Lucy is Jodie’s allocated key worker.  Jodie tells Lucy about her new boyfriend with whom it appears she has a sexually abusive relationship.  However, as Jodie says she consents to the sexual activity, Lucy feels there is little she can do to protect the young woman, despite the abuse continuing.
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Sexual abuse, Sexual violence, Consent, Coercive control, Historic Child Sexual Abuse & Child Sexual Exploitation, Hate Crime
  • Guidance for swearing and sexual abuse/sexual violence

Level of Complexity: Intermediate
  • Differentiation applies depending on the audience
  • Trainer to develop the questions accordingly

Video Synopsis

  • Young woman with a history of mental health issues enters into a relationship with an older man
  • Young woman clearly the victim of sexual violence and abuse in this relationship
  • Social worker is frustrated as young woman says she is consenting and thus feels powerless to offer meaningful help
  • Level of sexual abuse and violence intensifies

Issues Covered

  • Adult grooming
  • Mental health
  • Self-harm
  • Supported Accommodation
  • Support for social workers

  • To identify safeguarding issues separate to crimes
  • To describe consent and the factors impacting on decision making
  • To recognise coercive control
  • To recognise and respond to staff stress
  • To recognise and respond to Hate Crime

  • What supervision is in place for staff?
  • What is the role of each professional working with the case?
  • What does Lucy’s body language tell us?
  • What is the difference between capacity and consent?
  • How do we document evidence and share information?

Target Audience:

  • Teachers
  • Adult Social Care
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Police – Safeguarding Officers
  • Police Community support officers
  • Voluntary and Community-based groups
  • Youth workers
  • General Practitioners
  • Elected Members
  • CAHMS services
  • Housing staff

Useful For:

  • Conference
  • One to one
  • Group training
  • Awareness event
  • Supervision sessions

Training Suggestions:

  • Care Act training
  • Safeguarding Adults procedures
  • Healthy relationship training/discussion
  • Sexual Offences Act training/discussion

Useful Links

For Further Support

  • Local Safeguarding Children Board
  • Safeguarding Adults Board
  • Sexual Health trainers
  • Police Officers involved in Safeguarding training