Working with children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour

Work with children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour towards others requires a co-ordinated multi-agency response.  It is important that all agencies work closely together to enhance communication and ensure consistency of approach.  The welfare of children is paramount and the primary objective is the prevention of future victims and perpetrators. 

Children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour are likely to have experienced emotional neglect or abuse and some will have been physically or sexually abused themselves and in some cases the sexual abuse of others may be a part of their own abuse.

Working with children and young people who display sexually harmful behaviour guidance (pdf, 566kb)