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Working with Adolescents at Risk of Sexual Exploitation – Footscray/Western metro

Friday November 9, 2018, 9:00 am - 2:45 pm



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Children and young people in all living placement types may be at risk of being sexually exploited, however young people living in out of home care are particularly vulnerable. It is vital that those who work with this vulnerable population have a strong knowledge of the dynamics of sexual exploitation and gain awareness of police disruption strategies to effectively target and manage child sexual exploitation.

An important joint training opportunity.

This training will be delivered by the Office of Professional Practice, DHHS, in conjunction with the Victoria Police. It is an opportunity for residential workers and supervisors, CSO staff, DHHS and Police to learn and work together to best address this important issue.

This training will be delivered in rural and metropolitan areas for each division, which will allow local-area networking to occur. Therefore, staff are encouraged to book in for local area training sessions.

Venue: Best Western Airport Motel and Convention Centre; 33 Ardlie Street, Attwood 3049

Time: 9:00 am to 2:45pm


Aim of training

During this training you will gain knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • understanding what constitutes sexual exploitation (including models of exploitation, the role of technology in exploitation, organised versus opportunistic sexual exploitation)
  • redefining how we view young people’s involvement in sexually exploitative situations (“prostitution” versus sexual exploitation)
  • signs of sexual exploitative situations
  • how to respond (what is my role in addressing sexual exploitation, what can I do when I suspect sexual exploitation)?
  • where do I fit into the systems response to child sexual exploitation?

In addition to the above, this training will also look at the current interagency responses to sexual exploitation, and discuss innovative practices being employed to disrupt sexual exploitation.

Current international best practice and innovations are also considered.

The training aims to be presented within an interactive framework. Audience participation is both encouraged and welcomed.

Who should attend:

  • Residential care staff and supervisors and relevant staff including case managers from Community Service Organisations delivering residential care.
  • Community Service Organisations working with vulnerable young people in out of home care settings.
  • DHHS Child Protection Area Managers, Practice Leaders, Child Protection Practitioners and Placement Coordination Unit staff.
  • Victoria Police – SOCIT & Youth Liaison members


Friday November 9, 2018
9:00 am - 2:45 pm
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Best Western Airport Motel and Convention Centre
33 Ardlie Street, Attwood
Melbourne, VIC 3049 Australia


9614 1577

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