Engaging children and parents affected by child sexual abuse

Emerging Minds and Mental Health Professionals' Network (MHPN), Australia, June 2020

This webinar features an interdisciplinary panel discussion of a case study. Facilitated by Mr Daniel Moss – Emerging Minds’ Workforce Development Manager. The panel includes Practice Manager for specialised family violence services, Relationships Australia, Mr David Tully, psychiatrist Dr Liz Coventry, and general practitioner Dr May Su.

Learning outcomes

This webinar explores the role of professionals in preventing the long-term negative consequences associated with child sexual abuse and discusses practical strategies in working effectively with children who have been abused and supporting non-offending parents to provide consistent and non-blaming messages to help recovery. It provides participants with the following learnings:

  • Outline the prevalence of child sexual abuse in Australia and those children who are most at risk
  • Describe practical strategies to support children affected by sexual abuse to disclose and responses from health professionals that can support recovery
  • Identify effective engagement strategies with parents and family members which focus on consistent and supportive messaging which helps the child affected by sexual abuse make sense of their experience and recover from negative effects
  • Outline ethical practices in reporting sexual abuse and how to refer to specialist agencies.

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