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16 May 2024

Webinar

Spotting the signs and indicators of child sexual abuse

A free one-hour webinar to guide professionals on how to use the CSA Centre’s Signs and Indicators Template in practice.

Date

16 May 2024

Time

09:00-10:00

Location

Online

Price

Free

Are you confident in your knowledge of the signs and indicators of sexual abuse and sexually abusive behaviour? Would you like advice on using our Signs and Indicators Template to build a picture of your concerns when you are worried about a child?
This free webinar gives professionals working with children the knowledge and confidence to gather the wider the emotional, behavioural and physical signs and indicators of sexual abuse.

About this webinar

Research indicates that just one in three children who had been sexually abused by an adult told anyone at the time. Understandably, children often find it very difficult to tell us about the sexual harm they are experiencing.

There are many barriers to children sharing their experiences of sexual abuse. We know from research and data that it simply isn’t likely that a child will feel able to tell professionals directly what is happening or recognise that what is happening to them is abuse. Instead, they may show other emotional, behavioural and physical signs of their abuse.

The CSA Centre’s free Signs and Indicators Template helps professionals build a picture of their concerns when they are worried that a child or young person they are working with is being, or has been, sexually abused.

This one-hour session will introduce professionals to the Signs and Indicators Template and give an opportunity to use it in practice. It aims to give professionals working with children the knowledge and confidence to act when they are concerned about a child. Both the template and this webinar have been designed to support professionals across a range of organisations and agencies to systematically observe, record and communicate their concerns about the signs which may indicate child sexual abuse.

Who is this webinar for?

This course is for any professional whose role may involve contact with children, including those in social care, health (primary care, mental health, accident and emergency, midwifery, health visiting, sexual health), police, adoption services, fostering services, schools and any other relevant services in contact with children, young people, parent(s) or carer(s). The timings of the webinars have been selected to ensure that anyone, no matter their profession, should find a convenient time be able to attend.

What can you expect to gain?

Following the webinar, you can expect to have:

  • An understanding of the Signs and Indicators Template and how to use it in practice
  • The ability to build a picture of concerns when you are worried a child is being, or has been, sexually abused
  • Greater knowledge of the emotional, behavioural and physical signs of sexual abuse and sexually abusive behaviour, and the factors that increase children’s vulnerability to this form of harm
  • Greater confidence in identifying, discussing, exploring and communicating concerns that a child is being sexually abused

Who will run the webinar?

This course will be led by an expert trainer who has significant experience in working with children and families where sexual abuse is a concern, delivering training, and working within multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.