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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NOTA Wales 2016

One Day Spring Conference on 22 April in Newport...

This year’s NOTA Wales Spring Conference is going to be a cracker!

We have David Prescott heading the event for us – he’ll be talking about feedback informed treatment…

NOTA Wales 2016


David PrescottDavid Prescott…

David is our keynote speaker this year. He is one of the world’s foremost thinkers and practitioners on assessing and treating sexual violence and trauma.

He has produced 13 different book projects as well as numerous articles, academic papers and book chapters.

David currently serves as Director of Professional Development and as a Clinical Director of Beckett Family Services in the U.S.

His subject this year: feedback informed treatment and answering delegates’ questions!

Here are the details…

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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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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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Developmental perspectives in understanding problematic sexual behaviour in children & young people…

There’s not much I like more than really good quality free stuff!

This webinar from NEARI Press is exactly that. It’s quality and it’s free.

The speaker in this video is Dr Robert Kinscherff who co-wrote an excellent booklet of the same name.

The focus of this presentation is something I believe in very passionately…

Developmental perspectives…

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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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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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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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Why working together works…

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/Palto

I just got back from a conference. It was a unique one for me. I gave my first ever keynote speech.

But that wasn’t why it stood out. It stood out because of how the agencies worked together.

Why is it that after 30+ years of youth work in various roles and settings, I’ve rarely seen this done well?

Why working together is still the ideal to aim for…

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