Advanced Courses

Advanced courses are two-day in-depth courses which train participants how to use our models and guidance. These will be targeted at experienced practitioners, who have a good basic awareness of (HSB). This clarity is to facilitate training commissioners in deciding what level of training their staff require in order for the participants to be able to maximise their learning from the course.

All our advanced courses are two days and are designed to build on previous knowledge of HSB, either through attendance on our foundation courses, or through relevant practice experience, therefore they are pitched at a more advanced level of practice knowledge and understanding. The courses cover the AIM models for assessment and intervention for children and adolescents and also specialist topics such as Technology-Assisted HSB, Restorative Justice and Restorative Practice Approaches and Sibling HSB. It also includes a Manager/ Supervisor’s Course.

Attendance Criteria:

Practitioners must have at least a basic understanding of HSB, gained through our foundation courses or relevant practice experience.

For all the assessment courses, participants need to have experience in complex assessments generally and ideally experience of working with HSB.

For the Technology Assisted HSB course, there is an additional requirement that the participants have some previous experience in working with this on their case loads

For the Intervention Course, there is a requirement that the participants have experience of assessment work and/or direct work with children and young people.

 Provision of certification for completing the entire course

We now intend only to provide certificates for practitioners who complete a full course, due to our concern that partial completion of courses may impact on the effectiveness of later practice. We totally understand the pressures of work and home life and there may be short periods of absence, that may be negotiable with the trainer, but by a full course we mean, that the trainer is satisfied that the participant has attended all the significant aspects of the understanding and application of the model or guidance.

AIM offers advanced course in the following;

