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Advanced Keeping Kids Safe

Event Details
Date: 24-25 September 2019
Venue: Hobart
CPD hrs: 10
Early bird: $380
Regular: $420
Organiser: Sexual Assault Support Service

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The majority of sexually abusive behaviour involving children is carried out by people within the child’s circle of family and friends. Reports of this abuse being carried out by other children and young people is on the increase, creating new challenges for those of us working with children.

In this workshop we will describe the building blocks of effective communication skills integral to the development of protective behaviours. Good communication is the vital link between the inner world of children and their parents, carers and support workers. When we create positive relationships with children through effective communication the likelihood of their being abused decreases and opportunities to disclose are increased.

Receiving a disclosure from a young person can be an overwhelming and challenging moment. It is also a privileged moment in which we have the opportunity to take action that will have a lasting impact on that young person. We will look at responding to disclosures via a trauma informed lens, taking into consideration the young person’s attachment history and the importance of our own reactions and responses in the moment.

The final part of the day will focus on building an understanding problem sexual behaviours and sexually abusive behaviours. Reference will be made to developmentally normative behaviours and the difference between PSB/SAB will be clarified. While young people displaying PSB/SAB pose a risk to other children, they are also require support for themselves. Early intervention and recognition of these behaviours is the best way to maximise positive outcomes.

Learning objectives

Day One:

  • Identify and describe problem sexual behaviours and sexually abuse behaviours
  • Differentiate normative sexual development from problematic behaviours
  • Risky and harmful behaviours are the problem, not the young person
  • Support the development of protective behaviours amongst young people
  • Respond effectively to disclosures
  • Basic understanding of trauma theory and trauma informed practice
  • Commonly used tools in grounding and de-escalating clients exhibiting trauma related symptoms

Day Two:

  • Aetiology of sexually abusive and problematic behaviours
  • Introductory assessment and treatment tools for PSB/SAB
  • Safety planning for children and young people exhibiting PSB/SAB

Presenter details

Peter Baldwin BSW. Peter is an enthusiastic and skilled counsellor, sexuality educator and trainer. Peter’s knowledge and passion for social and cultural change regarding the complex issues of sexual assault, sexuality and consent shine through in his educational workshops. Peter holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Tasmania, with previous studies in Sociology & Psychology. Peter has completed professional development in trauma informed practice via Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) and is passionate about upskilling others in this best practice model. Peter has also completed Moira Carmody’s Sexual Ethics and Violence Prevention Program, specialising in educating young people on how to navigate sexual intimacy ethically and safely, whilst also preventing harm. Peter has worked in various roles with SASS, including counselling, intake, community education and policy, cooperating with interstate services developing the world’s first standards of practice document for engaging male survivors of sexual assault.
Laura Davis BCom, MSexol, GradDipCouns. Laura has an academic background in Commerce, Sexology and Counselling, having completed her Masters in Sexology at Curtin University. Laura has a dedicated interest in teaching media literacy, and has expertise on the impact of media and pornography on self-esteem, body image and other outcomes of sexual objectification. Within her Masters, Laura completed a dissertation studying the objectifying effect of sexualized images of women on t-shirts worn by men, and the impact of this on women’s lives.

Date and location

Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Hobart
24-25 Sep 2019


Early bird: $380
Regular: $420


Phone: (03) 6231 0044
AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers