Child Sexual Abuse

Pre-course requirements 
Knowledge of the child protection system, attendance at SSCB foundation course. 

Course aim
To encourage sensitive and effective multi-agency work with families impacted by sexual abuse.

Course objectives

  • To raise awareness of natural sexual development and to help participants decide which factors make a situation abusive, problematic or OK.
  • To inform participants about the nature of the grooming process and the cycle of abuse.
  • To help participants understand the barriers to disclosure and how we can respond to children.
  • To understand the impact on mothers and how we assess mothers.
  • To increase understanding of the investigative process and clarify procedures.
  • To raise awareness of the impact on the victim, families and workers.
  • To be aware that there are procedures for investigating allegations against staff.
  • To explore the issues surrounding contact and reunification.
  • To give participants an idea of therapy that is available.
  • To know what systems are in place to assess young people who sexually abuse.
  • To understand the risks the children and young people of Internet and mobile phone use and how we may reduce the risks.
  • To improve knowledge about how we keep children safe.
  • To acknowledge the impact on workers.

Participants are often asked to reflect on the emotional impact of the work they do and how it can be managed. Some handouts are provided on the day and others sent by email after the course. 

Duration and time 
Two days 9.15am to 4.30pm

It is important to attend for the full course or learning outcomes may not be met. Please note that late arrival may result in you not being admitted to the course. Leaving early may result in not being given a certificate of attendance.

The Safeguarding Board is now charging agencies for staff who fail to attend if we are not informed at least five working days before the course.

This includes participants who arrive late and are not admitted by the trainers or participants who on the day inform the trainers they need to leave early. The charge for this course would be £60 which would be requested at the end of the financial year.

Who should attend?
Staff who work within the child protection system and who may be involved in recognition, assessment, child protection procedures or supporting the child and family in cases of child sexual abuse. This course is for staff who have experience of child protection work.

To book a place on this course please complete our online booking form.

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