Engaging children and parents affected by child sexual abuse

Date produced 29 June 2020

Join this panel of interdisciplinary experts for a discussion about working with children and families where a child has been sexually abused. This webinar is a joint production of the Mental Health Professionals' Network (MHPN) and Emerging Minds.

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Watch this facilitated panel discussion of Sally's story to be better equipped to:

• outline the prevalence of child sexual abuse in Australia and those children who are most at risk

• describe practical strategies to support children affected by sexual abuse to disclose and responses from health professionals that can support recovery

• identify effective engagement strategies with parents and family members which focus on consistent and supportive messaging which helps the child affected by sexual abuse make sense of their experience and recover from negative effects

• outline ethical practices in reporting sexual abuse and how to refer to specialist agencies.


Review the panel of interdisciplinary experts’ bios.:

  • Mr David Tully (Family Violence Practice Manager, Relationships Australia, SA)

  • Dr Liz Coventry (Psychiatrist, SA)

  • Dr Mary Su (General Practitioner, NSW)


  • Mr Daniel Moss  (Emerging Minds, South Australia)

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