Training for professionals working with young people
Drawing on over 40 years’ experience providing frontline services for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse, we provide training to professionals looking to develop their practice in responding to children and young people affected by these issues.
Working with Young Survivors and Perpetrators of Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
This course is aimed at those working with children and young people, who are interested in learning how to identify and support children who have been affected by child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation (CSA/CSE), and young people who are perpetrating abuse.
- Definitions and dynamics of child sexual abuse and exploitation
- Identifying young survivors of child sexual abuse and exploitation
- Barriers and best practice to facilitate disclosure of CSA/CSE
- Responding to disclosures and safety planning
- Illegal and immoral acts committed by perpetrators and the legal consequences
- How to respond to perpetrator scenarios
- Useful services – where to refer to and the services they offer
- Taking learning forward into practice
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Define and demonstrate understanding of child sexual abuse and exploitation
- Understand good practice in supporting disclosures and feel confident in responding
- Confidently make referrals and signpost young people to access support service
- Define and demonstrate an understanding of what a perpetrator is
- Highlight different offences and legalities around young people who are perpetrators
- Respond, use resources and refer on to other services when working with perpetrators
Domestic Abuse and the Impact on Children and Young people
The voice of children and young people is often missed in cases of domestic abuse. This course will help practitioners build their skills and knowledge around working with children and young people affected by domestic abuse, both whilst still living in abusive environments and post-separation. This course includes practical responses for practitioners working with children and young people to help build the confidence to effectively respond to their needs.
- Examining the connection between domestic abuse and child abuse
- The impact of domestic abuse on children and young people, and their relationship with their parents
- Supporting children whilst still living in situations where domestic abuse occurs
- Supporting children through contact arrangements
- Local services and where to refer to
By the end of the course, participants will:
- Gain deeper understanding of the impacts of domestic abuse on children and young people
- Feel increased confidence in supporting children whilst living in domestic abuse environments and during contact arrangements with parents following separation
- Be able to signpost children and parents to relevant support services
Protect Our Women (POW)
Protect Our Women is a course for young people aged 13 – 25, as well as professionals and volunteers working with young people. It aims to prevent violence against women and girls through challenging gender-based discrimination, social norms and gender stereotypes that perpetuate violence. POW facilitators deliver the course in schools, colleges, youth groups, universities and voluntary organisations all over London.
- Examination of different strands of violence against women and girls including: domestic abuse, sexual abuse, stalking, trafficking for sexual exploitation, prostitution, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honour-based violence.
- The nature, causes and impacts of violence
- Understanding of attitudes and stereotypes to different types of violence
- How to challenge negative attitudes safely
- Where to go for support and advice
- Flexible – choose individual workshops or the whole package, delivered from over 3 days to up to 10 weeks.
- Opportunity to gain an AQA award
- Gain new transferable skills
- Participants develop their understanding and attitudes around violence against women and girls in a safe space
By the end of the course, participants:
- Are able to identify all eight strands of violence against women and girls
- Understand situations where someone may be at risk of violence
- Are confident in safely challenging someone’s abusive behaviour
- Understand the legal implications of different types of violence
- Have knowledge of different services that offer support during and after abuse
Who is this for?
Young people aged 13 – 25, and professionals and volunteers working with young people, in educational or youth settings, including youth groups, 6th form and further education colleges, universities and voluntary organisations.
Flexible – choose individual workshops or the whole package, delivered from over 3 days to up to 10 weeks.