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Young people do engage in problematic sexual behaviour (PSB) towards other children and adults. In some instances, they are also the victims of sexual abuse.
This course uses up-to-date research and draws on clinical experience to give professionals new knowledge and skills, empowering them to undertake accurate assessments and to work in complex family situations more effectively.
Any work with a child who has either experienced or perpetrated PSB (or who has been involved in both of these situations) ideally involves their primary carers and will most likely include various professionals in different capacities in the young person’s life. This course underpins the relevance of such an approach and explains why it so important to progress in a holistic way.
Topics covered include:
What Participants Gain
The course is designed to enable participants to feel more confident in dealing with the fast-evolving world of child sexual exploitation and in how to work with children who have a complexity of needs relating to Problematic Sexual Behaviour. It is essential for all those who work with young people or care for them as well as those who have a safeguarding responsibility, and want to develop a culture of safety within their organisation.
It provides core knowledge and skills for those who work either directly or indirectly with children, offenders and their families. It is relevant to law enforcement as it provides skills relevant to investigative strategies as well as involvement with young people with complex histories.
By the end of this course, participants will:
"Excellent delivery from Joe, case study analysis was very helpful and explanation of problematic, inappropriate, and normal was very helpful."
- Social Worker
"This filled a gap in my understanding and management of children who sexually offend. I have a better understanding of the causes of PSB and how to strategize for them."
- Police Officer
"Excellent course with relevant content that helps inform practice. This course is relevant not only in relation to PSB but indicates theories that apply to all traumatised children."
- Residential Social Worker
Dr Sullivan is a Registered Forensic Psychologist, holding a PhD in Forensic Psychology, a Masters Degree in Criminology, a Diploma in Psychology, a Degree in applied Social Sciences, and a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work. Dr Sullivan is an honorary lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK.
Dr Sullivan has worked with police officers, social workers, probation officers, faith groups and educationalists to provide insights into the motivations, thoughts and behaviours of child sex offenders. He undertakes assessments for Social Service Departments, Probation, Churches and Education bodies and is an expert witness in the criminal, civil and family courts.
Dr Sullivan has worked extensively in law enforcement, assisting police forces with investigations into the sexually motivated abduction, murder and assault of children. Dr Sullivan was the Chief Forensic Psychologist in the Behaviour Analysis Unit at CEOP, receiving a Chief Constable's Commendation for his contribution to the investigation of the sexually motivated abduction and murder of a child in 2001.
Dr Sullivan has also undertaken assessment and therapeutic intervention work with women who sexually abuse children and adults accused or suspected of professional sexual misconduct. Part of his work also includes the assessment and treatment of adult survivors of child sexual abuse.
Dr Sullivan has published and presented papers to national and international conferences on the techniques he uses for engaging, assessing and interviewing sexual offenders.