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How to develop a Staff training programme

How to deliver a training programme to stop Violence Against Women and Girls:

Good training will ask staff to explore their own attitudes and values on the issues of Violence Against Women and Girls – as well as encouraging partnership working with local statutory and voluntary sector agencies who are able to bring another dimension to a holistic package of preventative work.

Feedback from young people regarding who within the education setting they feel most comfortable talking to about relationship issues often includes non-teaching staff. A key element of the ‘whole school’ approach is that all of the staff get a chance to participate in any related training opportunities. Just as you would expect all staff to take part in Safeguarding training, from teachers, to librarians to lunchtime supervisors, all have a role to play in providing a responsive preventative programme.


Training programme:

We have worked with pilot projects to develop a training programme that responds to the needs of an education organisation and finds ways to dedicate time to staff training, bearing in mind that education organisations already have a packed agenda.

This training schedule works with the requirements of a organisation. Although, ideally an organisation will dedicate 3 days training for all staff, we are aware that we need to start slowly to build support for staff training in the organisation. Therefore, the training programme below is flexible to suit the time offered by the organisation. In our pilot project, organisations then went on to ask for more training support and dedicated time in the coming years to make it happen.

For more information look at this AVA Outline of Training Programme for regional needs


A range of activities and information can be used to train staff on stopping Violence Against Women and Girls.

A pilot project developed a 2 hour twilight training session that you can adapt: AVATwilight2hrs 


How to assess training needs:

Any training for staff teams needs to be adaptable to meet the needs of all members of the education setting’s workforce.

Assessing needs regarding training is the first step to ensure that you are ‘getting it right’ for staff in order that they in turn can do the same for young people. An easy way to assess training needs is via a training assessment tool – click here for a sample training assessment tool that can be adapted for use in your education setting. The training needs assessment tool can also be adapted for non-teaching / non-frontline staff.

You can download a AVATrainingNeedsAnalysis to send out to the staff before delivering the sessions. Try to get as many returned before the session as possible so that you can create a training plan that responds to the needs of the staff.

Key questions to ask staff: