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Tagged In:  Child Protection, Children, CPD, CSE
Sanctuary's Child Sexual Exploitation training event in Bristol

Last night (21 November), social workers joined us for a free training workshop which took place at the Armada Conference Centre in Bristol. 

We were delighted with the success of the evening, which not only gave us an opportunity to meet with many of our candidates face-to-face, but we were able to enjoy a phenomenal training session which was delivered by renowned training provider Loudmouth.
 
During the 90-minute training seminar, actors Will and Ellie successfully combined a live dramatic performance with an engaging question and answer session, helping delegates really understand the true impact of CSE upon young people and discover how to spot the signs of grooming.

Using the characters “Caz” and “Marcus”, the audience learnt how perpetrators gain the confidence of vulnerable young people, and what tactics they use to isolate victims from their family and friends. At the end of the performance, there was an opportunity for delegates to ask questions to “Caz”, which helped to improve communication skills and help them understand why young people may put up barriers when questioned.

The training also made suggestions for where practitioners can improve their learning, with references to Barnardo’s Grooming Line and the Muslim Women’s Network “Unheard Voices” report. 

The training didn’t solely focus upon the impact of CSE upon young women; there was also opportunities to learn about how young boys may be targeted as Loudmouth have worked closely with an initiative called Blast.

The evening was enormously successful, with each delegate providing glowing feedback about the trainers – many of whom even expressed a desire to book the team directly to come back to Bristol and provide similar training for their colleagues.

One such delegate, was Nancy, an Operational Manager for a CAMHS team. She said: “The training was incredible; it really helped me to be in the voice of the young person and understand what they are going through. It also brought to life how incredibly quickly grooming can escalate.”

Karin, a Family Court Advisor added: “The training was completely on-point. It really made you think that you were in the room with that child. It was absolutely spot on.”

The evening was described by social care practitioner Joanne as both “hard hitting” and “thought-provoking”. She said: “It was absolutely brilliant, really realistic. It was so hard-hitting, and although it reiterated what I already knew, it was thought-provoking because it showed how easy it can be done. The question now is, how can we deal with this?”

If you’d like to learn more about the training provided by Loudmouth, stay tuned to Sanctuarysocialcare.com 


Not only will we shortly be announcing details of a similar workshop to take place elsewhere in the country, but we’ll also be featuring an interview with Loudmouth in an upcoming issue of Social Work News magazine.


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