Victim Blaming in Relation to Children and Young People’s Experiences Online

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Victim Blaming in Relation to Children and Young People’s Experiences Online

This webinar will provide headteachers, senior leaders, governors, teachers and support staff with an overview of UKCIS guidance into the dangers of victim blaming in the context of children and young people’s experiences online – including suggestions for effectively challenging such language and behaviour.

On 6 October, the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) published guidance for professionals on how to effectively challenge victim-blaming language and behaviours, along with advice on best practice. The document aims to help staff better understand, recognise and respond to victim blaming language and behaviour within their settings when discussing or responding to the online experiences of children and young people.

This webinar will help professionals to understand how to address victim blaming in relation to children and young people’s online experiences, as well as identifying how to constructively advocate for an approach which eliminates victim blaming in favour of a more supportive response.

Learning Outcomes

  • Exploring what constitutes victim blaming and acknowledging that it is a safeguarding issue, as children cannot be expected to predict, pre-empt or protect themselves from abuse

  • Appreciating the severe harms that can be caused when young individuals begin to believe that they are somehow complicit or responsible for the abuse that they have experienced

  • Recognising the forms that victim blaming often takes when it presents in the context of children and young people’s online activities

  • Assimilating key principles for strengthening potential challenges to victim blaming – including reviewing policies and procedures, and modelling suitable language and behaviour

  • Developing alternative strategies to avoid victim blaming, such as creating a safe space for discussion and collaborating with colleagues on an agreed code of practice

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Rebecca Jennings

Experienced author, trainer & broadcaster, specialising in relationship and sex education.
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