Harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) is developmentally inappropriate sexual behaviour which is displayed by children and young people and which may be harmful or abusive. It can be displayed towards younger children, peers, older children or adults. It's harmful to the children and young people who display it, as well as those it is directed towards.
This briefing provides professionals with a round-up of messages from research into HSB, from resources published in 2016 and 2017. Research was identified in a search of the NSPCC Library on 08 June 2017.