A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This is not necessarily physical contact and sexual abuse can happen online. Sometimes the child will not understand that what’s happening to them is actually abuse. They may not even understand that it’s wrong.

One in 20 children have experienced sexual abuse (NSPCC). Sexual abuse is under reported and all foster carers need to develop an understanding of the needs of children and young people who have been sexually abused and how to deal with sexual abuse disclosures.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Recognise the signs and symptoms indicating that a child or young person may have been sexually abused
  2. Understand how sexual abuse impacts on development
  3. Understand typical sexual development for children and young people
  4. Respond to children and young people who tell or talk about sexual abuse
  5. Identify strategies for caring for a child or young person who has, or may have been, sexually abused
  6. Understand why some children display harmful sexual behaviour and how to deal with this
  7. Know how to respond to children who make a disclosure of sexual abuse

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

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