Foundation Courses

Foundation courses are one day basic awareness courses open to all levels of practitioner knowledge and experience

  One Day HSB Basic Awareness Course
Target audience
This course is targeted at caseworkers who are new to this area of work, youth workers and social care staff who care for children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour (HSB).
 
Course Aim
HSB can provoke considerable anxiety in parent/carers and professionals. One of the primary aims of this training is to demystify this whole area of work and empower carers and professionals to use skills they already have when managing children and young people who present with HSB. The training will provide professionals with some theoretical background about the development of sexual behaviour problems with structured guidelines for ways to intervene when HSB occurs.
 
This one-day course aims to develop practice confidence and competence in understanding and responding to HSB. 
 
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge of the prevalence and characteristics of harmful sexual behaviour.
Awareness of the theories that explain the development of harmful sexual behaviour. 
Understanding of the continuum of sexual behaviour for children/young people
Increased confidence in responding to and managing HSB. Parental/Carer Response
Professional/Organisational Response.
Awareness of what works in the treatment of children/young people who engage in sexually harmful behaviour.
An increased insight into staff support and care.
 
Target audienceThis course is targeted at caseworkers who are new to this area of work, youth workers and social care staff who care for children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour (HSB).  
One day course; Basic Awareness of Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviours.  
 
Target audience
This one-day awareness raising course has been designed for social care, youth offending, education, health staff and the third sector workforce with an introduction to how technology may play a role in harmful sexual behaviours. It is ideal for practitioners who may not be directly involved in risk assessments, but who wish to have an up to date understanding of this subject. 
Course Aim
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) acknowledges that, “no issue is more pressing for contemporary child protection than the role of the internet in facilitating child sexual abuse.” This one-day course aims to develop professional knowledge of technology assisted harmful sexual behaviour (TA-HSB) displayed by young people, which may include sexting/youth generated sexual images, indecent images of children and pornography use. 
 
This dynamic and interactive course will equip practitioners with an invaluable insight of the range and types of TA-HSB, and importantly how best to report and respond to these concerns. The content will include an overview of relevant research, legislation and statutory guidance relating to TA-HSB, and will include research findings on the impact of technology-assisted child sexual abuse on children and young people.  
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course participants will:
(i) Understand what types of behaviours constitutes Technology-Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour,
(ii) Know how best to respond and report TA-HSB concerns,
(iii) Be confident in applying relevant legislation and professional guidance,
(iv) Recognise and acknowledge the impact of technology-assisted child sexual abuse on children and young people.
Methodology
This interactive course will use a mixture of small and large group learning activities; case scenario testing; quizzes and presentations. The course handouts will provide comprehensive materials to support professional development. 
One day Basic Awareness Course on Autism and Harmful Sexual Behaviours
Target audience
This course is open to practitioners from all agencies and has been created to develop a professional understanding of adolescents on the autistic spectrum who are displaying harmful sexual behaviours. This will benefit those who need to have an understanding of the subject, even if they are not involved in assessments or direct work, as well as those who undertake complex HSB assessments.
 
 
Course Aim
This one-day course aims to develop practice knowledge and confidence in understanding adolescents on the autistic spectrum who are displaying concerning problematic or harmful sexual behaviours. It provides information from research and practice on the main schools of thought about autism and its impact on development, including sexual development and the similarities and differences between autistic adolescents and neuro-typical adolescents when there are concerns about their sexual behaviour. 
It provides guidance on the factors to consider when trying to understand the sexual behaviour of an adolescent on the autistic spectrum and an introduction to some of the interventions that are helpful with adolescents and their parents.
 
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course participants will:
(i) Have an understanding of autism and its impact on development including sexual development. 
 
(ii) Have an understanding from the research and practice base about the similarities and differences between autistic adolescents and neuro-typical adolescents when there are concerns about their sexual behaviours
(iii) Have an understanding of relevant information to gather to develop a balanced perspective on the adolescent’s behaviour
iv) Have an understanding of some of the interventions that are helpful with autistic adolescents and their parents.