Understanding and Working With Children and Young People Affected by Sexual Abuse

Pre-requisites: Participants must have completed

  • ‘Working Together to Safeguarding Children’ Induction Training or have completed an approved alternative course.
  • It is advised that participants have also completed SSCB Safeguarding Foundation Module 1 and Foundation Module 2 however this is not compulsory.

Target Group: The course is aimed at practitioners and managers in voluntary, independent and statutory agencies who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding concerns.

Aim: To provide an opportunity to develop an understanding of working with children affected by sexual abuse

Learning Outcome: By the end of the course participants will have

  • Considered definitions and prevalence of sexual abuse. And to develop an understanding of the effects of sexual abuse and the resultant signs, symptoms and behaviours associated with it.
  • Developed an understanding about why children and young people find it difficult or impossible to disclose about the abuse.
  • Considered theory about how abusers operate and dynamics of power imbalance.
  • Explored the impact of diversity including gender, culture, disability and sexuality.
  • Explored the systemic impact of sexual abuse and disclosure on families and the child’s wider network.
  • Considered how to work sensitively and effectively with children, young people and their families who have been affected by sexual abuse.
  • Explored therapeutic techniques used in helping children and young people recover from experiences of sexual abuse.
  • Considered the impact of this work on professionals.

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