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.


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.


Restorative Approaches are all about relationships – making, maintaining and, when necessary, repairing relationships

This two-day course provides an introduction to Restorative Approaches, restorative language and conflict management and form modules 1 & 2 of the full 4-day Restorative Practitioner training.
The aims of the course are:

  • Understand the Restorative Approach – philosophy and mindset
  • How does it differ from current practice?
  • Learn skills to have a restorative conversation with one person
  • Learn and practice skills and techniques for managing conflict and relationships restoratively including informal restorative processes
  • Share ideas and expertise
  • Reflect on current practice and identify next steps

This training is aimed at: Head teachers, Senior Leadership Team, Anti-Bullying Leads, Teaching staff and Pastoral Support Staff. Suitable for primary and secondary schools.


Protective Behaviours Refresher Workshop

  • Did you complete protective behaviours training a while ago?
  • 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.


Upcoming Course Dates in 2022


Foundation Level in Protective Behaviours - £250 

F2F in Oxfordshire on 12th & 13th September from 10-4pm

Virtual - Thursday 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th September from 1-4pm

F2F in Reading on 1st & 2nd November from 10-4pm


Intermediate Level in Protective Behaviours - £500  

To support attendance in these challenging times we have decided to take a blended approach to this course and the sessions have been planned to provide some flexibility by a mixture of face to face sessions and zoom session.

1 session -3rd October - F2F from 1.30 - 4.30

2 session - 10th October - virtual from 1.30 - 4.30

3 session - 17th October - F2F from 10.00 - 4.00

4 session - 31st October - virtual from 1.30 - 4.30

5 Session -7th November - F2F from 1.30 - 4.30  


Practical Refresher Workshops in Protective Behaviours - £50           

Practical workshop         T.B.C


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

For enquiries or to book on to any of our courses please contact us on or 01865 582495


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

“Protective Behaviours is widely applicable, understandable & relevant for all. I will implement it for myself & others (Youth counsellor)

“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)

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.

The course is held on-line and is open practitioners across the Thames Valley at a cost of £15 per delegate.

Upcoming course dates

Thursday 29th September 2022 from 9.30 - 12.30

Wednesday 16th November 2022 from 9.30 - 12.30

For enquiries or to book on to this courses please contact us on or