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Managing a disclosure of sexual harassment or assault

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Managing a disclosure of sexual harassment, assault or abuse may be the most challenging conversation you have as a teacher. Be prepared with this course.

The aim of this course is to equip school staff with the skills and knowledge needed to confidently manage a student’s disclosure of sexual harassment or sexual assault or sexual abuse.

Ofsted’s review of sexual abuse told us that sexual harassment has become so commonplace in schools that young people don’t see the point in reporting incidents. If a young person chooses you as the person they trust with their disclosure, how you support them can have a profound impact on their lives.

This course will increase your confidence in recognising when a young person is making a disclosure and provide practical tips on how you should react and what questions you should ask.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define a disclosure of sexual violence, harassment or assault
  • Recognise different ways young people might respond to sexual harassment or assault
  • Identify your statutory and ethical obligations towards reports of sexual harassment or assault
  • Effectively support a young person who makes a disclosure, knowing how to talk to them in an empowering and trauma-informed way
  • Accurately record and detail disclosures
  • Understand how to respond to a disclosure alongside your school’s safeguarding procedures
  • Identify where to find support after managing a disclosure.


Why we made this course

Fighting stigma and increasing people’s confidence to have difficult conversations with young people is a strategic priority for Brook. We want teachers and schools to use this course alongside their safeguarding practices to make schools safer for everyone.

By completing this course, you will not only gain the knowledge and skills necessary for managing disclosures of sexual harassment or abuse but will also become ambassadors of our values, contributing to the creation of a safer and more supportive environment for young people everywhere.

By signing up you can also easily join one of our other courses – and most of them are free! Over 33,000 people have signed up to our online learning platform so far and are applying this knowledge in their teaching.

What we’re really proud of is that over 95% of people rated Brook’s online courses as good or very good.

Together, we can work towards fulfilling our mission of ensuring excellent sexual health, mental health, and overall wellbeing as rights for all.

This course has been funded by the NHS England and NHS Improvement (London) Sexual Violence Grants Programme.


Important information

Before starting this course, you should review your organisation’s safeguarding policy and procedures – keep a copy so you can easily access and refer to it at any time.

This course contains information about sexual violence and abuse, which some participants may find distressing.


  • How do I register/pay for the course?

    Many of our Brook Learn courses are free, so there is no charge. Add the course to basket using the link below the course image. Go to checkout and the course will be available on your My Courses page. You can also log in to Brook Learn directly using the username emailed to you at registration.

    Card payment can be taken through the Brook website using the secure payment service Stripe. You will then be directed to our e-learning platform, Brook Learn, and automatically enrolled on the course you have purchased. Please read the course page carefully for details about enrolment periods.

    You can now pay by invoice. Select ‘pay by invoice’ at checkout and your enrolment will begin or vouchers sent within two working days of payment being received.

    If you are buying a course for someone else, go to the courses page and buy a voucher for the paid course. Put in the email address of the person you want to register for the course under ‘recipient’. They will then be sent a code to redeem and register themselves.

    Please contact training@brook.org.uk, referencing the course you wish to purchase, to discuss other payment options.

  • Can I pay by invoice?

    Yes. Add the courses or vouchers you want to buy to your basket. At checkout select ‘Pay by invoice’. Your enrolment will begin, or vouchers sent, within 2 working days of your payment being received.

  • Where do I go to take the course?

    All of our e-learning courses are hosted on Brook Learn, our dedicated online learning platform for professionals. Brook Learn has a range of free courses designed to support you in your work with young people and your delivery of RSE, covering core themes such as: Contraception, STIs, Pleasure, Consent, Puberty and Abortion.

    There are also courses on How to Deliver RSE, Child Sexual Exploitation and Harmful Sexual Behaviours.

  • Can I access the course any time?

    Yes – the courses are designed for you to complete in your own time and at your own pace.

    Once you have registered, you can access the course at any time on the Brook Learn site. You don’t need to complete the course in one go as your progress will be saved.

    You will need to log in to Brook Learn each time using your account details. You only need to register once to access all the courses on Brook Learn. Free courses will be automatically accessible and chargeable courses will become available once your payment has been processed.

    Please note: some courses, for example Traffic Light Tool, are subject to a limited enrolment period, please read the course page carefully for details and contact training@brook.org.uk if you have any questions.

  • Can I buy access to the course for someone else?

    Purchasing one of our courses will only allow the purchaser to access the course.

    If you are buying a course for someone else, go to the courses page and buy a voucher for the paid course. Put in the email address of the person you want to register for the course under ‘recipient’. They will then be sent a code to redeem and register themselves.

    If you want to purchase the course for a group of people, please contact training@brook.org.uk for other payment options.

  • I have another question, where can I get help?

    If your question is about using the Brook Learn platform, for example a course won’t load or you are having problems resetting your password, please contact the Brook Learn helpdesk.

    For enquiries about alternative payment methods, other training options and group training, please contact training@brook.org.uk.

    If you have a question about anything else, including course content or issues with card payment, please email website@brook.org.uk.

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