Annual Certificate in Understanding Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence for Support Staff (2022-23)

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About The Course

Annual Certificate in Understanding Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence for Support Staff (2022-23)

Course Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes (approx.) online training + self-directed learning and activities + final assessment.

All support staff have a statutory duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of children at their school/college. They should be aware of their legal responsibilities to ensure that they are able to recognise any breach of children’s rights if they are subjected to sexual harassment or sexual violence.

Developed by Lorna Ponambalum, safeguarding expert and senior leadership education professional, this Essential CPD course provides you with the core content you need to understand your statutory safeguarding requirements around sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools.

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 of 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.

Developed in line with

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education
  • Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges
  • Sharing Nudes and Semi-Nudes: Advice for Education Settings Working with Children and Young People

Learning objectives

  • Recognising your statutory requirements and legal duties to protect children from sexual harassment and sexual violence.
  • Understanding how to implement effective preventative strategies to discourage incidents of sexual abuse at school.
  • Recognising how to create a whole-school safeguarding approach to support students who have experienced or are experiencing sexual harassment or sexual violence.
  • Identifying best practice procedures for handling disclosures and ensuring the correct steps are followed to ensure each report is treated fairly.
  • Understanding what the various types of sexual harassment and sexual violence are and how to identify them.

Course Units

Introduction

Developed by Lorna Ponambalum, safeguarding expert and senior leadership education professional, the course is split into five modules and encourages audience interaction to support and embed learning. There is a knowledge assessment at the end.

Module 1: What is meant by sexual harassment and sexual violence?

In this module, you will explore the evidence surrounding sexual harassment and sexual violence, the definitions of sexual harassment and sexual violence, and what is meant by harmful sexual behaviour.

Module 2: What is the statutory guidance and legislation?

In this module, you will learn what the statutory guidance and legislation is relating to sexual harassment and sexual violence and consider the principles of contextual safeguarding.

Module 3: How to respond to sexual harassment and sexual violence

In this module, you will look at how to respond to disclosures, case studies relating to harmful sexual behaviour, and what actions to take on the discovery of youth-produced sexual imagery (sexting).

Module 4: How to offer support and create a safe environment

In this module, you will explore schools’ safeguarding duties, the implementation of successful preventative strategies, and how to support a whole-school ethos that does not tolerate any form of sexual harassment or sexual violence.

Module 5: Roles and responsibilities of support staff

In this module, you will look at the role of support staff in developing a whole school culture that safeguards children against sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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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