Over the three-day facilitator training, practitioners will gain an understanding of the complex dynamics of teenage relationship abuse, grooming & CSE. 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 practioners 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
  • Additonal 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 prevalance 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 course participants
Fab training. Definitely worthwhile to help my young people.  
Support Worker, 16+ Care Leavers Team, Bournemouth CC
In-House & Multi-Agency PackagesTraining EventsAbout the TrainerUseful Websites

In-House & Multi-Agency Packages

In-house Training

Ideally we will train a minimum of 10 staff.  The host agency/organisation provides a venue and refreshments. We are happy to train up to 25 persons f2f. However, whilst we are running online trainings a maximum of 20 delegates seems to work really well.

For face to face trainings 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 of the three day of the training.

Commitment to the delivery of training is dependant upon the receipt of a written and signed undertaking from the organiser and payment in advance.

Multi-Agency Training

We are currently delivering all open trainings online. Please see the Events page for details of open multi-agency trainings in the calendar.  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/organisations can purchase as few or as many places as they require for £750.00 + VAT per person.

Pre-course information and reading will be sent to each trainee prior to the onset of training. Materials will be given to each trainee on the first of the three day of the 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.


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

Please note that this training can be cancelled or postponed up to two months before the event if too few trainees book places.

Training Events

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Escape the Trap 

3 Day Facilitator Training
Escape the Trap 

3 Day Facilitator Training
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 at: [email protected]

About the Trainer

Cathy Press has over 25 years experience as a therapist 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, as well as being registered with the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors, UKRC, a Register of Independent Counsellors.

Cathy Press and Awareness Matters Ltd run workshops and training for multi-agency professionals, counsellors/psychotherapists, from both statutory and voluntary organisations on issues related to domestic violence & abuse, both in the UK and internationally. All training is available.

As well as being the sole trainer for Escape the Trap, Cathy is also one of the UK trainers for an Australian programme called Who’s in Charge? which is for parents and carers who experience child to parent violence and abuse. Cathy also trains facilitators to run the Freedom Programme.

For 20 years Cathy has been Chair of the charity Compassion – primarily addressing domestic abuse in South Suffolk. During this time Cathy developed  ‘Survivor’s Stories’ DVD, a training tool and resource for issues related to domestic violence and abuse which has sold nationally and internationally and is used by agencies as far afield as Australia! Compassion has also created six commercial length films addressing teenage relationship abuse made entirely by young people.

Cathy is an experienced group facilitator running therapeutic group work for survivors of domestic abuse and provides clinical group supervision for teams of facilitators, therapists and staff teams. Cathy was Adult Therapeutic Services Manager for Southend Women’s Aid and latterly, SOS Domestic Abuse Projects until December 2010 and Counselling Services Manager for Lighthouse Women’s Aid, Ipswich.

To find out more please visit Awareness Matters Ltd..

Useful Websites


Come in to find the latest information on the sites you like to visit, mobiles and new technology. Find out what’s good, what’s not and what you can do about it. Most importantly, there’s also a place, which anyone can use to report if they feel uncomfortable or worried about someone they are chatting to online.

Respect Not Fear

This site was created by the Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum. It is an informative, interactive and user-friendly site for young people to learn about teenage relationship abuse, how to identify it and how to get help.

The Hideout

The Women’s Aid website for young people. Women’s Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it’s happening to you.

National Domestic Violence Helpline

Run by Women’s Aid and Refuge (free from most mobiles) if Domestic Violence is happening at home. It is usually for people over 18yrs but may be able to help you if you are over 16yrs.

This Is Abuse

This is the Home Office website to give young people information about domestic abuse and teenage relationship rape.



Games, advice and help for young people on a range of issues. Helpline (free) 0800 11 11 to speak to someone about any relationship difficulties you or someone you know is having with their partner.

Life Center UK

Helpline for Under 18’s. Support for young people who have or are experiencing sexual abuse or unwanted sexual contact. Their services are for women and men, girls and boys of all ages and backgrounds.

Get Connected

Get Connected is the UK’s free, confidential helpline for young people under 25 who
need help and don’t know where to turn.

The Student Room

Be part of the UK’s largest and fastest growing student community. The Health and Relationships section of The Student Room is one of the busiest on the site. Here we gather together the best health and relationship articles and latest discussions from the health and relationships forums.


Refuge offers help and advice to women and young girls in abusive relationships.

Mens Advice Line

They are open Monday – Friday 10am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. A confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members). This number is good to use whether you are in a same sex (lesbian, gay, bisexual) relationship or opposite sex (heterosexual) relationship.

Rape Crisis

Visit this website for advice about rape and sexual violence. It will give you the contact details for the nearest Rape Crisis Centre.

Broken Rainbow

Broken Rainbow is the only National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline providing confidential support to all members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) communities.

South West Grid

South West Grid for Learning has just produced a new resource with help and advice for young people who may find themselves in a situation where they or a friend have put a sexting image or video online and have lost control over that content and who it’s being shared with.


Cybermentors is a social networking place where you can find out about bullying and what you can do about it and also talk to mentors your own age.

Thats Not Cool

An American website which focuses specifically on digital and social networking abuse with activities and animation. Really accessible and user friendly for young people.

Love Is Respect

This website provides so much key information to young people. It has good interactive resources and is extremely easy to navigate. Whilst it is an American website pretty much all the content is valid and applicable to the UK audience.

Give N Get

Research Project on Young People and Sexual Consent: Give and Get Young People & Sexual Consent.

The Give N Get Project is research commissioned by the office of the Children’s Commissioner to explore how young people think about giving and getting sexual consent, and the wider contexts that influence behaviour.

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