Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Working with and Understanding the Needs of Young People with Diagnosed and Undiagnosed Learning Needs, and their Experiences of Trauma and Abuse

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Friday, 26th November, 2021

Helping My Autistic Child Stay Safe Online

This course is about developing awareness of child exploitation and learning disabilities and difficulties.

Young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) may often be isolated, which makes them more vulnerable. Many young people never have a diagnosis. Some are in mainstream schools, some in Pupil Referral Units, some are off-rolled, or not in school at all.

This course will explore he combined challenges faced by children and young people with learning needs, or who may have autism or development delay, who have experienced trauma.

We will explore how young people with learning needs are seen and understood.

We will also look at how we might pick up indications that a young person is being pushed around, at online risks and at how harm may be discovered or come to light and our role in this.

As there is no blue-print for safety, this course aims to open up discussion and change practice towards young people with learning needs.

Date: 26 November 2021
Time: 10:00 – 15:00 (with breaks)
Location: Online (we’ll send you an email invitation to a Microsoft Teams meeting after you sign up)
Cost: £99

The course will explore your role and multi-agency practice in:

  • Placing the child/young person at the heart of our work and listening to their experiences.
  • Reflecting on why these children and young people face higher risks. What does this mean for practice and the support their families need?
  • Looking at outcomes. Exploring why we need to change practice.
  • Understanding behaviour as communication. Talking about the best ways to work and build relationships with children with learning needs.
  • Supporting parents and foster parents. Helping children and young people to see them as a resource for protection.
  • Working as a team across agencies and specialisms.
  • Using our understanding of learning needs to make robust assessments.
  • Working with the police to ensure that young people are seen as credible witnesses.

We developed this course in partnership with the NWG, a national charity tackling exploitation. It will be delivered by Sarah Goff, Safeguarding Disabled Young People Manager at the Ann Craft Trust, and Sarah Brown, the trainer for the NWG.

Please note: If you book a place and cannot make it, please let us know within 28 days of the event. Otherwise we will charge you a cancellation fee. Feel free to send another delegate from your organisation in your place.

If we are required to quote a purchase order number on your invoice, please indicate this when booking. Your finance department will advise you on this. If the invoice is processed by your accounts or finance department, please ensure their email address is provided when booking. Your invoice will then be emailed in PDF format to the invoicing email address you provide.

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