Promoting positive pathways for young people who have exhibited harmful sexual behaviour
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This training is targeted to professionals, early years and family support workers, volunteers and carers and those in education, health and community settings.
Group Level 1 awareness (irregular contact with children) 2 (regular contact with children) or Level 3 (predominately working with children) or above (including strategic leads) as set out in the Safeguarding Competency framework in London Safeguarding Child Procedures. Inter-Collegiate Standards 2 and above for health professionals.
This aim of this course is to raise awareness to help professionals, carers and volunteers understand healthy sexual development and how to distinguish it from Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) in children and young people, and when to refer concerns for a risk assessment and interventions.
The training is provided by Lucy Faithful, a child protection charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse to ensure children are as safe as they can be. They have extensive experience of working with entire families who have been affected by sexual abuse, including young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours (male and female); victims of abuse and other family members. They also run the confidential Stop it Now! Helpline.
By attending this course, participants will have:
- An improved understanding about what is HSB, and what is normal as part of healthy sexual development and how to respond appropriately to address and refer concerns.
- Developed an understanding about the common factors which may contribute to HSB and what to consider when identifying HSB
- Developed an understanding about the issues related to stigma of children who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour
- Examined the impact on workers or carers and how to look after your own needs
- Explored the use of tools to identify and respond to HSB and resources Developed an understanding about the mechanisms of denial and how to effectively manage barriers to identifying and responding to needs
- Developed the knowledge and understanding about how to manage and respond to different types of concerns, risk and immediate risks and the safety planning process.
- The course will have a mix of knowledge based content, videos and use case studies in small group exercises.