Understanding and preventing child sexual exploitation workshop

Event description

This training enables professionals and agencies involved with children and young people to gain a greater understanding of child sexual exploitation (CSE).

It explores the sophisticated models of recruitment (‘grooming’) used to sexually exploit young people as well as teaching skills in assessment and intervention with the aim of protecting young people and preventing child sexual exploitation within communities.

Day 1 – Understanding and preventing child sexual exploitation

This workshop looks at the current body of research in both an Australian and overseas context and covers the following key elements:

  • Definitions and exploration of processes of control used in CSE.
  • Common risk indicators found to be present in cases of CSE.
  • Examining stereotypes and the use of language when responding to CSE.
  • The impact of sexual exploitation and the needs of young people when considering intervention.
  • How to risk assess specific cases to enable an informed approach to intervention.

Day 2 – Practical challenges of child sexual exploitation

This workshop aims to support professionals and agencies involved with children and young people to gain a greater depth in knowledge and understanding of CSE and will cover the following key elements:

  • Discuss challenges and barriers to engaging with young people resistant to change.
  • Understand how to better support young people with additional needs.
  • Develop an understanding of the potential for victims to become perpetrators, and potential ways to work with them.
  • Suggestions and tips for dealing with disclosures of CSE.
  • Potential resources and techniques for problem solving.

Training resources and catering are included. Free parking is available at the venue or on-street parking.

Workshop details

Please note this is a two-day workshop. You must complete day 1 to participate in day 2.

Select your preferred date and use the link to book:

April: Tuesday 9 April 2024 and Wednesday 10 April 2024 – 9:00am to 4:30pm – book here

June: Tuesday 18 June 2024 and Wednesday 19 June 2024 – 9:00am to 4:30pm – book here

September: Monday 9 September 2024 and Tuesday 10 September 2024 – 9:00am to 4:30pm – book here 

December: Tuesday 10 December 2024 and Wednesday 11 December 2024 – 9:00am to 4:30pm – book here

About the facilitator

These workshops will be facilitated by Project Paradigm, an initiative of IFYS.

Content and trigger warning

This training is intended to provide professionals with a good working knowledge of the complex nature of child sexual exploitation and as such the content covered will include the following topics: sexual violence, rape, power, child sexual abuse, child abuse and drug and alcohol use. This will also involve discussions about real life cases which is intended to help participants understand the very real impacts for children and young people in these situations. These topics and the material covered can at times be uncomfortable, and whilst every effort has been made to alert attendees to sensitive and traumatic material, we cannot foresee which elements of the content may be potentially triggering, especially for those with lived experience. We encourage participants to consider at their own discretion whether this training is appropriate for them.