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Dealing with the Effects of Abuse and Neglect on Children and Young People

Understanding how schools can help to provide support for pupils and their families affected by abuse

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This course is only available to be delivered in your school. To find out how we can tailor this course to fit your needs, call our in-house team on 020 8253 8241 to receive a free, no-obligation quote.

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Suitable for: This course will benefit those in schools and colleges with responsibility for policy, planning and delivering pastoral support, safeguarding and sex and relationships education. It will help schools to evaluate and review current policies and practice; provide the necessary information to staff, pupils and parents and engage effectively with external agencies.

Phases suitable for:

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Further Education

Course Reference: 8281WW

Child abuse is headline news and it is critical that schools understand how they can help to protect and support pupils involved. This course looks at the nature of abuse and addresses a wide range of issues, referencing the latest national advice and guidance. It uses the findings of current research and reports, including case studies, to suggest approaches schools can use to provide effective support, including the importance of establishing partnerships with external agencies.

  • Understand the nature of abuse and recognise the signs of different types of abuse
  • Review, evaluate and update current policies and practices with reference to current legislation and guidance
  • Develop or review a framework for assessing and addressing the needs of children who have been abused
  • Explore specific programmes and resources, including government supported projects, and information on a range of external support agencies


Understanding the nature of abuse
  • The definition, characteristics and effects of abuse and abusive relationships emphasising imbalance of power and abuse of trust
  • The different types of abuse including the consideration of specific issues including Domestic Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Forced Marriages, Sexual Exploitation, and Peer Abuse
  • Advise and training for staff on recognising the signs that abuse may be taking place
Peer abuse
  • The nature of peer abuse and how to recognise the difference between abuse and normal experimentation in peer relationships
  • Deciding how to respond to abusive behaviour, including sexually harmful behaviour, by children and young people
  • What advice and guidance needs to be provided to pupils and parents
Protective factors
  • The 'at risk' factors that make some children and young people vulnerable to abuse
  • How schools can help build resilience and other 'protective' skills
  • What the school needs to include in its Sex and Relationship Education curriculum
School approaches to addressing abuse
  • The role(s) of staff: the whole staff and key postholders
  • The importance of confidentiality and deciding who needs to know
  • The school’s role working with external agencies to assess needs and provide support
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