Over the three-day facilitator training, practitioners will gain an understanding of the complex dynamics of teenage relationship abuse, grooming, CSE, sexual coercion and the impact on mental health. Each week of the programme will be explored in depth so practitioners will feel confident and equipped to deliver it at the end of the training.
Escape the Trap facilitator training will support practitioners to learn about the:
- Concept & structure of the programme
- Group agreements
- Exploring one’s own thinking and understanding about teenage relationship abuse, grooming, sexual coercion and coercive control
- Additional risk factors
- Generating discussion with young people
- Develop ways to address the difficult and sensitive issue of teenage relationship abuse using experiential activities and self‑reflection
- Understanding prevalence of abuse via social media platforms
- Working flexibly to meet the needs of your group
- Safety planning with young people
- Monitoring risk
- Applying the programme in one‑to‑one work
Escape the Trap facilitator training is ideal for those working in schools, PRU’s, youth settings, youth offending, therapeutic services, young people’s support services, health, CYP services or in specialist DV services. The programme is also accessible to use one-to-one with the accompanying Escape the Trap workbook or the online interactive workbook resource.
The Escape the Trap facilitator training event provides an intensive learning experience over three days.
It is recommended that practitioners have completed domestic and sexual violence & abuse training and have some experience working with clients and those who are/have experienced domestic abuse or teenage relationship abuse.
All practitioners must have completed recognised safeguarding training.
Feedback from practitioners
I have really enjoyed Escape the Trap training and I am looking forward to delivering it with young people.
Escape the Trap training gives you an in depth look at teen abusive relationships. It has greatly impacted my awareness and I feel more confident working with young people.
The training has really helped me to learn how to deliver the Escape the Trap programme. Cathy was really good at delivering the training and keeping us all on track with the learning.
Escape the Trap training has so incresed my awareness of the way teens will perceive their relationships and the barriers to seeking support.
The Escape the Trap training has opened my mind to the different types of abuse young women experience and how it differs from adults. Every day ws filled with lots of information.
This excellent training has opened my eyes for sure. It helped me realise what a sheltered life I live and took me out of my comfort zone. I really enjoyed the training. Well done.
This training was brilliant!! Trainer very knowledgeable, clear, concise and fair. It really enabled me to see abuse through the eyes of a teenager. Thank you Cathy. I am looking forward to delivering the programme.
Thank you Cathy! I am looking forward to putting all your hard work into use. Escape the Trap will make a big differenct to the young people in Nottingham.
This training increased my existing knowledge more significantly, the context of the differences between the Mindmixer and the Charmer! I was able to really develop a strong clarity between different types of behaviours and the impact of such abuse. Very good training!
Trainer was very good at making me re-think about different styles of delivering Escape the Trap. There is a great mix of exercises, group work and role play. Very good in-depth package. Looking forward to delivering it.
Very well delivered!! Great training – would recommend. Lots of our opinions validated and we learnt new ways of looking at the situations our young people face. It was a nice change to have a trainer that could teach us something further about a subject we work with all the time.
My understanding has been greatly enhanced during this three day course I feel fully equipped to run the programme to young people. Excellent training which I will recommend to others.
A really informative and interesting course which has certainly extended my awareness. I really enjoyed the three days. Thank you Cathy.
The trainer and the training were brilliant.
Thank you. A really great resource which I know will be really helpful!
Escape the Trap trianing has made me much more aware of the threat of dv amongst teenagers. It would be wonderful to run this programme throughout schools nationwide and it be fully funded! THis is imperative for the future well-being of our young people.
Cathy has a clear knowledge of teenage relationship abuse which comes across in every aspect of your delivery. Lots of information has been shared and ideas learnt. Thank you for making the training so informative and interesting.
Escape the Trap training has clearly and thoroughly informed me on the issues faced and the forms of domestic abuse that can be carried out. I feel confident in educating young people about this.
Cathy was brilliant at clearly informing us as a group about stats, facts, issues etc, and was able to place us in the minds of young people at all times. Thank you for all your help, guidance and for clearly understanding our opinions and the challenges faced in our roles. I thoroughly enjoyed the course!
The trainer was great – down to earth and confident at what she was delivering. I have so much more awareness on young people vulnerable to abusive relationships and delivery approaches.
This training has really consolidated my learning and given the opportunity for some great discussions on teenage relationship abuse and supporting young people.
