Harmful sexual behaviour: research briefing

Last updated: 04 Sep 2018 Topics: Harmful sexual behaviour

Harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) is developmentally inappropriate sexual behaviour which is displayed by children and young people. It can be displayed towards younger children, peers, older children or adults, and is harmful to the children and young people who display it, as well as the people it is directed towards.

This briefing provides professionals with a round-up of recent messages from research into HSB, from resources published in 2016 and 2017. Research was identified in a search of the National collection on child protection on 08 June 2017.

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