Two day Course on AIM Under 12s Assessment Model for Children who display problematic or harmful sexual behaviours.
Target audienceThis course is targeted at experienced professionals who are working with children under the age of 12 years, who are presenting with problematic or harmful sexual behaviours. This includes Practitioners in Social Care, Youth Offending and Specialist Providers. Participants should have a basic understanding of harmful sexual behaviours, either gained through attendance at our foundation courses or through relevant practice experience. In addition, participants also need to have practice experience of complex assessments generally and ideally some experience of assessments of sexual behaviours. 
Course AimThis two-day course aims to develop practice confidence and competence in completing an AIM Under 12s Assessment on a child under 12 years old and developing targeted safety plans for them and their families.  This training provides the practitioner with skills in analyzing problematic and harmful sexual behaviour to create profiles of risk and need and develop through case formulation, effective safety plans. Competency RequirementPlease note:We have introduced a competency requirement for this course, to increase the quality of assessments undertaken and improve the impact on outcomes for children. Participants will be expected to complete a case study at the end of the course, to demonstrate their understanding of the AIM Under 12s model and their potential ability to implement their learning from the course into practice. If successful, the participants will then be certified as competent and approved by AIM to use the AIM Under 12s model. Post course, quality assurance on how AIM Under 12s is used in practice should be provided through the practitioner’s line management.
Learning OutcomesBy the end of the course participants will:(i) Have competence in undertaking an AIM Under 12s assessment  (ii) Have an understanding of why younger children display problematic / harmful sexual behaviours(iii) Know the relevant information to collect and have been able to analyse this to develop a profile of the child, their family and context using the AIM Under 12s Assessment model. (iv) Have confidence in developing safety and intervention plans responsive to the AIM Under 12s assessment profile 
 Two day course on AIM3 Assessment Model
Target audienceThis course is targeted at experienced professionals who are working with adolescents with harmful sexual behaviours (HSB). This includes practitioners in Social Care, Youth Offending and Specialist HSB Providers. Participants should have a basic understanding of harmful sexual behaviours, either gained through attendance at our foundation courses or through relevant practice experience. In addition, participants also need to have practice experience of complex assessments generally and ideally some experience of assessments of sexual behaviours. 
Course AimThis two-day course aims to develop practice confidence and competence in completing an AIM3 Assessment with a young person. This training provides the practitioner with skills in analyzing harmful sexual behaviour to create profiles of risk and need and develop through case formulation, effective safety plans. Competency RequirementPlease note:We have introduced a competency requirement for this course, to increase the quality of assessments undertaken and improve the impact on outcomes for young people. Participants will be expected to complete a case study at the end of the course, to demonstrate their understanding of the AIM3 model and their potential ability to implement their learning from the course into practice. If successful, the participants will then be certified as competent and approved by AIM to use the AIM3 model. Post course, quality assurance about how AIM3 is used in practice should be provided through the practitioners’ line management.
Learning OutcomesBy the end of the course participants will:(i) Have competence in undertaking an AIM3 assessment (ii) Know the relevant information to collect and collate re HSB(iii) Be able to analyse the relevant information to develop a profile of the young person, their family and context using the AIM3 model(iv) Have confidence in developing safety and intervention plans responsive to the AIM3 assessment profile 
 Two Day AIM Intervention Course: Working with young people who display harmful sexual behavior 
Target audienceThis course is targeted at professionals from Social Care, Youth Offending and Specialist providers, who are working with young people presenting with harmful sexual behaviours (HSB). Participants should have a basic understanding of harmful sexual behaviours, gained through attending our foundation courses, and/or possibly AIM3 training, or relevant practice experience. There is also a requirement that the participants have experience of complex assessment work and/or direct work with children and young people. 
Course AimThis two-day course aims to develop practice confidence and competence in working with young people with harmful sexual behaviours, and their families. It is based on the AIM Intervention Guidance (Guilhermino & McCarlie 2019) which is designed to complement the AIM3 assessment and case formulation outcome. It will describe an intervention framework containing four stages which has been devised to ensure intervention goals are bespoke to each young person based on their developmental needs. Theoretical perspectives underpinning interventions are provided, along with guidance, exercises and tools that can be used during each stage of the framework with young people, parents/carers and other relevant adults. The training highlights the essential role adults play in preventing or supporting the effectiveness of interventions.  
Learning OutcomesBy the end of the course participants will:Develop confidence and competence in using the AIM Intervention Framework to develop an intervention plan bespoke to the individual needs of a young person Understand the need for engagement and openness with all the adults around the young person Have an understanding of the theories and approaches underpinning the frameworkHave been provided with examples of exercises for use in practice and the opportunity to try these out.
 Two Day Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour (TA-HSB) Guidance Training Course
Target audienceThis course is targeted at experienced practitioners in social work, youth offending and specialist providers, who need to have at least a basic understanding of concerning sexual behaviours, gained through AIM or NSPCC foundation courses, or relevant practice experience, which ideally includes working with technology assisted harmful sexual behaviour on their case loads  A separate one day Basic Awareness Course on TA-HSB will be available for practitioners who would benefit from having an understanding of the subject, but may not be involved in assessments or direct work, as well those practitioners who wish to go on to take our advanced courses.  
Course AimThis two-day course aims to develop practice confidence and competence in understanding how technology can facilitate harmful sexual behaviours. It is drawn from and complements the AIM & NSPCC Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour (TA-HSB) guidance (Allotey & Swann 2019) and has been designed to help practitioners to formulate judgements about risk in the context of concerns arising from an adolescent’s technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviours (TA-HSB) and the development of safety plans.This training provides the understanding from research and practice on these types of behaviours and gives guidance on how the model works. It highlights the nuances in practice that workers may face and helps to develop analytical skills in relation to TA-HSB. 
Learning OutcomesBy the end of the course participants will:(i) Have an understanding of current research findings regarding technology assisted sexual harm(ii) Know how to collect and collate relevant information regarding TA-HSB(iii) Learn how to develop a case formulation (iv) Be confident in establishing safety plans. 
Two Day Adolescent Harmful Sexual Behaviour  (HSB)  and Restorative Practice (RP)Training Course 
Target audienceThe course is targeted at RJ/RP staff who are either currently encountering or will be working with cases of sexual harm that have the possibility of  restorative practice. The course contains a significant element of skills training but assumes that participants are already trained and experienced RJ/RP practitioners  
Course AimThis course will enable participants to have a clear understanding of the issues, challenges and potential benefits of using Restorative Practices in cases of adolescent HSB. It will cover research and practice knowledge and through role play and group exercises it will enable participants to practice skills most appropriate to safe and effective restorative work in cases of HSB.  
Learning OutcomesBy the end of this course participants will;Gain some knowledge of the practice/methodology employed in RP to facilitate communication in cases of HSB.Have some understanding of the characteristics of Adolescent Harmful Sexual behaviour and the opportunities and challenges this createsExplore the potential impacts of HSB from a victim’s perspectiveTo consider the familial harm and impact that occurs in cases of HSB and what families might gain from participation in the processTo practice the skills necessary to run a safe restorative practice  in cases of HSBUnderstand the importance of an RP assessment to ensure safe and effective restorative practice   
Two day course Sibling HSB and Restorative Practice
Target AudienceThe course is targeted at HSB caseworkers, Social Care staff, Youth Offending Team staff, victim support workers and those in restorative services who may be considering taking on cases of sibling Harmful Sexual behaviour. It does not require practice experience to Restorative Approaches in the field of Restorative Practice and will not train skills in relation.
Course AimThis course considers and explores the characteristics of sibling HSB and seeks to improve professionals’ confidence and ability to respond therapeutically to these situations. The first day will consider messages from research, consider impact and relational consequences, whilst  day 2 will focus upon the potential application of Restorative Practices to assist in family reunification. Both days will highlight the importance of inter agency/multi disciplinary work. 
Learning OutcomesBy the end of this course participants will:Have knowledge of research and practice about the prevalence and characteristics of sibling harmful sexual behaviour.Be able to identify the family context where sibling harmful sexual behaviour is more likely to occur.To have an understanding of responses to disclosures of sibling harmful sexual behaviour with particular reference to denial / minimisation and explore the impact of sibling  harmful sexual  behaviour on the victim, perpetrator and family relationships using a case study Explore the potential for restorative approaches in the workplace for sibling HSB and consider what the benefits might beBe aware of the use of assessment approaches to determine suitability and inform preparation for Restorative Practice