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Understanding child sexual abuse online – Lunchtime learning week

We’ve partnered with the Association of Child Protection Professionals for our second engaging and affordable week of lunchtime talks, Understanding child sexual abuse online, from the 13th to 17th November.

A recent US survey on child sexual abuse found that around 16% of respondents were abused through technology – this is likely underreported, and the true proportion may be far higher. With one in ten children in England and Wales experiencing some form of sexual abuse before the age of 16, understanding the role of technology and online contexts in sexual abuse is incredibly important. Tickets are £150 for the full week or £35 per session, with discounts for students and AOCPP members, book through their website:

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Key messages from research on child sexual abuse by adults in online contexts

We’ve launched our Key messages from research paper on child sexual abuse by adults in online contexts.

The internet, social media, digital devices and services are embedded in our daily lives. Indeed, research indicates that they are also likely to feature in most types of child sexual abuse. Although many professionals suggest they feel unable to help, as they are not ‘experts’ in technology, an effective response to abuse in online contexts requires the same core skills as for any form of child sexual abuse. That is relationship-based practice, talking to children and accepting what they say. Find out more in our latest Key messages paper.

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Key messages from research on Intra-familial child sexual abuse

We’ve refreshed our Key messages from research on intra-familial child sexual abuse, the latest in our series of updates to our accessible, quick-read papers.

Child sexual abuse in family settings is one of the most common forms of sexual abuse against children. It’s incredibly important that those working with children know where to find the knowledge and evidence they need to recognise the signs of intra-familial child sexual abuse, and protect and support the children and families they work with.

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Sibling sexual abuse and behaviour

In September, we launched a new free new resource, Sibling sexual behaviour: A guide to responding to inappropriate, problematic and abusive behaviour.

Professionals working with children need to be equipped to support and help young people who are experiencing sexual behaviour and abuse from their siblings. But despite having the core skills to respond, many professionals report a lack of knowledge or experience to feel confident in doing so effectively. This guide is designed to help; Part A covers the identification and understanding of sibling sexual behaviour and Part B covers the professional response.

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Key messages from research on the impacts of child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse can affect a child in many ways, no two people are impacted in the same way. However, confident identification and support from professionals can play a crucial role in limiting impacts both at the time and in the long-term.

Our new ‘Key messages from research on the impacts of child sexual abuse’ brings together the latest information in a quick-read accessible overview.

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