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Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board

Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board

Email: safeguardingboard@lewisham.gov.uk

Tel: 020 8314 3396

What is Sexual Violence?

Target Group            Professionals who work directly with children, young people and families, and who contribute to

                                   assessing, planning, intervening, and reviewing the needs of a child or young person

Trainer:                     Rape Crisis South London / Surry & Sussex

Times:                       9:30am – 4:30pm

Dates:                       Thursday 31st January 2019 (moved from Tuesday 2nd October 2018) This course is now full. 

Delegates:                20 places                              


You can expect to examine the myths and realities of sexual violence within a framework of violence against women and girls. Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the grooming and silencing tactics used by perpetrators, along with how this relates to the law surrounding rape, childhood sexual abuse and exploitation and consent.

Participants will also learn a model of best practice on how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence sensitively and appropriately, whilst taking into consideration the impacts of trauma caused by rape and childhood sexual abuse.

Time spent on each area may vary to ensure topics of direct relevance to participants’ client work are given priority. All participants receive an in-depth training resource pack and a certificate of attendance to count towards their continued professional development.

  • Sexual Violence Myths:
    • How is sexual violence portrayed in the media?
    • How do societal attitudes towards sexual violence inhibit disclosure?
  • Sexual Violence Facts:
    • Legal definitions of rape, sexual assault by penetration and sexual assault
    • Definition of consent in law and practice
    • What is childhood sexual abuse and exploitation?
    • Grooming and silencing techniques used by perpetrators
  • Impacts and Responses to Sexual Violence
    • How do survivors respond and for what reasons?
    • Understanding the impact of sexual violence on the body and the self
  • Response Based Therapy and the Empowerment Model
    • Best practice in responding to disclosures of sexual violence
    • Practice based evidence from Rape Crisis
    • Specialist sexual violence referral pathways
  • Support for Professionals Working with Survivors of Sexual Violence


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