Fundamental to all our training is a unique insight into the psychology of sex offenders. This enables professionals to improve their practice and inform sensitive decision-making on a daily basis. Dr Joe Sullivan and his colleagues have spent over 25 years interviewing child sexual abusers.
Our long established and highly regarded training programmes analyse and convey this knowledge to our participants, training them to interpret offender behaviour more effectively and translate this knowledge into clear, practical skills.
We train colleagues from law enforcement, probation, legal services, local authorities, social service departments, residential homes, education, industry, faith groups and youth organisations. Our training is designed for participants who work with individuals who have sexually harmed children, and/or are responsible for ensuring a safe environment for children.
We offer two training formats:
- Scheduled Mentor training – See our training schedule
- Localised, custom-built training particularly cost-effective for larger groups/organisation
Covering a wide range of skills, the courses train participants in effective interviewing, safeguarding, offender management, defensible decision- making and risk assessment. The courses are designed for practitioners and managers who are interested in an introduction to the topics and also for those who are looking to develop their existing expertise.
Protecting children is a complex and important job, which requires deep thought and consideration. [We must] help professionals move from a compliance culture to a learning culture”
Host Your Own Training
The unprecedented pressure on public sector training budgets has not changed the critical need to maintain a consistent standard of delivery in child protection and sex offender management. In recognition of this, Mentor has recently launched a highly cost-effective training option for police forces, social services departments and their partners. Where an organisation and/or their partners can bring together a group, we will deliver Mentor Training at a heavily discounted rate. We can also provide Custom- Built training packages, developed around the specific needs of an area. The training enables police forces, organisations and other multi-agency partners to join together to benefit from a special rate. This eliminates the cost of travel, accommodation and subsistence.
Our staff also provide thought-provoking and informative conference and workshop presentations which captivate audiences on a variety of issues relating to the sexual exploitation of children and vulnerable adults. Speaking subjects include:
• Understanding Perpetrators – The ABC of sex offender behaviour
• ‘Just looking’: How risky are collectors of indecent images of children?
• Handling media interest in child sex abuse cases
• Professionals who sexually abuse the children with whom they work
• Sexually motivated abduction and murder
• Women who sexually exploit children
• Travelling Sex Offenders
• Organised groups of sex offenders
• Sex offenders use of technology and the internet
• Risk assessment of sex offenders
• Producers of indecent images of children
• Children & young people engaging in Problematic Sexual Behaviour: an increasing concern
• Young people, the internet and Problematic Sexual Behaviour