Knowledge and Practice Hubs

Child sexual abuse knowledge and practice hub

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  • Why knowing about signs and indicators isn’t enough: learn to recognise the factors that can make a child and family vulnerable and the signs of abusive behaviour in adults to identify when children are at risk and how to make them safer, including when you’re unsure if child sexual abuse is definitely taking place.
  • Understand why disclosures are not always made in words, what practitioners can do to support children and young people with the difficult task of disclosure and what to say and do after a disclosure.
  • Get insight into different ways of working with a child and family after abuse has been disclosed and the role of different agencies, whether or not further action is taken by police.
  • Includes perspectives from survivors of child sexual abuse and their families, as well as case studies and group activities to help you apply the guidance to practice.

Resources in this hub can help you meet point 5 of the Knowledge and skills statement for child and family practitioners: Abuse and neglect of children.

Authors

Anna GlinskiAnna Glinski is Deputy Director, Knowledge and Practice Development at the Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse.

Anna is a qualified social worker and has worked in statutory child protection and specialist services as a practitioner and manager. Before joining the Centre of expertise in 2017 (initially as practice improvement advisor for social work), she was the practice development lead for CSA in East Sussex.

Practitioners from different disciplines in the East Sussex specialist team have contributed some of the practice-focused content, and Anna’s colleagues at the CSA Centre have contributed guidance on medical examinations, the latest research and the specific issues for boys and children from BAME backgrounds who are victims of sexual abuse.

Survivor and family perspectives throughout the hub are provided by clients of the Survivors’ Network.

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