Child sexual abuse and online sexual exploitation are prevalent in all areas of the world that have been studied. At some point, social service workers are likely to encounter victims of abuse and exploitation and to work with their caregivers and families. In doing so, it is critical to be aware of factors that render children and adolescents vulnerable to sexual abuse and online exploitation, recognise possible indicators of victimisation, and adopt a trauma-informed, rights-based approach to working with children and families who have experienced abuse or exploitation.
The webinar will address the following key questions:
- What are the definitions and dynamics of child sexual abuse?
- What are common forms of online sexual exploitation?
- What are the common risk factors and potential behavioural indicators that may signal victimisation?
- Which technics of grooming are used by offenders?
- What is considered under the concept of trauma-informed care?
- How should trauma-informed strategies be applied in working with abused/exploited children?