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In-house training

We have been providing accessible and affordable training on women and the law for over 30 years. Our specialist team of solicitors and barristers can tailor courses to meet your needs and deliver the training at a venue of your choice.

Current off the shelf courses:

Follow up refresher courses – we can also follow up your in-house course with an update and refresher session.

Don't see what you're looking for? Let us know your needs and we can produce a course proposal for you and your team.


The basics

You can be assured that your staff will be trained by experts. Our trainers are practising women solicitors or barristers with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Our trainers write our legal publications, advise on our legal advice lines and participate in advocacy on women's rights issues through a combination of activism and engagement with Government. They will make the law clear, accessible and 'user-friendly'.

All of our courses are unique, practical and interactive, a mix of presentations, case studies and activities, to accommodate different learning styles. A full course pack including practical support materials will be provided for each participant, to ensure your staff get the most out of the training and enhance their knowledge and skills.

All courses are one day (5 hours).

Cost effective training

Our in-house training is competitively priced. We can train up to 20 participants on a course. You are welcome to invite participants from outside of your organisation and charge them an attendance fee to help you fundraise or meet the training costs.

Concessionary rate: £840

This works out at just £42 per participant.

This rate applies to:

  • Small voluntary sector organisations (income less than £500k)

Standard rate: £1575

This works out at just £78.75 per person.

This rate applies to:

  • Large voluntary sector organisations (income above £500k)
  • Statutory organisations
  • Other/private sector organisations

In addition to the above we also charge for our trainer’s travel and reasonable subsistence costs (which may include overnight accommodation if necessary).

Cancellation Policy

If the cancellation is received within two weeks of the course date the full fee will be charged.

If the cancellation is received up to two weeks before the course date there will be a cancellation charge of £50.00

In addition to the above, we will charge any costs we have incurred for the course (for example: booked travel tickets, accommodation, courier costs, trainer preparation etc).


Make an enquiry

Contact our Training Officer to make an enquiry or discuss your needs on 0207 251 6575 or email training@row.org.uk

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Courses

Mackenzie friends, working for women. A course for non-lawyers supporting survivors of violence at court and beyond

This exciting one-day course will provide a full update on relevant legal and practical changes effecting victims of domestic violence, including recent and forthcoming changes to legal aid. Following the Government’s announcement that ‘Claire’s law’ and the new domestic violence protection order programme are to be rolled-out nationwide it is vital that anyone supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence is familiar with these and other relevant legal changes.

This course will assist you to support and act as a Mackenzie friend for women survivors of violence. This practical course will go through the process of acquiring a non-molestation / occupation order including drafting application forms and witness statements and supporting women at court. The course will explain the rules on Mackenzie friends and empower you to assist women to gain protection from violence from the civil courts within these rules. It will also cover enforcement through both the civil and criminal justice systems.

Participants will receive a full resource pack and relevant materials.

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Understanding the changes to legal aid - Half day

(We can also offer this as a full day course)

On 1 April 2013 very significant changes were made to the legal aid scheme which affect women’s access to legal advice and representation in key areas of law. This half day course will provide an overview of changes to legal aid for family law and immigration and asylum law cases and an understanding of what provision remains available for women affected by violence. It will enable you to identify whether your service users are eligible for legal aid and support them in making an application.

This course will also explore the government’s current consultation on further changes to the scheme which, if introduced, will affect survivors of violence including proposals to introduce a residence test and changes to criminal law legal aid.

Participants will receive a full resource pack and relevant materials.

We are pleased to be able to offer this half-day course at a greatly reduced rate. Please contact the Training Officer for further details.

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Getting the Basics: An introduction to family law

On 1st April 2013 access to civil legal aid was drastically reduced. Public funding for divorce and private law children matters, is no longer available unless a woman has recent evidence that she has experienced domestic violence. This one day course, which provides the basics of family law and on changes to legal aid, is vital in order to give you the knowledge to help women to understand their rights and to assist them to access these through the law.

