Training for professionals

SAFE! is an accredited training centre of the Protective Behaviours Consortium CIC (PBC) and delivers several training courses across the Thames Valley throughout the year.

We provide regular ‘Protective Behaviours’ courses across the counties and run some one-off trainings in different parts of the Thames Valley. For further details on the course and dates when they run see below.

These courses are aimed at professionals working with children and young adults in various capacities.


NEW TO 2023 - PBC Introduction to Protective Behaviours

The Introduction to Protective Behaviours is a detailed yet accessible course that explores the concept of feeling safe and focuses on the recognition of feeling safe as a fundamental human requirement. It explores everyone’s right to feel safe through the introduction of key Protective Behaviours Principles. This is a robust course that enables professionals to consider the effects of feeling unsafe on trauma and consider how Protective Behaviours Principles can support an organisations approach. 

Progression pathway: PBC Foundation Level Protective Behaviours Course (accredited).

The purpose of the course is to:

  • Understand the key principles of the Protective Behaviours Process.
  • Explore ‘feeling safe’ as a fundamental human need and the value of this as a human right.
  • Give an overview of the benefits that Protective Behaviours offers in supporting effective safeguarding.
  • Recognise the significance of being connected, having a network of support, to build individual resilience and develop safe relationships.
  • Achieve 6+ CPD hours; receive PBC Certificate; receive ‘PBC Introduction to Protective Behaviours’ E-manual.


PBC Foundation Level in Protective Behaviours
This is an internationally recognised approach to building emotional literacy and resilience in children, young people and adults. It is a pragmatic approach to personal safety awareness encouraging empowerment and teaching strategies to counter abusive behaviour. The training will develop helpful exercises and approaches to be used widely in work with all children, young people and vulnerable adults.

The purpose of the course is to:

  • Introduce participants to the principles and strategies of the Protective Behaviours Process
  • Demonstrate how Protective Behaviours can be used to develop professional practice, support safer relationships, develop good safeguarding practice, and provide a safe approach to improving personal wellbeing
  • Enable learners to achieve an accredited Protective Behaviours Qualification (QCF)


Protective Behaviours Intermediate (Champions) Level Course

The PBC Intermediate Level Protective Behaviours course is offered to people who have completed a Protective Behaviours Foundation Level course. The course provides professional development and progression onto a higher-level Protective Behaviours course. It enables participants to feel more competent as PB practitioners by deepening their understanding of the PB Process. By extending their knowledge and skills they can take on a lead role as a Protective Behaviours ‘Champion’. They will be more able and effective in embedding PBs, not only at a practical level but a strategic and cultural level within teams and organisations.

Champions have a significant role in supporting the continued professional development of colleagues in their workplace and ensuring lifelong learning skills which benefit the individual and organisation.

The Intermediate Level Course is offered with an accredited qualification: The Open College Network West Midlands (OCNWM) Level 2 Award in Workplace Learning Champions.


Protective Behaviours Refresher Workshop

  • Did you complete Protective Behaviours training a while ago?
  • Did you complete your training virtually and would like the opportunity to have some hands-on ideas?
  • Would you like to refresh your knowledge and understanding of PBs?
  • Would you like the opportunity to reflect on your PB practice?
  • Would you like to share practice and gain new ideas for using PBs?

If you have answered yes to any of the above, we are providing practical workshops.

The aims of the workshop are to provide participants with:

  • The opportunity to revise and reflect on the PB process.
  • Consider how to use in practice.
  • Share ideas and resources to implement confidently.


Course Dates for 2023


PBC Introduction to Protective Behaviours - £150 

Oxfordshire on 6th November 2023

New dates coming soon


Foundation Level in Protective Behaviours - £260 

2-day face to face foundation course:

New dates coming soon


Virtual foundation course - £260

7th, 14th, 21st & 28th November 2023 from 9.30 – 12.30

Please note this course is split over 4 weeks and you will need to attend all 4 sessions.


Practical Refresher Workshops in Protective Behaviours - £60           

New dates coming soon


We also run whole team trainings, please get in touch to discuss.

For enquiries or to book on to any of our courses please email or call 01865 582495


“Flexible training, very practical and not death by powerpoint” (Secondary teacher)

“The course is extremely insightful, it has made me realise that I can use what I have learnt in various situations with different individuals. The content is very useful” (Student Social Worker)

“One of the best training courses I have been on” (Headteacher, early years)

“The trainer made everything so relevant to my role in working with young people” (Early help practitioner)

“It's a course that makes you think about wellbeing and safety not only in the contexts of young people but also useful for the older individuals” (Social Worker)

SAFE! is an accredited centre of
Protective Behaviours Consortium CIC (PBC)
The National organisation for Protective Behaviours in the UK


Introduction to Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse Training Course

This certified course is an interactive, practical session introducing the themes of Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse. It is designed to raise awareness of CAPVA and provide participants with an opportunity to explore the dynamics of the issue and strategies to support families.

Information will be provided on definitions, background theories, prevalence, risk factors, case studies and behaviour patterns and an overview of models of work will be provided.

The session aims to increase practitioner knowledge of this issue and explore ways to respond, give an example of an intervention and some useful activities for supporting both parents and young people. 

Learning Objectives:

  • To gain an understanding of the dynamics and contexts of CAPVA
  • To gain an overview of background theory, sector statistics and risk factors 
  • To understand the barriers and approaches for engaging families
  • To look at key strategies in supporting families facing CAPVA
  • To increase knowledge about current service provision and developing practice 

Who should attend? 

This half-day (3hrs) course is suitable for all those who currently work with young people or families and wish to further their knowledge on CAPVA. It is suitable for both frontline practitioners and service managers including domestic abuse specialists, youth offending teams, social care & children’s services, police, NHS, youth workers, parenting workers, educationalists etc. Some prior knowledge in relation to understanding of domestic abuse would be beneficial but not essential.

We also offer bespoke training for teams, including more in depth practical approaches to supporting families experiencing Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse.

Contact us for more details

Upcoming course dates

New dates coming soon

For enquiries or to book on to this course, please email


100% of delegates over the last two years said they would recommend the training to a colleague!

"been to a lot of online training over lockdown but this was genuinely excellent - well done and thank you both muchly!" 

"Brilliant training that has left me wanting more!"

"It was a really powerful and well developed training session for all practitioners - thank you"

"This training was very informative and well delivered! All information was useful and relevant and provided a very detailed insight into the lives of families who experience CVP. Everything was covered, from what it is, the effects to the strategies and the positive impact the interventions can have.