Course Overview

Young people do engage in problematic sexual behavior 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:

  • Vulnerability factors for children
  • Why children don’t tell; why children retract allegations
  • Multi-faceted grooming of children: the implications for families and professionals
  • Technology, children and problematic sexual behaviour
  • Compliant and complicit victims – what the terms really mean
  • Understanding children who engage in PSB
  • Caring for children who have experienced sexual abuse
  • Issues for risk management with children exhibiting PSB
  • Assessment and intervention for children engaging in PSB
  • Recidivism in children who engage in problematic sexual behaviour
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:

  • Understand the factors contributing to the specific impact of abuse on victims
  • Identify vulnerability factors in children with whom they come into contact
  • Engage more effectively with families and young people
  • Evaluate the risks associated with modern technologies and young people, its uses and abuses
  • Inform decision-making with up-to-date research and knowledge
  • Better understand the motivations and risk factors in young people who engage in HSB
  • Implement balanced risk management strategies
Dates and Locations
  • Date: 21st & 22nd May 2018 (two-day course)
    Location: Bradford
  • Date: 16 & 17th October 2018 (two-day course)
    Location: Worthing

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Contact us to host your own training!

Mentor trains nationally and internationally. If you wish to discuss running one of our courses in your area we have special rates for block bookings and are happy to design a training event customised for your agency’s specific needs. The training enables police forces, social care services and other multi-agency partners to join together to benefit from a special rate, eliminating the cost of travel, accommodation and subsistence.

Reviews of this Course

  • Very professional presentation that affords invaluable insight to anyone working in this field

    Headteacher Children and YPs Experiencing and Exhibiting PSB
  • I thought it was brilliant, would definitely recommend

    Social worker Children and YPs Experiencing and Exhibiting PSB
  • Very informative and relevant to my role

    Manager of residential children’s home Children and YPs Experiencing and Exhibiting PSB
  • Learnt so much, excellent

    Social worker responsible for fostering placements Children and YPs Experiencing and Exhibiting PSB


£350 per person

Two-day training course

For more information, call +44 (0) 203 468 1722 or email

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