To provide participants with research and practice based information that will enable them to effectively identify and manage cases of likely or actual sexual abuse of children and young people.
By the end of this course participants should:
Have an understanding of the personal, family, professional and societal attitudes and values in relation to sexual abuse
Understand agency and individual responsibilities and single and multi-agency processes in relation to sexual abuse
Understand and identify indicators of risk and signs of sexual abuse
Have an understanding of the impact of sexual abuse on children’s health, development and behaviour
Understand the part that technology plays in grooming, abuse and exploitation of children
Begin to understand theoretical models of offender behaviour
Understand the issues around children disclosing sexual abuse
Understanding issues around thresholds applied to criminal activity and safeguarding
Understand what a safe culture looks like
Have knowledge of local and national data relating to cases of sexual abuse
Those who work regularly with children and young people and adults who are parents or carers and may be asked to contribute to assessment of children in need (Group 3) and those with a particular responsibility for safeguarding children (Group 4).