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Introduction to harmful sexual behaviours

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Young people in care have a greater need for protection, but may also have had experiences which create the conditions for them to pose a risk to others. This course examines the real dilemmas in working with young people, how to begin to identify risk, and keeps a strong focus on the rights to a healthy childhood for all the young people involved. Read more …

dates, venues and booking
For information about when and where the next courses are running, please see below. Read more …

the course

Aims and objectives:

  • Improve professionals’ practical knowledge of Harmful Sexual Behaviours (HSB) and increase confidence in dealing with HSB.
  • Distinguish between developmentally typical sexual behaviour and sexual behaviour that is inappropriate, problematic, or abusive and know when and what action and intervention is required.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the prevalence of Harmful Sexual Behaviours (HSB)
  • Highlight the increasing role of technology in HSB.
  • Better understanding and response to the complexities of Technology-Assisted Child Sexual Abuse (TACSA)
  • Show the impact professional, personal and unconscious biases have when responding to HSB.
  • Recognise and identify the impact of HSB on all people around the child including families and practitioners.
  • Develop confidence in responding to young people exhibiting HSB including how we accurately document and record incidents.
  • By using the assessment tools available, create and understand a safety and intervention plan.

the trainers

Philip Baines from the Marie Collins Foundation

Philip joined Marie Collins Foundation as a consultant in March 2022 following a 30-year career as a police detective. The last 14 years of his service were in the Child Abuse Investigation Unit covering Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

During his police career, Philip also became a qualified trainer. For two years, he was the Thames Valley Police lead trainer in delivering courses to police and local authorities on how to investigate child abuse and to protect vulnerable people.

Philip designed and delivered the TVP ‘Specialist Child Abuse Investigative Development Programme’ (SCAIDP) to police forces throughout the south of the country.

booking and dates

This course is run in one six-hour day, delivered remotely on zoom,  and is £160+VAT. If you have booked five places the sixth place is free.

CHANASAP, NAFP, SW Forum, and RI Network members receive a 25% discount – members price is £120+VAT

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