Training for professionals - YMCA DownsLink Group

Training for professionals

Bringing specialist training to professionals and carers working to support children & young people.

YMCA DLG Training Network

YMCA DLG Training Network harnesses the expertise of our services to bring high quality specialist training to professionals, carers and parents who are supporting children and young people across a wide range of support services and roles.

Our off the shelf and bespoke training utilises the skills and experience of our trainers with our current experience of working with young people.

We deliver a wide range of training to schools, community and voluntary sector organisations, local authority teams, police and health practitioners as well as through commissioned pieces of work such as LSCB training programmes.

Areas of training we are able to provide include (but are not limited to):

  • Safe Sexual Relationships
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Mental Health awareness
  • Self-Harm
  • Adolescent Brain
  • Loss & Bereavement
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Impact of Social Media
  • Professional Boundaries
  • Lone Working

If you can’t see what you are looking for here then get in touch. We are continually broadening our portfolio of courses and can always connect you to colleagues in other organisations able to offer the support you need.

Our Trainers

Our training is delivered by experienced and specialist trainers and practitioners from our own highly considered services as well as trusted associate trainers enabling us to root our training in current best practice.

Young Trainers

We believe that having the young person’s voice in our training enriches the learning experience and is vital in ensuring it remains relevant and grounded in lived experience.

Therefore where relevant and appropriate we aim to involve young people in the development and delivery of our training. They are trained and supported through our Young Trainer programme.


We can offer training at your own venue, or you can use one our dedicated training spaces based in the communities in which we work – Sussex, Surrey and Brighton & Hove.

Contact Us

If you have a direct enquiry or just want to find out more contact us on:
T 01273 222597
E [email protected]

“Interactive teaching helped me make more sense of the subject. The integration with the rest of the group helped enhance my understanding.”

“The trainers handled this sensitive subjective really well. I learnt a lot from the course and would highly recommend it.”



YMCA enables people to develop their full potential in mind, body and spirit. Inspired by and faithful to our Christian values, we create supportive, inclusive and energising communities, where young people can truly belong, contribute and thrive.

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