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Intra-familial Child Sexual Abuse Learning Week - Conducting Assessments in Childcare Proceedings: understanding the wider context

A digital download of a session from our Intra-familal Child Sexual Abuse learning week. For the public and professionals alike,...
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A digital download of a session from our Intra-familal Child Sexual Abuse learning week.

For the public and professionals alike, thinking about child sexual abuse can be challenging - especially when those concerns of abuse are within the home environment. That's why we've created this series on intra-familial child sexual abuse, to support professional response in this area.

In this session,  Dr Sam Warner will be arguing for an inclusive evidence-base where values and language matter and are understood to frame assessment and intervention in intra-familial child sexual abuse. Sam will start by providing an overview of key issues in intra-familial child sexual abuse including considering how the silencing tactics of abuse traumatises children and adults. She also outlines key ways children and adults cope with abuse and consider how these coping strategies can impact memory; and she identifies wider developmental, familial and cultural factors which further impact survival and recovery. She will then outline how to conduct assessments with children and adults within families where sexual abuse has occurred. A trauma-based model of assessment and intervention is presented that encompasses abuse, relationships and risk. This trauma-based approach is used to make recommendations for how to work with those that cause harm, those that are harmed and those who may need help and support to protect others from harm.

Dr Sam Warner (B.A. hons; M. Clin. Psychol.; PhD; AFBPs) is a chartered and consultant clinical psychologist and honorary senior lecturer in the school of health and society at Salford University, UK. Sam works as a consultant, expert witness, psychotherapist, public speaker, strategic adviser, trainer, writer and academic. Sam has about thirty-five years’ experience of working with children, young people and adults who have complex mental health and safeguarding needs. Sam has specialised throughout her career in working with the impact of abuse-trauma on the mental health of clients, focusing on sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, and domestic abuse. Sam has led a variety of specialist sexual violence therapy services in the third sector, mental health, child protection, and in respect of residential services for girls at risk of sexual exploitation. Sam also works as an expert witness in childcare proceedings, and designs and delivers bespoke therapeutic services for children who area looked after, and their parents and carers. Sam works with both victims and perpetrators. She has written books, papers and reports on these issues. In her capacity as an expert in sexual violence, Sam has advised at national (e.g. Department of Health) and international levels (e.g. British Government, Stabilisation Unit). Sam has a particular interest in the interface between Sport, safeguarding and therapy, for example, acting as the mental health consultant for the Frank Bruno Foundation: a physical and mental wellbeing charity. Sam is committed to multi-agency working and is the chair of the Association of Child Protection Professionals charity.

About the video

Video length: 76 minutes

Featuring: Sam Warner, AoCPP/CSA Centre staff and event delegates.

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My membership is something I value as I work in academia, my knowledge and expertise is enhanced by the AoCPP community itself and the Child Abuse Review journal. I enjoy and receive great benefit from the opportunity to attend conference events and Congress to "tap into" cutting edge research and evidence of best practice nationally and internationally, all of which benefit the students on my teaching programmes and my own research and publications

Claire Richards, Lecturer, National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse (NCSPVA) Worcester.