Social Service Workers

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Click here to see upcoming courses offered by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, including:

Promoting positive pathways for young people who exhibit harmful sexual behaviour | 5 and 6 September 2022 (via Zoom)

Promoting positive pathways for autistic children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour | 21 September 2022 (via Zoom)

  • Training materials and content specific to professionals responding to reports of sibling sexual trauma are available at https://www.siblingsexualtrauma.com/professionals

  • Educate staff, colleagues, and self that sibling sexual trauma is one of the most common subtypes of childhood sexual abuse and affects at least 1 in 25 children.  It needs to be named and kept in mind as a common possibility, not an outlier.

  • Educate staff, colleagues, and self that children, preteens, and teens who cause sexual harm–to a sibling or peer–are highly unlikely to continue to sexually harm children into adulthood, and should not be stigmatized or labeled as sex offenders. Language is important as labels can prevent willingness to engage in therapeutic interventions and growth.

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  • Educate staff, colleagues, and self that even quite young children are capable of causing very real sexual harm and that even if they are too young to be named as responsible or adjudicated, the situation needs to be addressed, the wrong behavior needs to be called out, and all children involved need treatment and guidance.

  • Be ready with materials, resources, and referrals for children who have been harmed by other children or siblings, children or teens who have caused sexual harm, parents of either or both children, and other family members.  

Regularly updated resources specific to sibling sexual trauma and abuse for social service professionals are available at 5WAVES' support and information portal for professionals, https://www.siblingsexualtrauma.com/professionals .