Certificate in Understanding Honour-Based Abuse

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Certificate in Understanding Honour-Based Abuse

Honour-based abuse is condemned as a serious human rights violation and addressed by several international instruments, including opposition by the UN General Assembly. It’s vital that staff are able to recognise the signs and indicators of honour-based abuse, mitigate risks and implement preventative measures in order to address any concerns early and effectively.

Developed by Lorna Ponambalum, an independent safeguarding and inclusion consultant, this Essential CPD course provides you with the knowledge and skills to identify, respond to and develop preventative strategies around honour-based abuse.

Please note: The course consists of learning through video, task completion and further reading/research. Please consider this when planning and allocating your time. To successfully understand and achieve the objectives from the course, learners are expected to engage in all aspects of the learning process and complete all relevant activities to ensure they can successfully apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in their own setting.

Designed in line with the following policies:

  • Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women
  • So-called honour-based abuse and forced marriage: guidance on identifying and flagging cases
  • Multi-agency statutory guidance for dealing with forced marriage • Keeping children safe in education

Learning objectives:

  • Understanding the meaning of the term ‘honour-based abuse’, the range of crimes that this offence is comprised of and the rationale behind people committing this offence.
  • Identifying the signs and potential indicators of honour-based abuse, as well as the harmful effects that honour-based abuse crimes can have on children and young people.
  • Understanding how to respond to a concern about an individual who has experienced honour-based abuse and the necessary steps needed when dealing with a disclosure.
  • Understanding the difference between a forced marriage and an arranged marriage, as well as the legislation and guidance with respect to forced marriage and honour-based abuse.
  • Recognising the various multi-agency roles in relation to honour-based abuse and the range of external resources and support available for victims.

Course Units

Introduction

Developed by Lorna Ponambalum, an independent safeguarding and inclusion consultant, this Essential CPD course provides you with the knowledge and skills to identify, respond to and develop preventative strategies around honourbased abuse.

Module 1: Introduction to honour-based abuse

Module 1 will provide some context around honour-based abuse, including what it means, the crimes that this offence is comprised of and who the main victims of honour-based abuse are.

Module 2: National and research data

Module 2 will explore a range of statistical data in relation to honour-based abuse, including the reasons for the increase in honour-based abuse offences overtime and the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic has had on the increase in cases.

Module 3: Signs of honour-based abuse

In module 3, you will learn to recognise the signs and indicators displayed by victims of honour-based abuse, as well as the reasons behind victims failing to speak up about their suffering and how to respond to a concern about an individual experien...

Module 4: The difference between forced marriage and arranged marriage

In module 4, you will learn about the differences between a forced marriage and an arranged marriage, as well as look at a case study and some statistical data with respect to forced marriage, arranged marriage and honour-based abuse.

Module 5: Legislation and guidance

Module 5 will look at the legislation and statutory guidance with respect to honour-based abuse and forced marriage to enable you to further understand where these offences stand in the eyes of the law.

Module 6: Responding to honour-based abuse

In module 6, you will learn how to report and respond to a disclosure made by a victim of honour-based abuse by exploring the necessary steps that should be taken when concerned about a child or young person at risk.

Module 7: Case study

Module 7 will provide you with a case study to develop your understanding of honour-based abuse in the real-world and discuss the lessons that can be derived from the case study.

Module 8: Multi-agency roles

Module 8 will explore multi-agency roles in relation to honour-based abuse, including practitioners, teachers, DSLs, social services and voluntary agencies.

Module 9: Supporting victims of honour-based abuse

In module 9, you will learn about the range of external resources and support that is available to the victims of honour-based abuse and how awareness can be raised in order to support them following abuse.

Module 10: Reflection

In module 10, you will be reflecting on what you’ve learnt throughout this course by thinking about your own personal learning goals and what actions you would follow up on with your school’s designated safeguarding lead.

Lorna Ponambalum

About The Expert

Lorna Ponambalum

Senior leader and safeguarding consultant with over 15 years’ experience as a DSL in education.
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