Sexual Abuse and Safeguarding Children

Course description

Target audience is any professionals from the voluntary, statutory and/or private sectors that work with adults and children where it is known or suspected that sexual abuse is an issue, e.g., Social Workers, Family Support Workers, adult mental health workers, children’s workers, Youth Offending Team workers, education staff, Social Care staff, NHS staff, refuge workers.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session, learners should be able to:

  • Describe some aspects of sexual abuse contained in current Government definition
  • Consider aspects of legislation relating to sexual abuse
  • List possible signs and indicators of sexual abuse
  • Describe the possible impact of sexual abuse on children
  • Outline aspects of offending behaviour
  • Give examples of good practice in dealing with disclosures from children
  • Apply good practice in dealing with sexual abuse situations
  • Consider local protocols for joint working and referral into Children’s Social Care


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