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Caring for a Child who has been Sexually Abused

Subject category: General Health and Social Care

Course overview

This course has been developed for a range of social care practitioners whose role involves offering intensive support to those who care for children that have been sexually abused. This includes foster caregivers and adoptive parents.
Caring for a child who has been sexually abused can be demanding and challenging so without effective partnership working relationships can break down, together with any progress to assist recovery being hindered.
Learning about the child’s unique history is an important first step in providing a healing environment for children who have experienced sexual abuse. Within this course we will explore how being aware of what has happened in the child’s life, both good and bad, can impact on the child’s behavior and how the family or carers may need to make adjustments.
Throughout this course professional codes, regulating conduct, legislation and systemic practice is embedded.
This course is delivered using a range of methods and resources including:
Group discussions to share effective practice experiences, small group activities, organisational policies and case studies.
This course has been developed and mapped to:
The Children and Families Act 2014
The Care Act 2014
HCPC Standards of Proficiency for Social Workers
The Leadership Qualities Framework for Adult Social Care

Course content

Creating a safe place for the child
Recognising and applying a child centred approach
The impact of sexual abuse both physically and mentally
Subsequent problematic relationships and parenting
Helping children build coping strategies and resilience
Assisting recovery
Supervising contact
Providing the right level of support and therapy

Learning outcomes

  • Describe how to create a safe place
  • Give an example of how to apply a child centred approach
  • List the impact that sexual abuse can have on a child both physically and mentally
  • Describe the impact of sexual abuse on potential problematic relationships and parenting
  • List ways to help children build coping strategies and resilience
  • State ways to assist recovery
  • Explain your role in supervising contact
  • Explain how to establish how to providing the right level of support and therapy


6 hours

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