Intra-familial child sexual abuse

Learning Event : Research messages workshop
The Studio Manchester, Manchester
09:30 to 16:30 Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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We are running another delivery of this workshop on 5 December in London. Please click here for further information.

Ofsted have indicated that intra-familial child sexual abuse (IFCSA) will be the focus of the ‘deep dive’ element of future Joint Targeted Area Inspections (Rogers 2016). The Children’s Commissioner for England’s two-year inquiry into child sexual abuse in the family environment (Horvath et al, 2014; CCE 2015) estimated that one in eight children abused in the family environment come to be identified by professionals; the remainder are unknown to protective services. The inquiry also found that those victims of child sexual abuse who do come into contact with statutory services are typically first identified from the age of 12, but the abuse for many will have started at a much younger age (Smith et al, 2015).

This workshop reviews the research evidence on IFCSA and explores how an evidence-informed tool might support practitioners in identifying, assessing and responding to child sexual abuse.

The session uses case study and interactive elements to support application of research messages in practice.

Aimed at: Practitioners working with children, young people and families – including social workers; family support; and youth workers.