I loved this course. I have learned lots of new ways of thinking in terms of the teenage mind and language. Really helpful. Lots of clear explanations and really good opportunities for discussion.
I have a lot more insight into noticing the early signs of young busive relationships. The training used a good mixture of learning styles. thank you. Very good and very interesting.
This course was really great. The trainer was very good at opening up the young people’s perspective and teenager’s thinking.
I really enjoyed my learning experience on this training. It took me step by step through the eyes of a teenager what abusive behaviours look like in their relationships.
I am a ‘Freedom Programme’ facilitator, so have awareness, but have struggled to make Freedom Programme appropriate to effectively support teenagers. Escape the Trap progamme does that. I feel very confident to deliver this. Cathy is very knowledgeable and passionate about the topic area. There was a lot of supporting information in different formats. I would reccommend this training opportunity!
I was previousl unaware of the extent of relationship abuse for young people. I really enjoyed this training. It was well paced and discussions were comfortable. 3 days was just right.
This training has given me a much better idea how to present controlling and abusive behaviours in a relatable way to young people. It is very interesting and I particularly enjoyed the group discussion and practice. Cathy is a really skilled trainer who is very clear and easy to understand.
Escape the Trap is a brilliant course and I wish this had been available previously. I have found something so useful that will support young people. I have learned so much and can’t wait to pass on the knowledge.
The Escape the Trap training has given me more knowledge and insight into a subject that I didn’t know that much about. The workbooks and training manual are excellent resources that make delivering the programme easy! Thank you for an enjoyable three days training.
I really enjoyed this training. Escape the Trap is an inclusive programme, simply delivered and very interactive. I am much more aware of how the issue impacts young people. Cathy very easy to approach and talk to.
Escape the Trap is a great programme to help young people have better relationships and not fall into the trap of abusive relationships. The training answered so many questions!
This training has massively impacted my awareness of teen abusive relationships. The programme breaks down the issue in a way that is easy to understand enabling you to impart with young people. A fantastic experience.
I now have a very thorough understanding of each aspect of a controlling person – the characteristics and traits. The training was well presented, engaging with plenty of discussion and no embarrasing role play! The materials for Escape the Trap are really good. Cathy is a very knowledgeable and passionate presenter.
The training has given me a better understanding of teenage relationship abuse. It was informative with lots of discussion based learning and feedback. Escape the Trap is an excellent programme. Thank you!
A well-paced, informative, collaborative and compassionate training. This training has re-charged and updated my knowledge of the issues facing young people in abusive relationships. Thank you!
I now have increased knowledge of various types of abusive behaviour. Many examples offered and the link to consequences for the victim. Thank you.
Cathy was brilliant to work with and got the whole group working in a creative and dynamic way. I feel much more able to be proactive around the impact of abusive behaviour in young realtionships and am keen to assist my students to be more aware.
This training has had a great impact and certainly extended my awareness as well as taking me back to basics in terms of applying the programme in groups and one to one. A very informative and interesting course. Thank you!
This is an excellent training and would highly recommend to others.
My understanding has been much enhanced during this three day training. I feel I am much better equipped now to to respond to the issue and deliver this programme in schools.
Astounding! I have a better understanding of subject and how best to engage young people using this programme. Thank you for developing a tailor-made programme for young people.
Escape the Trap has given me much more awareness on issues relating specifically to teens/young people. Can’t wait to use it in schools.
A resource specifically for targetted at young people. It is really helpful programme. Thank you.
I have a much better understanding of relationship abuse from a young persons point of view.
Fabulous resource to use with young people to educate them about teenage abuse in relationships.
I have a clearer understanding of the problems young people have to deal with today. Very worthwhile!!
This training is accessible for the facilitator as the programme is for young people. It encourages a comprehensive overview, understanding and insight into teenage behaviours and relationships.
This training is a must for anyone working with children & young people. Teenage realtionship abuse is prevalent and this programme enables young people to explore their relationships and gain understanding of what a healthy relationship looks like in a safe way. It allows young people to recognise the dangers of abuse and the potentil impact and how to keep themselves safe and make change. The training was educating, interesting, thought provoking, real, powerful giving me tools I can use to affect change!
Thank you for your training. I really enjoyed it due to the balance and variety accomodating all learning styles and keeping everyone engaged. Excellent programme and is a clear learning tool to address the issues with young people.
I really enjoyed this course. It was very informative and I can now recognise differing types of behaviour and early warning signs in relationships.
This training increased my understanding of the characteristics of abusive relationships. Cathy’s knowledge and experience was invaluable.
The training provided a good mix of discussions, interesting visuals and lecture. Cathy was enthusiastic and committed and this motivated the participants well.
I thoroughly enjoyed the training and am looking forward to using it to help the young people I am working with. It increased my understanding and awareness of teenage relationship abuse. The trainer kept me engaged across the three days which is excellent.
I have found the Escape the Trap programme extremely beneficial and feel more equipped to work with young people who are experiencing abusive relationships. Thank you for creating such a comprehensive programme.
Increased my knowledge giving me a better understaning of teenage relationship abuse. Training provided a good balance between information provided, group discussion and individual work.
I liked the ideas of art and creative ways to express views, feelings and concerns. I hope to use them in my practice.
Really useful training – thorough and interesting both through input from trainer and group discussions. Went away with skills to run a group.
Really interesting and informative. Excellent pace, handouts and tools! I really enjoyed this training and would highly recommend to colleagues.
This training has really changed the way I perceive the control and abuse within dynamics of romantic relationships. I got more out of the training than expected!
This is an invaluable training course that I will definitely use it with young people. Thank you for creating this course and sharing it with others!
An invaluable training course that I will definitely use. Thank you for creating this course and sharing it with others!
I really enjoyed this training and would highly recommend to colleagues. Interesting and informative. Excellent pace, handouts and tools!
I have much more knowledge and ideas to use. Trainer was very knowledgable and clear.
Really opened my eyes to how a teenager views relationships.
A wonderfully comprehensive, easily accessible and engaging resource. Great trainer – knowledgeable and engaging!
The training was informative, stimulating and practical. The programme is appropriately structured whilst being flexible enough to respond to young people’s needs and learning styles.
Often when I am training the gap is resources or useable tools. This is a programme that will save lives and enable young people to feel heard and supported, not patronised.
Cathy is a vibrant and eloquent trainer. The training course is excellent with very useful resources that are completely user friendly for the facilitator and teenager alike. Well worth doing! Thank you.
I enjoyed this training as it offered different ideas in how to deliver and help young people understand themselves as well as understand relationships. The creative and interactive activities will be useful and valuable to the work I do with families not just teens. All young people should have this knowledge!
Excellent training for development of professionals working with young people! Really helpful and enjoyable.
I would definitely recommend this informative and inspiring training to all other professionals working with teenagers and young people. Thoroughly broadened my knowledge.
Fantastic facilitation, Cathy is very knowledgeable and shared her experiences of running the programme with the group. A thoroughly enjoyable 3 day training which has prepared me to take all the skills i’ve learnt to share with the young people I work with. I’d definitely recommend the course.
Very informative and relaxed training.
Very informative programme which helps you to think in a different way. Cathy delivers the Escape the Trap training in a down to earth style, enabling you to be yourself and explore your learning, delivery and reflection.
Enjoyable learning, good fun facilitation and group participation. Thank you.
I feel the creative elements of the programme are a really powerful way of addressing the issues. Cathy’s knowledge and passion of the issue shines through.
I really enjoyed the course and feel confident in facilitating this course with young people in my area. I think the accompanying workbooks are very user friendly.
Brilliant to try and get on the inside (head) of a teenager in this modern world
I enjoyed the training as it was informative and fun. It was good to meet new people and share ideas and views
Thank you for an inspiring training course. I feel ready and excited about returning to my role and running my first group. I will recommend to other professionals I feel will benefit
Absolutely would recommend this training. It is always relaxed and I am able to learn loads. Trainer very approachable. I am very interested in future training. Can’t wait to deliver this training to our teenagers
I would recommend to anyone who comes into contact with teenagers and feel there’s a need to educate around relationships both abusive and healthy
This training has given me confidence to be able to support young people around the issue of relationship abuse. I will use this knowledge and resources in my 1:1 work but I am mostly looking forward to running a group. I think all practitioners working with young people should have the opportunity to go on this training. Thank you.
I recommend this training as the trainer is very experienced and knowledgeable on the subject she delivers. The course format and material is clear, well laid out and provides an excellent guide in helping facilitators – ensure they cover all the key issues, as well as being accessible and appealing to young people
The training has been really powerful and has had a lasting impact on how I will work with young people. It has given me a new perspective of an issue I thought I knew lots about
This type of course needs to be more widely accessed by school staff. Very thought provoking
This was a fantastic course and very knowledgeable. Excellent. Really enjoyed it
Brilliant knowledge and delivery of ETT from Cathy; I feel confident to deliver my own programme and know also that I can go back to Cathy for advice and guidance if needed. Thank you for the learning opportunity.
Fantastic training. Lovely to have such a passionate trainer. I am able to learn so much when attending Cathy’s courses.
I would definitely recommend this programme. Outstanding!
Very powerful training that has inspired and motivated me to increase awareness of abuse in teenage relationships and support those currently in them.
Great course – can’t wait to deliver. Very flexible to deliver and no doubt will engage young people.
The training has given me the confidence to go out and deliver ETT to as many young people as I can in South Norfolk and to get other agencies on board to access the training.
This program “<em>needs”</em> to be delivered to help and support our young people.
Very informative course, which really relates to the age group intended. Should be a part of the national curriculum for all pupils.
This is the best training I have attended, working in an Early Help Team we need to be looking at educating our teens so we can break the cycle. Thank you Cathy.
Excellent training, in a “Cinderella” subject. Great course for anybody working with young people.
Really inspirational 3 days- highly recommended to professionals. So much to now go out and use – thank you!
Have really enjoyed all 3 days of this course , and am excited to start to run a group.
This training has given me the confidence to deliver such a worthwhile programme to young people. I have a fire in my belly. Thank you.
Fantastic training that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Left feeling very motivated to get a group up and running! Thank you.
Fantastic, thought provoking, informative training; thank you so much for helping me to support my clients better.
Really enjoyed the training – full of innovative ideas to get an important message across! Thank you.
Invaluable training. Certainly raised my awareness and empowered me with strategies to use in practice.
This training has given a greater insight into how young people experience relationships and how to discuss them in a safe, non-threatening manner. It will have a positive impact on my practice. Thank you.
This training has increased my knowledge, language and ability to discuss domestic abuse with teenagers. Thank you Cathy.
Thoroughly enjoyed the 3 day course which consolidated and reinforced my previous knowledge. It was put together extremely well and I am able to facilitate work within my role with young people. Many thanks.
Absolutely loved the course. The trainer’s knowledge, passion and expertise shone through. Highly recommend. Thank you.
Great training. Thank you. It was relaxed and informative. Great way of learning about the issues and the programme.
Excellent training. Very informative for my role as a family nurse practitioner. Cathy facilitates brilliantly – so knowledgeable. Promoted a relaxed learning environment so could participate easily and without reservation.
Useful course on dealing with a sensitive issue. Lots of imaginative ways of provoking thought and discussion in the issue.
Extremely good course and very valuable to our client group. Will be sharing the information with the Family Nurse Partnership national Unit.
Brilliant training and will benefit so many young people. Thank you Cathy
A course which allows progressive reflection and useful tools to enable young people.
Fab training. Definitely worthwhile to help my young people.
I liked that we were encouraged continually to not think as adults. Also like the use of the 1st person in feedback. It gave more impact to what was being said.
Fantastic training. I can’t wait to deliver my first course. This should be core training for any professionals working with young people.
A very insightful programme/training about teenage relationships and abuse. Well presented. Thank you.
Empowering for all our young girls and young women. Any training that helps young people make informed decisions about their lives is investing in all our futures.
Invaluable training for both young people and adults. I’m shocked that education like this isn’t delivered regularly in schools. I’ve learned a lot about myself as well as how to guide a young person through the programme. An amazing and insightful course!! Thank you.
Enthusiastic and clear delivery. Nice to receive training from the creator of the programme.
Great course content & delivery. I feel competent to deliver the course to young people and feel I can get further support from the trainer if required.
Really enjoyable, interactive course, which I feel would benefit the young people I work with.
Do not underestimate the power of this course. It is like no other. The content and programme is incredible – everyone working with children/teenagers need to do this. Every child deserves to receive this education. Thank you.
Very lovely training, in regards to doing a useful programme with young people. Thank you.
Powerful piece of work, that has made me think outside the box! Thought provoking.
Very informative & interesting. Should be used in all schools!
A very insightful course, providing the tools to recognise and respond effectively to teenagers suffering abuse.
I enjoy and learn more readily from interactive courses like this. I am amazed at the knowledge Cathy provided me with regards to the expectations placed on many teenagers as they embark on relationships..
