services or contact Clare Walker Consultancy for more information.

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