The Health and Employability team at Volunteer Edinburgh is delivering a series of Challenge workshops aimed at increasing the knowledge and understanding of Volunteer Coordinators.

Bright Choices are offering free awareness training on Honour-Based Violence (HBV) to increase the capacity of professionals in responding to cases and issues of honour based violence within their particular field.

Participants will explore the issues of recognising the risks of HBV and how to effectively respond to that.

Since the start of the award-winning service in mid-2015, Bright Choices has offered honour-based violence training to over 500 professionals working in the NHS, Police Scotland, Social work, the Third Sector, as well as social work students on placement. The training provided is tailored to the specific responsibilities and work remits of professionals.

The training will be educational and interactive, and will broadly cover the following objectives:

  • Participants will develop and expand their knowledge on HBV, in its specific cultural, social and psychological context as experienced by individuals, families and communities; as well as understanding the signs, symptoms and risks, through case studies and stories.
  • Participants will build confidence and resilience to effectively address and respond to cases and issues of HBV.

Participants will gain an insight into referral pathways and where to access more advice and guidance.

The outline of Bright Choices’ HBV training:

  • Honour and what it means in different cultures
  • What is Honour Based Violence and Abuse
    Forms of honour based violence and oppression
  • Forced Marriage
    Risk factors, recognition, assessment and response
    Guidance on identifying and flagging up cases
    Warning signs from victims of Forced Marriage
  • Female Genital Mutilation
    History, demography, the procedure and different types
    Guidance on identifying and flagging up cases
    Recognising, assessing and responding to risk of FGM
    Warning signs from victims of FGM
    Implications of GIRFEC and Child Protection legislation
    The One Chance Rule
    When, how and to whom to ask for advice, support and information


Who is the event for? Volunteer Coordinators

When? Date: 28 February 2018, Time: 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Where? Volunteer Edinburgh, 222 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5EQ

Cost? Free (please book by clicking on ‘Book Now’ below)

Enquiries Please contact Julie Golding on 0131 225 0630 or email her at

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