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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A model for helping troubled kids to recover…

The Trauma Recovery Model...

Ever felt lost for what to do next with a child or young person? Wondering what on earth you can do to make a difference?

Wouldn’t it be great to have map to show you the way?

TRM schematic ©Jonny Matthew & Tricia Skuse

TRM schematic ©Jonny Matthew & Tricia Skuse

Well now there’s a model which brings together needs, behaviour and interventions. It also takes account of development and suggests the sequence in which interventions should be applied.

Back to the drawing board…

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Introducing the TRM website…

I’m delighted to introduce you to a new website – www.TraumaRecoveryModel.com 

Myself and my colleague, Dr Tricia Skuse, have finally set up an online place for our model, The TRM.

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For those of you who work with troubled young people, in whatever field, this is for you…

To visit the site click here. There’s space for you to enter your email if you want to subscribe for future updates.

Enjoy!

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Working with harmful sexual behaviour – 2 essential staff support strategies…

Anyone working with troubled young people faces challenges. Such is the nature of the job.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/Sandocir

This is particularly the case, in my view, when working with troubled sexual behaviour. Managers and organisations have a duty of care for staff in this field.

So what do staff need?…

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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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Intra-familial child sexual abuse…

I love my family. Most of us do. But for some children, family is far more complex than it should be.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/lovleah

When sexual abuse is part of children’s family experience, it complicates matters incredibly. They love their family, too. But then there’s the other stuff…

What do we know about intra-familial child sexual abuse?…

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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?

Photo ©iStockphoto/enieni

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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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.

Sad boy...

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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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