Helping hands: facilitation programme

CPD: 6 points

Helping Hands is a programme developed by Women’s Aid Northern Ireland for professionals working with children and young people. It addresses challenging issues around personal space, safety planning and awareness of acceptable and unacceptable behaviours, not only in others but also in themselves.

What does the course cover?

Three themes are reinforced throughout the course:

1. We all have the right to feel safe all the time
2. There is nothing so small or so awful we can’t talk about it with someone
3. Others have the right to feel safe with us

NB Please note that this is not a course in which participants will be taught therapeutic interventions for children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse. The course is educational and it draws on the theoretical perspective of protective behaviours.

Course dates:

See our list below for upcoming events and click on the course to book your space.


Who is this training suitable for?

This course is suitable for experienced domestic abuse practitioners and also other professionals whose work brings them into close contact with children and young people affected by domestic abuse.


Women’s Aid members: £195
Non-members: £250

This includes a facilitators’ training manual and one children’s workbook. Additional resources can be ordered through Women’s Aid once you’ve attended the course.

Trainer profile:

Bianca Petkova

Dr Bianca Petkova is an experienced training officer at Women’s Aid. She is a trained psychologist specialising in the psychology of women. Since joining Women’s Aid in 2008, Bianca has developed and delivered many accredited and bespoke courses for practitioners in the field of domestic abuse.

Please note that submitting an application form will automatically generate an invoice so please only apply if you wish to attend the course.

If you have any questions please email: [email protected]

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