Teenage Relationship Abuse – Working with Young People in Abusive Relationships

The aims of this workshop are:

  • To increase awareness of the problem of violence and abuse in teen relationships and enable practitioners to offer supportive interventions.
  • To inform professional judgement in relation to young people, help to identify suitable cases to be reviewed at a MARAC and inform referrals to Children and Young People Services (CYPS).

The workshop will provide participants with information to promote better understanding of forms of abuse that affect young people including coercive, controlling and grooming behaviours and other sustained abusive activities that are increasingly prevalent in teen relationships. Through discussion and exercises the course will consider:

  • Who may be at risk of teenage relationship abuse and their age-range
  • If there are similarities between adult and teenage relationship abuse
  • How to begin a risk assessment process with a young person being harmed within a relationship
  • How to work with young people who may be experiencing a broad spectrum of emotions and feelings, encompassing low self-esteem, low self-worth and confusion

By the end of the course participants will have had the opportunity to:

  • Develop a deeper insight into the components and dynamics of abuse experienced in young and/or teenage relationships
  • Further understanding of the added risk factors compounding this complex issue identifying differences between teenage and adult domestic abuse
  • Explore use of Young Person’s Risk Indicator Checklist for MARAC, in alignment with safeguarding, as well safety planning and how to engage young people in this process

The course is appropriate for practitioners and professionals including those working for voluntary organisations whose role involves working with/supporting women, children and families. Participants who have previously attended, range from Health, Social Services, CYP Services, Children’s Services, Youth Offending & Probation, Housing, Police & legal professionals, Women’s Aid, Counsellors & specific Domestic Abuse Services.

The workshop will include the use of a PowerPoint presentation, DVD, case studies, group discussion and self-reflection.

Each participant will receive a comprehensive pack with notes to accompany the training, which can be used for future reference.

This workshop can also be provided in-house.

Please see our Events page for forthcoming dates.