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This course is intended to give social care professionals a greater insight into the complexities and principles of working with families where sexual abuse of children is a feature and use this to improve risk assessment and risk management. This is achieved through understanding who perpetrators of sexual abuse are, what behaviour they exhibit and motivations behind offending and developing knowledge of the risk factors behind sexual offending. Delegates will also develop knowledge of the legal framework with reference to the Sex offender register (SOR), Sexual Harm Prevention Orders (SHPOs), Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme (CSODS) and the role of criminal justice agencies in the management of these cases. The course also looks at the role of the non offending parent or caregiver and how we can use this understanding to work more effectively with families. Delegates will also develop skills in working with those who perpetrate sexual abuse against children and be able to signpost them to support services.

Who is Sexual Abuse and Risk Assessment aimed at?

All social care staff, including Youth Justice, Social Workers, Education Professionals and Early Intervention staff who work with children and young people. In particular, those that are involved in risk assessments for families where sexual abuse is a feature

Course Length

1 day

Learning Outcomes

by the end of the course deleagtes will be able to:-

  • Understand what a “sex offender” is and how this is defined in legislation and practice
  • Identify different types of sexual offending and the people who commit them. Particular reference will be made to those offenders who view indecent images and how this informs risk assessment and management.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the theoretical base behind sexual offending
  • Identify risk assessment tools and acute risk factors to predict sexual reoffending
  • Increase knowledge of how risk is managed through multi agency approaches
  • Develop skills in working with children and young people in families where sexual abuse is suspected
  • Develop skills in working with those who perpetrate sexual abuse against children.


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