Helpline Training Courses
Following government guidance, we have temporarily suspended our face-to-face training. We offer a full range of online training opportunities and can deliver online training tailored to your organisation through Virtual Onsite training days.
We will continue to monitor and review the situation and will reintroduce face-to-face training when government guidance allows us to.
Our helpline training courses are designed for helpline managers, service coordinators and experienced helpline workers.
Focussing on specific areas of helpline work they will give you an in-depth understanding, allowing you to develop robust working practices and policies to better support your team, service users and the service provision.
As the membership body for helplines in the UK and Ireland, Helplines Partnership is in a unique position to listen to the needs of the sector and to respond accordingly.
Helpline Masterclass prices:
- Non-member price: £245 + VAT
- Helplines Partnership discounted member price: £149 + VAT
SKIP TO THESE SECTIONS:
» Safeguarding for Helplines »
» Responding to Suicidal Callers »
» Vicarious Trauma - having a healthy workplace »
» Impact Practice and Measuring Outcomes for Helplines »
» Managing Repeat Callers »
» Working with Volunteers »
» Data Protection and your Helpline »
Safeguarding is becoming more prevalent within the helpline sector. No matter what kind of service you deliver, everyone has a duty to safeguard the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk of harm or abuse. This course will help increase your knowledge and understanding of safeguarding, not only in the broader context, but also in relation to understanding key safeguarding terms and signs and indicators. It seeks to develop awareness and examine legislation that can directly be implemented into practice, procedures and policy provision. It aims to build confidence and awareness and offer guidance surrounding confidentiality, recording and information sharing in line with GDPR and safeguarding sensitivities.
- explore and understand safeguarding and child protection in the broader context
- understand key safeguarding terms and definitions, signs and indicators
- introduction into managing risk
- identify the relevant legislation and guidance that safeguards children and adults
- explore how to implement safeguarding procedures, including appropriate methods
How to respond to service users who present with suicidal thoughts or plans is a common concern for helplines. It is essential that your service is equipped to identify those at risk and that your team know how best to support them. This course will explore how to identify risk, practice different techniques and set up internal processes, policies and supervision. Service managers and co-ordinators attending this course will leave with greater knowledge, confidence and awareness alongside practical skills and actions to take back to their helpline.
- understand suicide in context
- explore what a suicidal caller is to your service
- assess risk and create a strong policy for suicidal service users
- identify what support your call handlers may need
- explore different techniques for call handlers including the opportunity for practice
- identify actions to take back to your service
The accumulative effect of handling emotional and distressing contacts can negatively impact on a person's social behaviours, emotional wellbeing, physical health, behaviour and cognitive reasoning. If unaddressed vicarious trauma (VT) could harm not only the helpline worker but also has serious implications for your service users. Based on recent research, this insightful and practical course will explore the implications of compassion fatigue research within helplines, helping you to establish and review strategies and procedures to effectively manage and address the personal and professional consequences.
- explore research and understand the implications to your service
- understand key risk factors and impact to your service, call handlers and service users
- explore how the severity and complexity of call content contributes to VT
- explore how recruitment, training and management can reduce the risk of VT
- develop a risk matrix for your service
- learn how to identify and reduce those at risk of burnout
- explore different approaches to supervision and debriefing
How to capture, record and measure the impact of a helpline service can be a challenge for organisations. Yet many funders and commissioners want to see evidence of the impact your service will have on the people who use it. This course will explore impact practice, types of data, data collection, ethics and data sharing. Using case studies and practical exercises you’ll learn how to frame your helpline’s impact, capture outcomes, collect and interpret data and create a practical action plan for your organisation.
- Understand and clarify key terms of reference in measuring impact and outcomes
- Understand the difference between measuring outcomes and impact for your helpline
- Identify the different types of data collection within a helpline service
- Assess the benefits of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods
- Consider ethics and good practice when measuring outcomes
- Create an action plan for your helpline
Repeat callers to a helpline can present serious challenges for both helpline workers and the service itself, absorbing time and resources. This course will explore how to identify, respond and manage repeat callers within your helpline. The course covers strategies for managing effective and consistent responses and monitoring the impact on your service.
- how to identify repeat callers within your service
- explore the impact of repeat callers on call handlers, managers and the service
- identify strategies, skills and techniques for managing repeat callers
- discuss whole team approach in responding to repeat callers
- examine responding to repeat callers in practice from negotiation to legal action
- how to support your team to ensure consistency and minimising emotional impact
This course will explore best practice in recruitment, training and retention of volunteers from advertising to exit interviews. It focuses on the management of volunteers and organisational expectations and, the legal aspects of a volunteer agreement and volunteer rights. The course will include opportunities for discussion and sharing of ideas, as well as some practical resources to take away with you.
- explore best practice in recruitment, training and retention of volunteers
- explore the management of volunteers and expectations from both volunteer and organisation
- understand the legal obligations for your service and the volunteer's rights
- identify the scope and inclusions of a volunteer agreement and relating policies
Data Protection is a critical concern to all helplines. Your service needs to ensure and demonstrate compliance with current legislation. This course provides an overview of how the Data Protection Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) applies to helpline work. Through exploring best practice in data sharing, participants will gain a clear understanding of the data protection principles, the lawful basis for data processing and the implications this has on their service thereby helping them comply with the legislation.
- explore what data means in terms of the law
- identify Data Protection legislation which applies to your helpline
- understand GDPR and how this applies to your service
- understand the six data protection principles and how they relate to your service
- understand good practice in data sharing
- identify how to process and manage subject access requests
- explore examples of data breaches to identify mistakes, mitigations and learning outcomes
Please note: Participants are advised to contact the Information Commissioners Office if they require clarification on any issues raised during the training as Helplines Partnership is not a legal advisor.
The full fee is payable for any cancellations within 5 calendar days of the event, or if the participant fails to attend and we receive no notice of cancellation, or if the participant is unable to attend the whole of the event for any reason.
Some of our events are repeated, so you may transfer a place, without charge, to an alternative date as long as you inform us in writing at least 5 calendar days beforehand.
Transfers within 5 calendar days will incur a full fee for both dates.
All transfers are subject to availability.
In the unlikely event that we have to cancel a session, we will let you know as soon as possible and issue a full refund.