Job Description


SafeLives is a UK-wide charity dedicated to ending domestic abuse, for good. We combine insight from services, survivors and statistics to support people to become safe, well and rebuild their lives. Almost one in five women will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime. For every person being abused, there is someone else responsible for that abuse: the perpetrator. And all too often, children are in the home and living with the impact. Domestic abuse affects us all; it thrives on being hidden behind closed doors. We must make it everybody’s business.


As Training Development Lead, you will support efforts to make domestic abuse ‘everybody’s business’ as a key member of the SafeLives training team, with shared responsibility for developing and delivering our existing suite of training sessions as well as responding to bespoke requests and taking forward programme work. You will work to ensure that SafeLives’ training continues to be of the highest quality and reaches a wide range of audiences. More broadly, you will be a valuable member of the SafeLives Scotland team, alongside the Programme Lead, Marac Development Officer and Engagement Lead to expand and enhance our growing profile in Scotland.


This role offers a unique opportunity to influence the response of professionals who come into contact with domestic abuse, by raising awareness and understanding of domestic abuse and coercive control and sharing tools and guidance in order to improve practical responses at local and national level. This includes safe and effective approaches for those who experience domestic abuse, as well as those who perpetrate it.


You will combine teamwork with working independently on a day-to-day basis at home, in training sessions and at external events


Position context

SafeLives’ training programme strengthens the knowledge and skills of professionals responding to domestic abuse. The programme includes accredited collaborative training for Independent Domestic Abuse Advocates (Idaas) and Women’s Workers, DA Matters Scotland police change programme, coercive control, whole family responses, risk identification and Marac training, as well as a variety of bespoke training packages for organisations and local authorities across Scotland. Our training is practical, interactive and impactful. It reflects authentic voice of those who have lived experienced of domestic abuse.


Key relationships


Idaas and other professionals working with those experiencing domestic abuse, local service providers, Marac representatives, VAW and GBV colleagues, accrediting bodies, partner agencies, national organisations, academic institutions, private sector/financial institutions, national and local Government.



The wider training team including course coordinators, SafeLives’ associate trainers and other internal teams including Research, Evaluation & Analysis, Communications & Marketing, Fundraising and the Practice team. In particular, you will work closely with the other SafeLives professionals based in Scotland, contributing to our Marac Development, Whole Lives programmes and Safe At Home in Scotland activity.



1.    To develop, write and deliver practical training focused on providing a safe, effective and joined-up response to domestic abuse for a wide range of audiences


2.    To create materials to support the successful delivery of training (online/face-to-face where appropriate)


3.    Design and develop e-learning resources, alongside IT colleagues


4.    To respond to training requests, prepare training proposals and contribute to bid-writing activity


5.    To work with course coordinators and our marketing team to ensure that course spaces are filled and that learners have a brilliant experience of SafeLives training from beginning to end. This includes supporting decisions around logistics and operational execution


6.    To support our accredited work including assessment and verification


7.    To support SafeLives associate trainers as part of our continual quality assurance process


8.    To provide a point of proactive and regular contact with professionals you train directly, and act as SafeLives representative for a full range of stakeholders nationally


9.    To ensure our training and materials are fully accessible and inclusive


10. To review training evaluation reports, informing the Programme Lead of feedback and issues raised


11. To be responsible for training budgets and prepare progress reports


12. To work proactively as part of the Scotland team to achieve the programme’s goals, including:


·        Assisting the Programme Lead in developing SafeLives’ work in Scotland

·        Working alongside colleagues within the Scotland Team and across the organisation

·        Contributing to reports and progress updates on the implementation of SafeLives activity including the operating plan

·        Representing SafeLives at external meetings and forums where appropriate

·        Assisting negotiation with partner agencies and funders in relation to developing and delivering training courses

·        Contributing to the annual SafeLives conference and other scheduled stakeholder events

·        Contributing to internal and external team development events

·        Developing and delivering in-house training

·        Assisting with SafeLives’ professional queries

·        Project work


13. To support and promote the work of the wider SafeLives team in Scotland and across the UK


14. To ensure all work is undertaken in accordance with SafeLives’ policies, procedures and strategy and to support the work of SafeLives in whatever way may be reasonably required to uphold the quality of the SafeLives brand


Skills, knowledge and experience


1.    Hands-on experience as a practitioner in either the voluntary or statutory sector working with victims/survivors of domestic abuse and their children


2.    Knowledge of the domestic abuse sector and VAW network to reflect the variety of options available to those experiencing domestic abuse in Scotland. A clear commitment to achieving gender equality and an understanding of Scottish VAW policy (Equally Safe) as it relates to domestic abuse


3.    An understanding of public protection arrangements, the provision of policing, health, housing, social work, and of multi-agency/partnership working in Scotland


4.    Completion of the Independent Domestic Abuse Advocacy (Idaa) training course would be desirable


5.    Awareness of trauma informed practice would be desirable


Training and presentation

1.    Outstanding training, communication and interpersonal skills


2.    Extensive experience of delivering training, including researching and developing high-quality training/facilitation materials


3.    Experience of delivering accredited training and assessment – having a recognised training qualification would be very desirable


4.    Experience of writing and presenting information of a high calibre, formally and informally, to a range of audiences about domestic abuse, risk management and multi-agency work


5.    Experience of developing online training would be very desirable


6.    Experience of bid writing and preparing costing proposals would be desirable


People and other skills

1.    Very good facilitation skills including an ability to lead a discussion to constructive conclusion and the ability to provide feedback and communicate in a way that provides positive motivation for the audience


2.    Sound project management skills, including taking responsibility for and reporting on key operational and financial deliverables


3.    Sound IT skills (eg Word, PowerPoint and Excel), including use of technology for communication with a geographically dispersed team


4.    Ability and willingness to work independently, travel as required, manage own time and prioritise effectively whilst also working as part of a team


5.    Sound negotiation skills



Goal orientation

·        Supports the restructuring of activities that do not help SafeLives to achieve its goals or deliver the strategic plan

·        Pursues tasks/goals with energy, drive and need for completion.

·        Pre-empts problems by seeking guidance or taking action on an issue, task or project within their role


Communication and relationship management

·        Builds good relationships with a range of external agencies to improve service delivery

·        Negotiates in a way which ensures the excellent reputation of SafeLives is maintained whilst meeting the requirements of the ops plan and strategic aims

·        Communicates professionally, internally and externally



·        Plans and prioritises work effectively

·        Is solution rather than problem focused

·        Makes informed, good quality decisions where necessary


Innovation and creativity

·        Identifies and shares best practice, and translates this into a practical application for SafeLives

·        Looks for ways to improve current practice

·        Shares ideas and learning with others

·        Logically considers whether different approaches are strong or weak


Equality and Inclusion

SafeLives is committed to providing equal opportunities for all, irrespective of age, disability, race, sex, religion/belief, sexuality, gender identity, marital/civil partnership, pregnancy/maternity and working patterns. We are keen to have staff that appropriately represents all the communities we serve as an organisation.


Lived Experience

We believe there is no ‘them and us’ in domestic abuse and recognise that applicants may have direct or indirect experience of their own, whether disclosed or not. We are committed to placing lived experience of domestic abuse at the heart of all we do, and colleagues who chose to share their personal expertise can do so openly and with organisational support.


If there is any discussion during the recruitment process regarding a candidate’s personal experience of domestic abuse, it will be treated confidentially and will not be shared outside of the interview panel/Human Resources.


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