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Domestic abuse awareness training leads to award nomination for Ayrshire College

Domestic abuse awareness training leads to award nomination for Ayrshire College

Ayrshire College has been shortlisted for an award at the prestigious Times Educational Supplement Further Education Awards for its partnership with Medics Against Violence.

Medics Against Violence previously trained a group of Ayrshire College hair and complementary therapy students in spotting and tackling the signs of domestic abuse, and are now rolling out the training to Ayrshire College staff members.

The innovative partnership has been hailed as a major success, and has received a nomination in the TES Further Education Award’s ‘Contribution to the Local Community’ category. The ceremony takes place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 22 April.

Ayrshire College’s involvement in the pioneering initiative previously featured on BBC Scotland’s Reporting Scotland programme and was also topic of discussion on BBC Radio Scotland’s Call Kaye programme.

The thriving partnership has now progressed to the point where Ayrshire College hair, beauty, complementary therapy and make-up artistry staff are receiving training that will allow them to raise awareness of domestic abuse to students on their courses.

Medics Against Violence have delivered the ‘train the trainer’ session to enable Ayrshire College staff to be confident enough to carry their message forward.

The training will help salon workers spot injuries that might go unnoticed by other people, and give them the confidence to reach out to women affected by domestic abuse.

Previously Medics Against Violence had only delivered their Ask, Validate, Document, Refer (AVDR) style of training to professionals within healthcare, such as dentists, veterinarians and the fire service. However, after they identified hairdressers and beauticians as a potential group to undergo the training, Ayrshire College provided the very first batch of hair and complementary therapy students last year.

Head of Hair, Beauty, Complimentary Therapy and Make-up, Angela Sheridan, said “Professionals within our industry build trusting relationships with their clients. By raising awareness of domestic abuse with trainees or those currently working in our industries, we can demonstrate how these close relationships can really make a difference to the lives of people who are experiencing domestic abuse.”

Police Scotland staff were also in attendance at the Ayr campus of Ayrshire College to receive the training.

PC Thomson, Ayrshire College Campus Liaison Officer stated “I was delighted to participate in the AVDR training programme to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

“Domestic abuse exists in all our communities and I feel it is vital in order to tackle it, that we all have an understanding of domestic abuse and the supporting role that we can provide to those experiencing it. I will look to working in partnership with staff at Ayrshire College to deliver this training to students.”

Dr Christine Goodall of Medics against Violence stated “We were delighted to be asked back to deliver a train the trainers course to salon industry professionals. It is clear to us that they are ideally placed to provide basic support to those suffering abuse and to signpost them towards organisations who can provide further more specialist help, like Scottish Women’s Aid.

“It is vitally important that all members of the community see a role for themselves in providing support to victims of abuse and our hope is that the enthusiasm demonstrated by the course participants will be carried forward into courses with their own students and on into the wider community.”

For more information on the training methods used by Medics Against Violence, visit http://medicsagainstviolence.co.uk/DomesticAbuseTraining.html.


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