Identifying and working with boys and young men who are victims of Child Sexual Exploitation

26 March

Conference Aston, Birmingham
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Start

March 26, 2019 - 9:30 am

End

March 26, 2019 - 4:00 pm

Address

Conference Aston - Whitehall Suite, Meeting Rooms, Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET   View map






The sexual exploitation of boys and young men is often not recognised, and is also rarely reported. Together with wider cultural perspectives which see boys as less at risk and more able to take care of themselves, these factors have all contributed to the majority of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) services being directed towards girls and young women.

Gangs and youth violence, including the rapid spread of County Lines operations, is now a top priority. But the links between gangs and CSE of boys and young men, used for initiation or to instil fear and compliance, are often overlooked.

Boys generally believe that they are not at risk of CSE, however, they are groomed or drawn into CSE differently, the initial contact often mimicking ‘locker room’ behaviour.

Technology also poses risk for boys, who may use mobile phone apps and social media to explore their sexuality, sometimes with risks for others (eg sexting) as well as themselves.

Currently, the safeguarding issues are that too few boys and young men at risk of CSE are being identified, professionals can be reluctant to make referrals for CSE because they assume there is another cause (eg criminal activity), and services are not succeeding in engaging boys and young men. Without help, the trauma of CSE can affect men through their lives.

Identifying and working with boys and young men who are victims of CSE is a learning day which focuses on:

  • Myths and facts associated with male CSE
  • Understanding the barriers faced by professionals in referring boys and young men and tackling male CSE
  • How to tackle gender biased practice
  • Understanding the barriers faced by boys and young men in engaging with support
  • How to make practice and services more inclusive of and accessible to boys and young men
  • How to increase the identification of boys and young men at risk of, or who have experienced CSE

The day will be facilitated by Phil Mitchell, who has over 14 years’ experience in working with boys and men affected by recent and/or historic abuse.

 

 

 

 

Identifying and working with boys and young men who are victims of CSE is a learning day which focuses on:

  • Myths and facts associated with male CSE
  • Understanding the barriers faced by professionals in referring boys and young men and tackling male CSE
  • How to tackle gender biased practice
  • Understanding the barriers faced by boys and young men in engaging with support
  • How to make practice and services more inclusive of and accessible to boys and young men
  • How to increase the identification of boys and young men at risk of, or who have experienced CSE

The day will be facilitated by Phil Mitchell, who has over 14 years’ experience in working with boys and men affected by recent and/or historic abuse.

 

 

 

Agenda (subject to change)

9.30 – 10.00

Registration

10.00 – 10.15

Welcome and introduction to the day

  • Barriers for professionals – why they don’t refer and how to tackle this
  • Barriers for boys – why they don’t engage

10.15 – 10.50

Perception of risk

  • how gender affects perception of risk
  • real life case studies

10.50 – 11.20

Myths and facts

  • Sexual offences against boys including data and how to interpret
  • Research from Barnardo’s and NatCen
  • Findings from The BLAST Project’s ‘Excellence for Boys Project’ re: increasing the identification of boys at risk of CSE
  • Perceptions around sexual orientation
  • Perceptions around sexual images and gender
  • Perceptions around boys being ‘tough’

11.20 – 11.45

Coffee

11.45 – 12.45

The barriers for boys and young men – nature vs nurture

  • Understanding how testosterone can impact on the brain function of boys
  • Understanding how environment and societal conditioning can impact on boys

12.45 – 13.35

Lunch

13.35 – 14.05

Consequences of Abuse/CSE on Boys

14.05 – 14.45

Why professionals don’t refer

Use of a 20 minute hard hitting film to encourage professionals to think about how they may be misinterpreting the CSE warning signs when boys display them

14.35-15.00

Quick Break

15.00-15.45

Tips

  • How to challenge gender biased practice
  • How to make service and practice more inclusive and accessible to boys and young men
  • Brief introduction on how to build relationships and work with boys and young men
  • How to start increasing the identification of boys and young men

15.45-16.00

Final Questions and Close

Who should attend

  • Children’s social services/child protection
  • Looked after children professionals
  • Children’s and young people’s charities
  • NHS children’s services/safeguarding leads
  • CAMHS and other mental health services
  • Educational psychologists
  • PRUs and alternative provision
  • Family support services, troubled/priority families
  • Police
  • Youth Justice services
  • Specialist sexual assault referral centres/ISVAs
  • Homeless services
  • Social housing
  • Substance misuse services

The training will take place in Birmingham City Centre:

Conference Aston Whitehall Suite, Meeting Rooms

Aston University,

The Aston Triangle,

Birmingham,

B4 7ET

Venue telephone – 0121 204 4300

New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street train stations are all within 20 minutes walk of the venue or a 5 minute taxi journey.

Car parking and direction information

Follow this link for a downloadable map, directions and car park information:  http://www.conferenceaston.co.uk/attending-an-event/how-do-i-get-to-you/

There are pay and display car parks on-site but spaces must be booked in advance – follow the link above to do this.

 Accommodation:

 There is a hotel on-site in the Aston Business School

Follow this link for costs, details of rooms and booking information:

http://www.conferenceaston.co.uk/book-hotel-room/

£130 + VAT per place

A *team deal discount is available when you book 3 or 5 places together

*3 places (3rd place half price) £325 +VAT

*5 places  (5th place free) £520 + VAT

Please ring 0115 9163104 for further information.

The delegate rate includes an information pack, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

 

Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellations received up to and including 5th March 2019 will be refunded in full less an administration fee of 25%. Cancellations received after this date will be liable for payment in full.  Team deals are non-cancellable, but substitute delegates will be accepted.

The full invoice amount will remain payable if you fail to attend the event, however, substitute delegates will be accepted up until, and including, the day of the event.

CANCELLATIONS SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING TO conferences@ccclimited.org.uk AND WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED BY RETURN.

 

Confirmation of booking:

Your booking will be confirmed by email where possible (and by fax or post otherwise), and you will be provided with directions to the venue and details on nearby hotel accommodation. If you do not receive such acknowledgement, please contact Central Conference Consultants Ltd on 0115 916 3104.

Phil is a counsellor and psychotherapist specialising in working with boys and men affected by various form of recent and/or historic sexual abuse/exploitation. Phil has over 14 years’ experience working with male victims of abuse across a variety of settings, including nine yeas managing a male only sexual abuse/CSE service. As an experienced trainer and public speaker, and as someone who has experienced sexual abuse/exploitation, Phil has trained thousands of professionals across the country on male sexual abuse/exploitation and also shared his own experience of CSE and rape. Phil has developed local and national initiatives and resources aimed at tackling the sexual exploitation of boys and young men and he is also provides supervision to practitioners working with children and adults affected by abuse. Between 2013 and 2015 Phil managed the national project, Excellence for Boys, which resulted in more than doubling male referrals to CSE services across the country.