The Freedom Bootcamp

A one-day session designed to develop the skills to recognise abuse coached by Marilyn Hawes and the Freedom From Abuse team.

“What an outstanding days training that was! Marilyn is so passionate about getting the message out there and with such a wealth of knowledge I feel she could have easily kept going for another 5 hours!”
Beth Mcginn, Hampshire Fostering Network


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Stop guessing. Start acting.

The Freedom Bootcamp was developed to build confidence in you or your team’s ability to tackle abuse head-on.

Is it in-person or virtual?

Great news! We offer the Freedom Bootcamp both in person and virtually.

How much does it cost?

Prices start at £45/hour depending on whether you opt for an in-person or virtual bootcamp.

Is there a certificate?

Yes! Schools will receive the Trauma Aware and Care school certificate which can be displayed on the website and letters.


Who’s the Freedom Bootcamp for?

Our doors are open to anyone who wishes to learn although the majority of our graduates fall into the following categories:

∙ Schools and Education
∙ Concerned families
∙ Corporations


What will I learn?

You will learn the key skills in recognising abuse which incude the following.


What an abuser targets


Keeping safe online &
what to look out for


Bullying and Cyber-bullying


How grooming works


How an abuser thinks


How to act when you spot abuse


Where and when

The Freedom Bootcamp can be hosted in person at a location of your choice, usually a School or virtually via Microsoft Teams. The session runs for 10 hours and can be booked between Monday – Friday, all year round.

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To make a booking we request you complete a quick enrollment form by clicking the book now button.

No payment is required at this stage.

In-Person Training

From  £150 /hour*

*Corporate organisations: £250 per hour

Virtual Training

From  £45 /hour*

*Corporate organisations: £80 per hour


A tried and tested approach

Read the stories of those we’ve helped.

Marilyn led a spellbinding presentation where the pupils where engaged from the outset. Her delivery, ability to capture imagination and engage the pupils is fantastic. I cannot recommend her highly enough. This is the second time we have used Marilyn from Freedom From Abuse UK to deliver training.
Jonny Spowart, Heath Mount Prep School
Marilyn is clear from the start of her talks that her approach is hard-hitting, blunt and to the point and she speaks with great passion, energy and emotion. Our staff found Marilyn’s personal experiences on the subject of safeguarding to be affecting and thought-provoking, taking many out of their comfort zones.
David Boyd, Latymer School
There is no doubt that Marilyn Hawes made quite an impact, as I expected she would do, and the consequent level of discussion and debate was considerable that day and in the days following.  She raised quite a few issues for us all to think about, many of which are not comfortable, and yet that is exactly what we needed from an external speaker.
Peter Bieneman, Harrow School
Marilyn packed real punch and creditability, as an ex teacher and mother of abused children. Marilyn speaks in very clear and plain English, spelling out not only the dangers and the effects of abuse but offers an informed insight into how abusers operate. Marilyn delivered three hours of the most useful training experience I could ever provide my team.
Paul Ludlow, Dukes Education Group



We encourage you to check out our FAQ's below for quick answers to common questions. If you need still help head over to our contact page to get in touch.

Session can last up to 10 hours with a 30 minute morning break and 60 minute lunch break allocated.

Yes! If you’re a school or business we can host a session for your team to esnure everyone has the skills to tackle abuse.

You can book either online or by contacting

Yes! Children can attend however we recommend they are only present for the joint parent & child workshops.

Whilst we’d love everyone to attend to ensure every attendee receives the appropriate time, we cap bookings to:
• Schools max 1250 pupils in a day for schools.  (Broken into age groups.)  
• Organisations max 750.  If interactive, then max 50.

To make changes to your booking please email

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Choose from our range of options below:

In-person training

We can offer education on a one-to-one or group basis.


Our team of 40+ consultants provide a comprehensive range of services that is secure and confidential.

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