Indecent images of children

Guidance for young people...

Sharing content online and across social networks is easy!

No-one knows this better than young people – they are the digital generation.

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The government has now published some guidance to help young people understand the dangers of indecent images…

Instant – but lasts a lifetime…

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Kids With Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Keeping victim experiences central...

Before I left my specialist position working with harmful sexual behaviour full time, we’d dealt with over 800 cases.

That teaches you a thing or two about how the whole thing works!

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Nagy-Bagoly Ilona (adapted)

One lesson that stands out…

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Teaching teenagers about sexual consent:

If it's not "yes", it's "No"...

If you work with young people, the issue of sex is never far away.

Are they practicing safe sex? Do they understand consent? These are key issues.

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Antonio Guillem (adapted)

Great new FREE video series…

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Harmful sexual behaviour work – some resources…

No-one leaves school wanting to work with sex offenders! Obviously.

But some of us end up there. That’s what happened to me.

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Image courtesy of ©Barnardo’s

So I thought I would share a few of the resources I’ve come across during my years working with harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) in children and young people…

Useful resources for HSB work…

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Apps to help you help teenagers – No.2… WudU?

Engaging young people is tricky at times. But engaging them about sexual exploitation is another thing again!

But recent news stories like the Rotherham scandal illustrate just how important it is for us to try…

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/picmov

But what can we – you and me – possibly do to stop scandals like Rotherham? Well, maybe harnessing the power of mobile technology will help? After all, young people today are the digital generation

An app to address Child Sexual Exploitation – really?…

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Sexual abuse – what’s the damage?

It’s a daily occurrence on the news these days – another sexual abuse case. But what of the victims?

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Photo ©iStockphoto/enieni

We know that kids can be resilient, but what other factors influence the harm caused? What do we know about the impact of sexual abuse on the children themselves?

What makes the bad even worse?

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Miss this at your peril: 5 reasons to go to NOTA 2014…

NOTA International Conference 2014 – York, U.K. Sept.10-12

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Why should I go to the NOTA conference?

…because it is, quite simply, the best training opportunity in the UK for anyone who works with children and young people (and adults) with sexual behaviour problems.

Amongst other things, you can be sure to find:

  • up-to-date research
  • specialist resources
  • practice innovations and ideas
  • support from like-minded colleagues
  • opportunities to build your network, including with others from your part of the country (see the NOTA branches page for more on this)
  • 3 days off work!

So, I guess it’s time to talk to your boss or dig deep in the austerity-resistant part of your purse or wallet and get yourself booked in.

If this sounds like a bit of a hard sell, it is; for the following…

5 reasons:

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Male victims of sexual abuse – 3 myths…

I’ve lost count of how many boys and young men I’ve encountered who were victims of childhood sexual abuse. It’s the nature of the job.

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The typical perpetrator is male. The typical victim is female. And we have an image of both in our minds.

Such stereotypes of sexual abuse, whether they are accurate or not, can detract from good practice.

Professionals working with young people who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) MUST think beyond the caricatures. We must reject the stereotypes.

Myths about males as victims of sexual abuse…

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Harmful sexual behaviour in adolescents – key books…

When I meet someone who’s an expert in their field, I often ask this question: “What single book would you recommend to someone who wants an overview of this subject?”

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/Sashkinw

Occasionally-when there are no experts available!-I’m asked the same question. One of the subjects that crops up more than most is harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) in children and young people…

Good reading on HSB…

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Celebrity sex abuse: “No smoke without a fire…?”

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I’ve worked for many years with young people and sexual abuse.

Like lots of my colleagues, I’ve run the gauntlet of possible false accusation. Just by working to help damaged and vulnerable children in such a sensitive area, this risk is present. It happens.

But the greatest dread is not the accusation. My conscience is clear and my practice has been upright. Always.

The dread is this: if I ever were accused, the words, “There’s no smoke without a fire,” could be applied, regardless of my innocence.

Ken Roache’s acquittal has brought this starkly to the fore once again…

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11 things you need to know about online child abuse…

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Online sexual offending is changing…

Most of us know that children fall victim to sexual abuse online. But how much do we know about how it happens?

The latest threat report from CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre) outlines a number of developments in the way offenders prey on children.

How kids get “hooked” by offenders…

Here is a quick summary of the major trends and changes in the way Britain’s estimated 50,000 online sexual offenders seek to abuse using the internet:

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