Certificate in Safeguarding

Everything you need to know about safeguarding and intimate partner violence all in one weekend's training.

Course overview:

Safeguarding is one area of this work that causes counsellors and therapists a high level of anxiety, and online guidance is often outdated or sends mixed messages.

Come and spend time with experienced safeguarding professionals, unpicking the nuances of this complex topic. This experiential 2-day training will support therapists at all stages of their careers to gain a robust understanding of what is required of them to keep their clients safe.

While giving you a firm foundation in all areas of safeguarding, we will offer a deep dive into working with clients where there are concerns about Intimate Partner violence. You will be given up-to-date and important information about the law and ethical responsibilities and will learn how to work safely when legal proceedings may be initiated.

About this course

  • Course Duration:2 days
  • Next intake:Friday 10 & Saturday 11 May 2024
  • CPD Value:12 Hours
  • Level:Level 5 equivalence
  • Fee:£250 + VAT = £300
Do you have a question? Get in touch with a member of the team who will be happy to help

Safeguarding can feel daunting at times . . . !


  • Do you feel confident in your safeguarding knowledge?
  • Perhaps you covered this topic briefly in your core training, but feel like there are many unanswered questions?
  • Would you know how to act if you identified some at significant risk of harm?
  • Would you like to know more about how to manage intimate partner violence and domestic abuse in the therapy room?

UKCP states that a therapist should:

“Safeguard children and vulnerable adults, recognising your legal responsibilities concerning their rights and taking appropriate action should you consider any such person is at risk of harm.”

BACP states:

“We share a responsibility with all other members of our professions for the safety and wellbeing of all clients and their protection from exploitation or unsafe practice. We will take action to prevent harm caused by practitioners to any client”

Equip yourself with our practical toolkit prepared by experts – to help you act appropriately in a range of safeguarding matters.

  1. To gain a secure understanding of what is expected from you ethically as a therapist/counsellor.
  2. To break myths surrounding legal frameworks and legal responsibility.
  3. To understand how to organise paperwork and structure your documentation to underpin good safeguarding practice.
  4. To feel confident in using risk assessment tools to gauge the impact of potential harm.
  5. To know who to contact for support and when a referral outside of therapy may be needed.
  6. To understand the protocols of working with pre-trial clients.
  7. To gain confidence in supporting clients’ disclosure of Intimate partner violence and historical abuse.
  8. To sharpen skills in a trauma-informed approach to safeguarding.

Course Content

Friday – The foundations of safeguarding, legal vs ethical frameworks, contracting and documentation, working with suicidality, managing risks to children and families, safeguarding adults at risk, making disclosures and breaking confidentiality, social care protocols, non-leading questioning techniques.

Saturday – Introductions to Intimate Partner Violence and Domestic Abuse. Legal frameworks and therapists’ responsibility, consent, pre-trial therapy, making disclosures, working with historical disclosures of sexual abuse, individual therapy clients vs. couple therapy clients, and safety planning.

Who should attend?

This training is suitable for qualified or nearly qualified therapists and counsellors and is aimed primarily at those working with adults in private practice. However, as many safeguarding concerns are family-centred, we will also discuss critical issues around safeguarding children who are part of your client’s network too.

Participation on Zoom

Please note that active participation is required for this training in the style of small group tasks and whole group discussions. This is not suitable for a listen-along style of attendance. Input from each group member is actively encouraged. Thanks for your understanding.

How is the training delivered?

You will benefit from a mix of taught sessions, small group work on case studies and larger group discussions. Our aim is to get to the heart of what safeguarding means in therapeutic work, and how to hold a trauma-informed perspective that keeps the client at the centre of your decision-making. There will be lots of opportunities for questions and to get your questions answered.

What will we cover?

We will look in depth at issues around intimate partner violence and sexual violence, leaving participants confident in knowing what to do to best support their clients welfare, carefully balancing the confidentiality and the therapeutic alliance.

Over the 2 days, we will explore best practice for record keeping, who to share information with and when, and consider how your practice setup helps or hinders safeguarding.

This is a unique opportunity to discuss the complex nuances of safeguarding with professionals who have worked in this field for many years.

CPD certificates will be issued to reflect 12 hours of CPD across 2 days of attendance.

This workshop will be held entirely on Zoom.

The course is held on the weekend of Friday 10 May 2024 and Saturday 11 May 2024.

Times each day: 10 am – 4:30 pm

£250 + VAT = £300 payable in full or by instalments. 
A non-refundable deposit of £100 is payable to secure a place on this course. After that, the total remaining payable must be reached 6 weeks before the start date of the course.
The course fee includes all training materials and the CPD certificate.

Meet the trainers

Shana Laffy

Specialist in safeguarding

Integrative Relationship Therapist, Safeguarding Consultant and Trainer. MBACP, PGCE, Adv Dip, QTS

Rima Hawkins

Specialist in intimate partner violence

Accredited Sex & Relationship Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor & EMDR Therapist

Application criteria

Applicants are expected to be qualified and experienced professionals in a mental health or helping profession, who are established in their practice. This will be covered in the application form. All applicants are expected to:

  • be qualified and experienced in their field
  • be full members of their professional body with a code of ethics and complaint procedure for publiprotection (such as but not limited to BACP, UKCP, COSRT, BPS, AHPP, NCP, NCS, ACC)
  • hold professional liability insurance
  • have supervision arrangements in place for their work with clients or supervisees

Professional standards

The Grove Practice is accredited by NCIP (National Council for Integrative Psychotherapists) as a CPD training centre. As such, all The Grove’s courses are awarded NCIP accreditation for CPD (Continuous Professional Development). This accreditation provides reassurance regarding high standards of teaching and course content. The NCIP is one of the longest-established membership organisations for this profession, formed in 1971 following the “Foster Report” on the statutory registration of psychotherapists, with a national and international network of therapists.

This retreat is recognised as CPD as part of membership requirements for professional bodies such as BACP, UKCP, AHPP, BPS, NCIP, NCPS, COSRT.

About this course

  • Course Duration:2 days
  • Next intake:Friday 10 & Saturday 11 May 2024
  • CPD Value:12 Hours
  • Level:Level 5 equivalence
  • Fee:£250 + VAT = £300
Do you have a question? Get in touch with a member of the team who will be happy to help

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