Child sexual abuse – rethinking ‘disclosure’ to provide a more proactive and protective response

15:30 - 16:30

What should social workers do if they suspect a child is being sexually abused but no disclosure has been made? How should they respond when children speak or behave in a way that is concerning? In this session the Centre for expertise on child sexual abuse, who led the development of Community Care Inform’s knowledge and practice hub on CSA, will share their latest findings about disclosure to support social workers:

  • Clarify their understanding of disclosure, the different evidence requirements of the criminal justice and child protection systems and what this means for how you should respond to concerning behaviour or demeanour
  • Learn the barriers to disclosure and the different stages a child may go through before they can make a disclosure and what support they need from social workers at each stage
  • Know how to safely handle disclosures and respond so the child knows they are supported and believed
Speakers tbc

Jane Wiffin, practice improvement advisor, Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse