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Workshop Topics

Child Matters workshops offer professional development and community education through short targeted courses designed to provide introductory level information on child protection related topics.

Let Child Matters develop a Customised Workshop for you...

Child Matters can work with your organisation, group or community to evaluate your learning needs and develop a workshop, or series of workshops, to meet your specific learning needs.

Or choose from our selection of Standard Workshop Topics...

Below is a list of some of our more popular standard 1-day workshops topics. These workshops are sometimes delivered individually or we can deliver combinations of these workshops as two day training packages.

Identifying and Responding to Vulnerability and Child Abuse

This workshop focuses on understanding the concept of vulnerability and explores factors that contribute to vulnerability, risk and child abuse. Participants will learn how to identify when children and young people are vulnerable to abuse and neglect, and how to intervene early.

The Impact of Family Violence on Children

Learn the cause and dynamics of family violence including intimate partner violence; and the harmful, traumatic effects on children exposed to family violence. Participants will gain an understanding of family violence as a parenting issue; best interventions for children; and support children who are exposed to or have experienced family violence.

Understanding and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse

This workshop includes: A definition of sexual abuse; signs and symptoms, effects, myths associated with sexual abuse and sexual offenders, the joint Oranga Tamariki/Police approach to allegations of sexual abuse, grooming behaviours, legislation relating to sexual offending and grooming, and managing disclosures of sexual abuse.

Engaging with Children

Learn how to keep children at the centre of good practice. The workshop aims to build on participants’ interpersonal qualities to support effective communication when engaging with children. The workshop focuses on ensuring that the child’s voice is heard and that participants feel confident responding to children appropriately. An overview of children’s developmental stages will support participants in engaging in age appropriate practice with children. Participants will be able to identify barriers to child-centred practice, and explore how to overcome these to keep children as the focus of conversations.

Professional boundaries and safety

Learners will have the opportunity to explore their own values, beliefs, needs and personal reactions to child abuse and family violence issues and be able to use this reflection in a positive and constructive way when engaging with children and whānau. Learners will explore the concept of professional dangerousness and identify support structures and networks to ensure they are meeting their own self care needs when engaging in child advocacy.