Attendees can be Social Auxiliary Workers, Lay Counsellors, Pastoral Counsellors, Child and Youth Care assistants, Caregivers in Children’s Homes & Places of Safety, Community Workers, Home Based carers, 3rd year Social Work Students.
This training programme is designed with the social Auxiliary worker in mind. The programme is centered around, Ethics, Theory, Integration of theory and practically equipping the social Auxiliary worker to better assist individuals, families and communities with a focus on the sexually abused child and their families / caregivers.
Social Auxiliary workers are valuable front line workers and come into contact with children who are victims of sexual offences and their families. The Social Auxiliary will refer these families to the social worker for therapeutic services but these children and families are still in need of care and support within the homes, through the Criminal Justice Process and within the communities.
The aim of this five (5) day training course is not only to build the knowledge, skills and competencies of those working with and supporting child victims but also adds a focus on primary services to the families and communities. The Social Auxiliary worker is able to add value and enhance the services of the social worker, the social auxiliary worker needs to be able to:
• Apply Ethics when working with children / Families and Communities
• Identify and be familiarized with signs and symptoms of child abuse
• Understand the incidence and prevalence of Child Sexual abuse
• Types of child sexual abuse and
• Know the reporting responsibilities and process to follow should they be informed of child abuse
• be able to support and give information to the families and communities on how to support the child
• Understand child developmental stages
• Communication Skills with Children
• How grooming happens and the signs of grooming of children and their families
• The dangers of social media and how this leads to children being abused
• The Criminal Justice System, processes, procedures and role players
• Victims’ Rights – Victim Services Charter