I work with CSE. This programme will most definitely assist the CYP who are at risk. It is needed for every child in secondary school.
The course was well delivered, informative and will be very useful to use 1:1 and groups
Very much enjoyed this training, looking forward to putting it into practice
A highly informative and thought- provoking programme delivered in an accessible and engaging format.
Excellent training and a really great programme for teenagers! I’ve been waiting a long time for a suitable format to present to teens – this is it! Can’t get a group organised quick enough to start facilitating the programme.
Fantastic training. This programme could really benefit all young people.
Brilliant training, learned a lot about teen abuse I hadn’t considered before. Enjoyable and valuable few days. Thank You.
The training was amazing in terms of it enabling a solid vehicle to address young people’s thought, perceptions & vulnerabilities on relationships, abuse & how relationships work.
Training was brilliant! Thank you.
The Escape the Trap programme is really useful. The training has motivated me and given me confidence to keep raising awareness about sexual exploitation and deliver the Escape the Trap programme to the young women I work with.
The training was really enjoyable, interactive and comprehensive. I am going away feeling completely confident with the programme and tools given. Cathy’s knowledge and experience has been extremely valuable to my learning.
I found Cathy a great trainer with a fountain of knowledge about the subject. It’s an amazing programme that addresses a very important issue. The training was delivered in a very friendly way and everyone was welcome to add their input. Cathy was friendly and approachable, which made me feel comfortable and keen to learn. Fantastic, thank you.
Really fantastic training that has really inspired me to support young people in abusive relationships. The materials and format used is engaging and really therapeutic. I really enjoyed it and cannot wait to facilitate a programme in the New Year. Finally something to support young people.
Escape the Trap was exactly the training I had been looking for – to use with the young women I work with. I am really looking forward to setting up my first group and also using the workbook to do some one to one work with young people, especially at my teenage parent groups. Thank you for such a useful tool!
Very effective programme for helping young people understand Teenage Abuse and gain support if needed in this area.
This training gives food for thought. It is the complete package in terms of delivery to a targeted group and because of the way it is structured – it frees you to adapt and learn from it, to use in different ways. I feel really happy to have had this training. It was a good group experience and I hope I can pass this on to the young people I work with.
The training reinforced the knowledge & experience around Domestic Abuse I already have. However, it gave in-depth information around teen relationship abuse. Cathy was amazing at delivering the course and fantastic to listen to.
This has been interesting training. The trainer has been inspiring and passionate about the topic. I think this programme will be useful in my practice.
Colour coded simple workbooks work really well to focus the young person.
Should be on the school curriculum. All workers who are involved in the development of young people should undertake TRAP Training.
Lots to think about – the benefits of delivering this programme for young people is very evident. Looking forward to delivery.
Escape the Trap is the complete package in terms of group delivery for a targeted group. It also, because of the way it is structured – frees you to adapt and learn from it to use in different ways. I feel really happy to have had this experience. It was a good group experience and I hope I can pass this on to the young people I work with.
Having been trained by Cathy as a Facilitator in the Freedom Programme and Escape the Trap now I can honestly say she is amazing as a trainer, full of energy and enthusiasm, she keeps the day moving along with no flat spots and you come out with a full knowledge of the subject matter.
Fantastic training delivered by Cathy over 3 days.
I have now run the programme with a group of young women and had a fantastic response.
I have previously worked on other targeted programmes for young people, but this is by far the best and the easiest programme to deliver.
Really informative course. Although a very serious subject the course was made to be fun and very interactive. It is really thought provoking and helps to better understand the needs and issues of young people. Fantastic three day course. Thank you.
Multi-agency & in-house packages
We are currently delivering all open multi-agency trainings online. Multi Agency trainings allow practitioners from a wide range of agencies to come together and network, enhancing each other’s learning process and understanding.
Multi-agency trainings ensure that agencies and organisations can purchase as few or as many places as they require for £800.00 + VAT per person.
Pre-course information and materials will be sent to each trainee prior to the first day of training.
Please note: should too few people book onto a specific multi-agency training we reserve the right to cancel or postpone the training prior to the event. In all cases we would either work with you to identify an alternative venue & date to train or refund payment.
Quotes for online in-house training are for up to 15 delegates. We are happy to discuss additional places and the associated cost. However, it is worth bearing in mind that online trainings work best with a maximum of 20 delegates. Pre-course information and materials will be sent to each trainee prior to the first day of training.
