Working with Sexually Abused Children and Young People Training Course (Level 3)

Course Overview

There are many different types of abuse and although all of these types are considered unacceptable by society, sexual abuse of children and young people is one which stands out as being particularly disturbing and upsetting.

Research by the NSPCC identified that 1 in 20 children have experienced sexual abuse, and 90% of those were abused by someone they knew. The research also identified that 1 in 3 children who experienced sexual abuse by an adult did not tell anyone about it.

This training course provides the knowledge and skills required to support children and young people who have been sexually abused and challenge this sensitive subject in a way which includes learners in a way which they feel comfortable and focuses on a positive approach to providing support. This is a Level 3 accredited course.

Course Aims

  • Understand what child sexual abuse is
  • Understand why sexual abuse can happen
  • Understand how sexual abuse can happen
  • Understand the impact of sexual abuse
  • Understand barriers to disclosure
  • Understand challenges of sexually abused children
  • Understand how to provide support

Course Objectives

  1. Confirm the meaning of sexual abuse and difference between child protection and safeguarding
  2. Discuss the meaning of further key terms including grooming, exploitation, sex tourism and sexting
  3. Consider the possible reasons why abuse can occur
  4. Discuss the ways in which an abuser may operate and 'groom‘ children and young people
  5. Identify with indicators and actions of sexual abuse
  6. Consider the social, emotional and psychological impact of abuse
  7. Discuss the challenges of disclosure for children and young people
  8. Identify with Finklehor’s pre-conditions of sexual abusers
  9. State legislation which prelates to sexual abuse and the reporting procedures following a disclosure
  10. Discuss the meaning of problematic sexualised behaviour
  11. Consider challenges with self-esteem, self-care and self-harming
  12. Consider ways to support and signpost people who have experienced sexual abuse


The course content are accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.


Each learner completing this course will receive an accredited Level 3 certificate of learning.

Links to QCF Units

This Child Sexual Abuse training course is designed to meet the standards outlined in the new Children’s Homes (England) Regulations which were introduced on 1st April 2015 and can contribute to outcomes of QCF units including the National Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.


This Child Sexual Abuse training course is designed for professionals working with children and young people including support teams, education professionals and foster carers.


This Working with Sexually Abused Children training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK.

Training Course Duration

1 Day (please contact us if you require training which runs to a different timescale).

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