Course overview


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This course explores the unique experiences of adolescent victims and perpetrators of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

It covers current research, policy and practice pertinent to a wide range of public and third sector services. Examination of risk and safety, coping strategies and parenting will be central. We will consider how the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation and disability exacerbate abuse. This is a highly interactive course aimed at encouraging coordinated community interventions.

The following are eligible for Concessionary Fee:

Current Students, Goldsmith Alumni, People with Disabilities, Senior Citizens, Unemployed, Carers and Members of Professional Bodies; BACP, UKCP, ADMP, BAAT, HCPC

Who will teach the course?

Doireann Larkin

I am the Development Manager at Tender Education & Arts, a charity which uses arts based practices to prevent domestic violence and sexual abuse in young people’s relationships. I have experience working in community arts settings to promote social inclusion of marginalised groups. I work with young people to prevent them from becoming perpetrators or victims of abuse and I develop and deliver accredited training programmes for a range of professionals to enhance best practice in working with those experiencing or at risk of experiencing domestic abuse. I’m a trained helpline support worker with Refuge, supporting victims at all times of their experience of, or recovery from abuse.

Through Tender and as a member of the Expert Advisory Panel of the End Violence Against Women Coalition I work to influence policy related to strategic and coordinated action against domestic violence and sexual abuse. I am a member of the Board of Directors of Mosac, a specialist service which supports the non-abusing parents or carers of sexually abused children. I advise and consult with a number of organisations on domestic abuse prevention policies. These have included the Home Office, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Department of Health, General Medical Council, NUS, the Sex Education Forum, Youth Offending Teams, schools and youth centres.

What are the aims of the course?

This course aims to identify the patterns of behaviour typical of adolescent perpetrators of domestic and sexual abuse. Students will explore the impact of abuse on adolescent victims and the techniques used by different practitioners to support young people who are at risk or who have already experienced or perpetrated abuse. We will explore how the accessibility of pornography, online abuse and the sexualisation of young people in the media, impact on teenage attitudes towards relationships. The course will outline the range of services available to young people and encourage students to consider strategies to address gaps in provision.

How will the course be taught?

The course will be taught over three days. The content will include seminars introducing students to research in the area as well as interactive workshops which allow students to practice the methods used to engage young people. A range of resources including films and audio recordings will be included.

What are the learning outcomes?

Participants will be offered knowledge and skills that will improve a working understanding of:

  • The challenges of responding to bullying, relationship abuse, gang association, Cyberbullying and sexting are explored.
  • Adolescent responses to domestic violence and sexual abuse as victims, perpetrators and bystanders
  • Patterns of abuse in teenage intimate partner relationships
  • Understanding young people’s violence against parents
  • Service Provision, role of schools and parents
  • How might this course support participants in their career or life?

People struggling to find ways of helping individuals stop or escape from abuse will find this course invaluable. The focus on practice will give people from the health and social care field skills that they need to make an immediate impact on how they respond to abuse. People hoping to explore ways of entering this field as a practitioner or researcher will gain a sound understanding of the key challenges and debates.

Young people aged 16-25 are at the highest risk of experiencing abuse of any other age group. Many professionals working with teenagers feel ill-equipped to respond to the impact of this abuse. This course will support them to identify early warning signs, respond to disclosures and develop effective preventative or intervention strategies.



Booking information

Disability Support

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