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Recognising and Responding to Sexual Abuse (EL009)

This course will help you understand child sexual abuse, how to better safeguard children from sexual abuse and how to respond when you think it may be happening. Steps to prevent child sexual abuse can be taken at any time – ideally long before a child is being sexually abused. Gaining knowledge and understanding of child sexual abuse is vital to being a proactive, protective adult.

What will I learn?
• Understand what constitutes child sexual abuse and the prevalence in Aotearoa New Zealand.
• Have an insight into the impacts of child sexual abuse.
• Understand the role organisations, home and communities play in prevention, recognise vulnerability and risk factors.
• Understand the signs of child sexual abuse.
• Recognise signs of grooming.
• Know the difference between age expected and concerning sexualised child behaviour.
• Identify potential and actual perpetrator behaviours and know how intervene early.
• Know what the options are for early intervention and support for both victim and perpetrator.
• Develop confidence to report sexual abuse and concerns.

Who is this course for?
This course is for everyone! We ALL need to be able to recognise, intervene and ideally prevent opportunities for any sexual abuse to occur.

For those engaging with children and young people in a paid work or volunteer role, you need to be able to recognise, respond and report any potential signs of sexual abuse within your organisation.


Group training and content warning
It is not recommended to complete this eLearning in a group environment as some course content may be triggering for individuals who may have experienced childhood trauma. We recommend wearing headphones. We also recommend you complete this course in more than one sitting, take a break whenever it suits you so you can process the information in the course and come back to it. Your wellbeing is important when learning this content, trigger warnings are given throughout our course with support guidance provided.

Duration: 2.5-3 hours

  • Course introduction
  • Course information
  • Nau mai haere mai
  • Understanding sexual abuse
  • Definition and statistics
  • Impacts
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Grooming
  • Quiz 1
  • Prevention
  • Child-safe organisations
  • Home and community
  • Quiz 2
  • Recognising sexual abuse
  • Child vulnerability and risk factors
  • Online risks
  • Paedophilia and child sex offenders
  • What are the signs?
  • Children and sexual behaviours
  • Quiz 3
  • Responding
  • Within organisations
  • Within families and communities
  • Information sharing
  • Disclosures
  • Report and record
  • Reporting abuse or concerns
  • Record keeping
  • Quiz 4
  • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: 2 years