NOW TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR 2015-16
About the Course
The Independent Sexual Violence Advisor role (ISVA) was commissioned by Baroness Scotland through the Home Office Violent Crime Unit in 2005. ISVA’s have since provided essential, appropriate and timely information, support and advice to victims of sexual violence and helped them engage effectively with the Criminal Justice System. ISVAs now play a vital role in service provision for those who have experienced sexual violence.
This Postgraduate Certificate in Advocacy for Victims of Sexual Violence allows existing and potential ISVAs and any other worker involved in advocacy work with those who have experienced sexual violence; professional recognition and status via a professional postgraduate qualification
This course has been developed and will be taught by leading academics who specialise in sexual violence and practitioners from the sexual violence sector.
This one year 3 module course is designed to enhance participant’s knowledge of the different forms of sexual violence, the theoretical perspectives on causation and the impact of it – but particularly to aid the development of the skills necessary to undertake the ISVA role effectively and professionally in line with Skills for Justice National Occupational Standards (NOS).
1. To provide a knowledge background of the key theoretical perspectives on sexual violence and service delivery including complex ethical issues
2. To provide a stimulating environment for collective discussion and debate in order to increase participants understanding and knowledge of sexual violence and the skills for working with survivors
3. To equip students with a sound knowledge and understanding of the role and responsibilities of the ISVA and the skills required to become effective practitioners in line with National Occupational Standards (NOS)
4. To enable students to develop the practical and analytical skills necessary for them to apply theoretical frameworks and National Occupational Standards (NOS) to practice and thus become problem solving professionals
5. To ensure ISVAs support ‘victims’ of sexual violence appropriately and effectively
6. To advance understanding of the impact of undertaking this course on professional development through reflective practice.
Who should apply?
This course is for existing ISVAs and sexual violence advocates who wish to gain recognition of their role via a professional qualification at an appropriate level that gives professional status. The course is also suitable for and any person who wishes to gain this professional qualification in order to work as a sexual violence advocate/advisor
Though this is a Postgraduate course, those wishing to apply do not have to have achieved education at degree level. This course is open to:
- Those currently in practice in the field of sexual violence
- Those with an interest in becoming a sexual violence professional
Applicants without a first degree (at second class honours or above), or a professional qualification in a specific field may be asked to undertake an informal assessment of written work.
Why Postgraduate Level?
The NCSPVA believe that ISVAs should be qualified to a professional level which gives them professional recognition and status.
Worried that you won’t be able to work to Postgraduate Level?
We recognise that students may have been out of education for some time and concerned about writing in academic format. As a result, we offer support throughout the process as well as proving plenty of opportunity for feedback during the semester.
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Assessment throughout the course will be both formal and informal via:
- Formative and Summative written work
- Tutor observation
- Peer observation
- Group and individual tutorials
- Professional reflection
The course structure is modular, consisting of 3 modules that are designed around the necessary knowledge and understanding required for the ISVA role as dictated by Skills for Justice National Occupational Standards (NOS). The modules are:
1. ISVA4001 An Introduction to the ISVA: Role, Responsibility and Risk
2. ISVA4002 Supporting ‘victims’ of Sexual Violence
3. ISVA4003 Professional Practice: Policy and Procedures
|Each module is taught over 2 X 3 day blocks. Students must attend both blocks (total of 6 days). The dates for 2015-16 are: MODULE CODLE||MODULE TITLE||DATES|
|ISVA4001||The ISVA: Role, Risk and Responsibility||September 24th, 25th and 26th 2015
November 12th, 13th, 14th 2015
|ISVA4002||Supporting survivors of Sexual Violence||February 3rd, 4th and 5th 2016
March 17th, 18th and 19th 2016
|ISVA4003||Professional Practice||April 14th, 15th & 16th
May 26th, 27th and 28th 2016
For an application form or for more information, please contact the NCSPVA Director Ruth Jones OBE email@example.com