This course will provide an update on the changes to legal aid and enable you to identify whether your service users are eligible for legal aid for family law matters and support them in making an application.

The morning session aims to clarify the law on divorce and financial relief including the legal process, the range of orders the court can make and the legal principals applied when deciding how property and money is to be divided. As well as explaining the legal position for women who are not married or in a civil partnership, further to relationship breakdown, including their rights to property.

The afternoon session will look at financial provision for children, followed by an overview of the Children Act 1989 and the law on child contact and residence. Finally, the course will examine how women experiencing domestic violence can get protection through the law including non-molestation, occupation orders, forced marriage protection orders and restraining orders.

Participants will receive a full resource pack and relevant materials.

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Family law after the cuts: getting the basics

On 1st April 2013 access to civil legal aid was drastically reduced. Public funding for divorce and private law children matters is no longer available unless a woman has recent evidence that she has experienced domestic violence. This one day course, which provides the basics of family law and changes to legal aid, is vital in order to give you the knowledge to help women to understand their rights and to assist them to access these through family law.

This course will provide an update on the changes to legal aid and enable you to identify whether your service users are eligible for legal aid for family law matters and support them in making an application.

The morning session aims to clarify the law on divorce and financial relief, including the legal process, completing a divorce petition, the range of orders the court can make and the legal principals applied when deciding how property and money is to be divided. The legal position for women who are not married or in a civil partnership experiencing relationship breakdown will also be explained, and this will include an explanation of their rights to property and the financial provision for children, including the recent changes to child support.

The afternoon session will focus on children and the law, including the key principals in the Children Act 1989 and how to use these; parental responsibility, contact, residence, prohibited steps orders and specific issue orders; the correct procedure the court should follow where a domestic violence perpetrator is seeking child contact, CAFCASS; and the role of support workers as Mackenzie friends.

Participants will receive a full resource pack and relevant materials.

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Seeking Refuge: supporting asylum seeking women

Asylum-seeking women are some of the most marginalised and vulnerable women in our society, caught up in an often incomprehensible system that will determine whether or not they can secure protection in the UK or be returned to their country of origin. This one-day course is a practical and insightful introduction to the asylum process and how decisions are made and challenged. The course aims to give participants a basic understanding of the law on asylum and human rights as well as fresh claims. It also covers asylum support, practical issues for support workers assisting a woman to claim asylum, and up-to-date information about access to legal aid and the further changes anticipated.

Participants will receive a full resource pack and relevant materials.

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Supporting survivors of sexual violence

Understand the provisions of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and how it applies to victims of rape and sexual assault with this fully interactive and well-established course. The course aims to make often complicated law accessible and furthermore examines the criminal justice process in detail along with crucial support available for survivors of sexual violence who choose to report to the police.

This course has been extended and updated to include the law and support for victims of historical sexual abuse – often a difficult area of law, and also makes use of new materials to give participants the relevant knowledge and skills to support a victim applying for criminal injuries compensation.

Participants will receive a full resource pack and relevant materials.

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Protecting children from domestic violence: children and the law

This one day course will enable you to support survivors of domestic violence by helping you to understand and clarify the complex public and private law that relates to children. This course will provide an update on the changes to legal aid and enable you to identify whether your service users are eligible for legal aid and support them in making an application.

The morning session will investigate the key concept of parental responsibility and then focus on local authority involvement with children in domestic violence cases, explaining care and supervision proceedings, adoption and special guardianship. The afternoon will focus on the law on contact and residence, the court’s procedure in domestic violence and child contact. It will then examine the practice and procedure of contact proceedings and clarify the new enforcement procedures brought about by the Children and Adoption Act 2006.

Participants will receive a full resource pack and relevant materials.