Face to face training
Once the pandemic has passed, we will look to resume face to face training. For this we would require a space big enough for small groups to work together comfortably, size dependent on how many you hope to train. In addition, we would need a flip chart stand and ideally a projector and laptop with sound. Pre-course information and reading will be sent to the agency/organisation to be distributed to each trainee. We believe it is essential that each trainee should know exactly what to expect prior to arrival. Materials will be given to each trainee on the first day of the training.
Commitment to the delivery of training is dependent upon the receipt of a written and signed undertaking from the organiser and payment in advance.
Aspiring trainees must have read the pre-course reading provided before attending.
Only those intending to facilitate a group or use the programme 1:1 will be accepted on to this training.
This training includes strong language at times.
The facilitator reserves the right to refuse to train anyone who does not behave in a pleasant and cooperative manner
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3 Day Facilitator Training
|ONLINE||13th November 2023||14th November 2023||17th November 2023|
|Escape the Trap|
3 Day Facilitator Training
|ONLINE||12th March 2024||13th March 2024||15th March 2024|
|Escape the Trap|
3 Day Facilitator Training
We do several in-house trainings each year, but do not list these training events if they are not open to external practitioners. If you are looking for an in-house training please do contact us.
About the trainers
Cathy Press has over 25 yrs experience as a psychotherapist and for much of this time has worked within the arena of domestic and sexual violence & abuse. Cathy is an MBACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and Supervisor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Cathy is the Director of Awareness Matters who run workshops and training for multi-agency professionals, from both statutory and voluntary organisations on issues related to domestic violence & abuse and child to parent violence, both in the UK and internationally.
Cathy developed Escape the Trap in 2013 and has since been delivering facilitator training to practitioners across the UK. Cathy is also one of the UK trainers for the Who’s in Charge? Programme which is for parents and carers who experience child to parent violence and abuse. Cathy is also a director of the VOICE Partnership and co-developed the new and exciting VOICE Programme for victims of intimate coercive experience.
Cathy is an experienced group facilitator of psycho-educational group programmes for survivors of domestic abuse and provides clinical supervision for teams of facilitators, therapists and staff teams working within the domestic abuse and sexual violence arena. Cathy has managed several therapeutic services and for 20 years Cathy was Chair of the charity Compassion.
To find out more please visit Awareness Matters Ltd.
Paula has specialised in domestic abuse for 18 years, commencing her career as a Probation officer in 2003. For many years within the National Probation Service she delivered and subsequently treatment managed IDAP (the Integrated Domestic Abuse Programme) and BBR (Building Better Relationships), rehabilitation programmes working with male perpetrators convicted for Domestic Abuse offenses.
Following promotion to a Senior Probation Officer role, Paula became the strategic lead for Domestic Abuse for the Norfolk and Suffolk Probation Trust, directly influencing numerous Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Boards. Throughout this period Paula regularly chaired both MARAC’s and MAPPA meetings, with extensive knowledge and experience in risk assessment/management.
In 2015 Paula was seconded to Norfolk Children’s Services as the Domestic Abuse Change Coordinator for Norfolk, to develop the Domestic Abuse Champion Network. The purpose of which was to design and implement DA training to frontline professionals who would not ordinarily receive it. In 2018 Paula was awarded the title ‘Employee of The Year’ for Norfolk County Council for the role she played in training over 3’000 frontline professionals across the County.
Paula is an experienced trainer and group work facilitator in a number of areas including DASH (Domestic Abuse Stalking, Harassment and Honour Based Abuse Risk Assessment, Women’s Safety Officer Training, Building Better Relationships, Escape The Trap, Who’s In Charge and the Freedom Programme. In addition to the above, Paula is also the Project Coordinator for the domestic abuse charity Compassion.
Paula is particularly passionate about educating children and young people to recognise and protect themselves from teenage relationship abuse. Paula has worked closely with a number of Norfolk Schools, delivering assemblies and workshops to children of all ages. As a facilitator and a trainer for the Escape the Trap Programme, Paula says ‘Delivering this programme is an absolutely joy and so well received by the young people I have worked with. I would absolutely love to see this imbedded in all schools and believe this is an essential gap that exists in our education system. This proactive approach to tackling Domestic Abuse is arguably a life skill that all young people should be taught before leaving school. It is essential that we are far more proactive than just reactive to domestic abuse and ETT enables us to potentially derail the next generation of victims and perpetrators.’