Child Sexual Exploitation / Child Sexual Abuse: Non Violent Resistance As A Pro-Active Social & Psychological Intervention


19th October 2021

20th October 2021


1 day workshop
£150 + VAT = £180

2 day workshop
£285 + VAT = £342

**Price includes full catering**


Elm Grove Conference Centre
Roehampton Lane
SW15 5PH
Location and directions

Additional info

9am for 9.30am start.
4.30pm finish.
1 hour lunch break

For London events ONLY. There is the option to stay at the training venue in one of their on-site rooms, at much less than normal London hotel rates. For details or to book please contact the venue directly.



Child Sexual Exploitation / Child Sexual Abuse: Non Violent Resistance As A Pro-Active Social & Psychological Intervention

DAY 1:
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in Families, Residential & Foster Care 

with Peter JakobKerry Shoesmith and Erica Castle

DAY 2:
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE): NVR and New Authority in Education

with Jackie Lindeck and Tony Meehan

Workshops Details

DAY 1:
CSE and CSA in Families, Residential & Foster Care

We are pleased to offer this new CPD event in the application of Non Violent Resistance (NVR) to this complex problem area.

Fraught relationships with parents and lack of trust in potentially protective and supportive caregivers can increase the risk of sexual abuse or exploitation to children and adolescents. Young people who run away, act dismissively, or show aggression are often seen as ‘putting themselves at risk’. It is actually always the perpetrators who put a child at risk. Earlier abuse may have had a severely isolating effect, leaving them feeling insecure, emotionally and physically uncontained.

When sexual abuse is denied, young people often experience the abuse as ongoing, and denial is part of the overall pattern of offending behaviour. To the young person, ‘it is not over’.  As a result, the young person may remain vulnerable to further exploitation.

A community of caregivers and their supporters may at times resist the self-destructive behaviours of a young person, such as engaging with predatory people or running away. At other points in the process, they may become a strong support network helping the survivor themselves take action against predatory behaviour or continued denial of responsibility by those who have abused them in the past.

In this CPD event, three of the most experienced practitioners of NVR will enable you to explore the application of NVR principles and methods in working with child sexual abuse and exploitation. You will learn how to use the presence-raising and connective methods in NVR and build a supportive community that takes action. The workshop will also feature therapeutic methods to help young people with histories of abuse feel entitled to overcome trauma symptoms and resist.  To paraphrase the words of Frederic Douglas: “You have seen how a human was made a slave. Now you shall see how a slave was made a human”.

DAY 2:
CSE and CCE: NVR and New Authority in Education 

Using a New Authority (NA) Framework and Non Violent Resistance (NVR) Interventions within educational settings to reduce the risk to Children and Young People who are experiencing or vulnerable to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)

Schools and other educational settings are in a unique position to identify and support Children and Young People who are experiencing or are vulnerable to CSE and CCE. Erratic attendance, persistent changes in mood, behaviour and friendships, and diminished commitment to learning can all be signs that a child or young person is being exploited. The challenges presented by these changes  may lead schools to take a punitive approach, but this would result in the child or young person becoming more isolated and vulnerable within the school. This creates a trajectory that leads to exclusion, at which point the risk of exploitation becomes even greater.

The most recent figures published for the UK ( 13 08 20) show that 7894 children and young people were permanently excluded from school in the year 2018-19 and that there were 438 300 Fixed Term Exclusions during the same period. Permanent exclusions from Pupil Referral Units have also risen. The message to excluded children and young people is clear: ‘You do not belong here, you are not welcome and we are giving up on you’. The dominant reason given for exclusion is Persistent Disruptive Behaviour followed by physical assault against an adult or a peer. The data shows that it is the most vulnerable children and young people, those who are eligible for Free School Meals or who have SEN, that are most likely to be excluded. There are many more children and young people who are not included in these figures. Those on ‘Part Time Timetables’, those being electively home educated or educated ‘In the community’ are at risk of effectively disappearing from sight.

The New Authority framework offers a new way for schools to identify and support vulnerable children and young people. Widely applied in other European countries, this approach is now being piloted by educational settings in the UK.  Applying four of the main principles: De-escalation; Raising Presence; Resisting problematic behaviour and Building networks of support, staff can be trained to respond in a manner that reduces exclusions and isolation. Increasing children and young people’s sense of belonging by reducing shame and building connections helps to strengthen their identity as pupils. Creating strong networks of support internally increases staff wellbeing by reducing staff isolation and blame.  Working transparently with parents and other professional services helps to build stronger communities with a shared understanding of the risks involved for children vulnerable to CSE and CCE, thus maximising the possibilities to keep them safe. For the most vulnerable, Non Violent Resistance interventions ensure that the highest levels of vigilant care are applied to reduce the risk of exploitation.

In this CPD workshop, we will explore how New Authority and NVR can be applied within educational settings in order to empower staff to reduce risks effectively. By increasing staff and pupil wellbeing and strengthening connections, all members of the school community can experience a sense of belonging that acts as a strong protective factor for those pupils who are being exploited, or who are at risk of exploitation.

Jackie Lindeck has 20 years of experience of working therapeutically with children and families in a variety of settings. For the last five years she has worked in multi-site educational settings for children and young people who have been excluded from education, developing and implementing strategy to bring about positive change. Her work involved managing, training and supervising staff and through their feedback she realised that the system was not working and that they needed new tools in order to support positive change in the very complex young people that they were working with. While searching for solutions, Jackie discovered New Authority and NVR and became excited about their potential applications within educational settings. After training to become an NVR practitioner she developed the Teacher Coaching Module (TCM) with PartnershipProjects and is passionate about expanding the practice of NA and NVR in this area.

Tony Meehan has 29 years of experience as a teacher and leader in mainstream secondary and special schools, including over 8 years as head of an inner-London, Pupil Referral Unit (PRU). Working with vulnerable young people excluded from mainstream school, Tony witnessed at first-hand how they oftern became drawn into gang culture and vulnerable to CSE and CCE, without the protective support network of the school. He became convinced of the urgent need to explore alternatieve approaches to challenging behaviour in order to support schools in stemming the flow of exclusions. Introducted to New Authority and NVR whilst at the PRU, Tony found them to be powerful alternatives to traditional behaviour management approaches, rotted as they are in authentic relationship and trust building. Having then trained to become an NVR practitioner, he believes strongly that it is a model that can be adapted for schools. 

Target audiences

Residential services, educational providers, care-workers in young people’s services, NVR practitioners, systemic family therapists, counsellors, child psychotherapists and other psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health nurses and other practitioners in the fields of mental health and social care.

This CPD event is not designed for parents; it is not a parent group.

For London events ONLY. There is the option to stay at the training venue in one of their on-site rooms, at much less than normal London hotel rates. For details or to book please contact the venue directly.