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Sexual Abuse Introductory Level


Course Aim

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Target Staff

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).

Course Duration

One day


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