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Great presentation from a very knowledgeable trainer, who made it all very clear and easy to follow.

Extremely helpful but most importantly the presentation of the information by Sue made a difficult subject feel accessible.

Helping Child Victims of Abuse who are Fostered and Adopted

Unthinkable as it may seem, Looked After children who have been sexually abused may go on to abuse other children. Re-enactment of abuse on other children is often a form of communication about the young perpetrator’s own unresolved experience and distress.

If we fail to understand this, we risk leaving that child with a legacy of developmental problems that will follow him or her into adulthood. These children need empathic adults to explore and help them work through their experiences at the earliest possible opportunity.

Additional information


Standard Professional, Associate Professional

Course objectives

This course will offer you the strategies and tools to support child victims of abuse and help them overcome their trauma.

What skills will you take away?

  • You’ll be able to spot the warning signs and symptoms of child abuse so you can act quickly
  • You’ll gain an understanding of the key traumatic effects of sexual abuse on child development and sibling and peer relationships
  • You’ll be able to assess the role of re-enactment as a child’s way of communicating their distress and unresolved feelings
  • You’ll learn best practice guidelines for communicating and working with children who have been sexually abused, children at risk of abusing others, and communicating with their parents and carers

Who should attend?

Social workers, adoption and fostering team managers, clinical psychologists, paediatric occupational therapists, therapists, solicitors, panel members, adoption support agency service providers, psychiatrists, paediatricians and teachers


Sue Hughes – Social Worker, Integrative Child Psychotherapist & Consultant Practitioner, Family Futures
Sue worked as a social worker with children and families for 18 years before retraining and qualifying in child psychotherapy 10 years ago, focusing on children in foster care and adoptive families. She then joined the team at Family Futures, where she helps families make sense of early trauma and attachment relationships.

Kathy McLoughlin – Dramatherapist & Senior Practitioner, Family Futures 


Family Futures CIC
3 & 4 Floral Place
7 - 9 Northampton Grove
London N1 2PL

Course times: 10am - 4pm


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