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Stop the traffic!
Supporting women who have been trafficked for sexual exploitation

Trafficking is a violation of human rights and a form of violence against women that raises profound and complex legal issues for all those involved. This unique one-day course will enable you to navigate and assess the National Referral Mechanism (the system that has been developed to identify and protect victims of trafficking in the UK), as well as covering how you can support a woman who claims asylum in the UK or goes through criminal proceedings as a victim or defendant. Feel confident supporting women who have been trafficked into the UK and develop your skills and knowledge of this fascinating area of law.

Participants will receive a full resource pack and relevant materials.

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Domestic violence and DIY injunctions: the complete guide

A vital course for anyone who works with survivors of domestic violence or needs an update on civil injunctions. Starting with an in-depth look at non-molestation, occupation orders and restraining orders. Participants will examine all aspects of the orders and tackle the problem area of enforcement. The course will provide an overview of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, the criminal offence of harassment and an introduction to the new criminal offences of Stalking and Stalking: Putting Someone in Fear of Violence.

With the removal of family legal aid with limited exceptions resulting in less solicitors available to take on injunction work coupled with financial contributions required for most women who are eligible, the emphasis will also be on the procedural practicalities, making the application, drafting witness statements attending court - participants will learn how to apply for a non-molestation order, and how to assist a woman who is unrepresented in these proceedings.

Participants will receive a full resource pack and relevant materials.

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Breaking the Cycle: using civil and criminal remedies to protect women from violence

All too often women receive only partial information as to their legal options when experiencing domestic violence. This course has been compiled so that participants gain a full knowledge of all legal remedies possible for victims of domestic violence and learn how to tailor their advice on available options for each individual woman they are supporting. Participants will be provided with a thorough knowledge of non-molestation and occupation orders, including enforcement options and how to apply. An overview of criminal law remedies available for victims of domestic violence will be provided as well as a discussion of remedies under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and the new criminal offences of Stalking and Stalking: Putting Someone in Fear of Violence.

Participants will receive a full resource pack and relevant materials.

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Forced Marriage: gaining protection through the law

Forced marriage is an abuse of human rights and a form of violence against women. This half-day course will enhance your knowledge of the law and enable you to support women and girls at risk of, or who have experienced, forced marriage. The course explains the legal remedies that exist to protect victims of forced marriage and will give you an understanding of the procedure for getting a forced marriage protection order.

The law on forced marriage is due to change in Spring 2014, this course will provide an update these changes, including, criminalisation of breach of a forced marriage protection order and the new criminal offence of forced marriage.

This course will explain the changes to legal aid for family law and provide a vital update on the forced marriage and domestic violence evidence requirements for accessing legal aid and enable you to support your service users in making an application.

Participants will receive a full resource pack and relevant materials.

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Just married? The law on marriage, divorce and forced marriage

This "myth-busting" one day course will enable you to support women from the UK and abroad to understand marriage, divorce and forced marriage. The morning session will enable you to identify a legal marriage, and understand the law on foreign and religious marriages, as well as explaining the legal consequences of marriage. The course will then clarify the ways in which a marriage can be ended (divorce, judicial separation and annulment) and finally give an overview of the law on financial relief further to the breakdown of a marriage.

The law on forced marriage is due to change in Spring 2014, this course will provide an update these changes, including, criminalisation of breach of a forced marriage protection order and the new criminal offence of forced marriage.

This course will also provide an update on the changes to legal aid and enable you to identify whether your service users are eligible for legal aid and support them in making an application.

Participants will receive a full resource pack and relevant materials.

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We have trained many leading organisations including:

British Red Cross
Refuge
Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organisation
Women’s Housing Action Group
Lincolnshire County Council
Nottingham Domestic Violence Forum



Feedback

“The training was absolutely superb, followed with excellent resource materials and handouts. The trainer was amazing, very knowledgeable but also very approachable and helpful…and answered all questions. Brilliant!”

“The trainer made complex legal remedies simple to understand”

“Very informative, well delivered, 'must have' for front line practitioners”

“If you want to be trained by the experts, go to Rights of Women”