The Power of Language

The session explores what victim blaming is and the importance of changing the language and attitudes we use for young people and parents.

Gain an understanding why it is important to put offenders at the centre of all our discussions and reporting when assigning blame for the exploitation of young people.

We look at a number of case studies and think about how we re-write/verbalise reports/conversations to ensure that victim blaming is always avoided.

We will also explore dominant understandings of sexually abused and exploited young people and how this may influence our thinking and response to them. The session explores trauma and how it manifests for parents and young people and how this can be misinterpreted. Published research conducted by Dr Sarah Lloyd is presented which explores social workers’ understandings of girls sexually abused in the home and those sexually exploited outside the home and their agency and capacity to make choices.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn what victim blaming is
  • Learn how to challenge victim blaming through individual and systemic change
  • Learn about how victim blaming may differ depending on where, and by whom a young person is abused/exploited.
  • Understand the importance of separating choice and blame

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who works with children and young people at risk of exploitation, or who comes into contact with children and families in their role.

  • Teaching and School staff
  • Residential Workers
  • Housing Officers
  • Foster Carers
  • Youth Service Workers
  • Police Officers
  • Social Workers

Costs and Commissions

For individual bookings: £35 per delegate

Discounts between 10% and 30% are available for group bookings – please send us an enquiry and a member of our team will be in touch.

Upcoming Dates

The training course will be online, presented live by Dr Sarah Lloyd on zoom.

16 June 2021 Book your place

11 Nov 2021 Book your place

Meet the Trainer

Dr Sarah Lloyd has extensive experience as an academic researcher in child exploitation, influenced by her early career in youth work and parent support. Sarah is passionate about the importance of family-centered, holistic support for families affected by child exploitation.

Sarah’s recent publications

Parent’s Experience of Children’s Social Care
She Doesn’t have to get in the car
South Yorkshire Empower and Protect CSE Innovation Project Evaluation Report