Most young people who engage in harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) are adolescent boys (Hackett, S. et al, 20131). However children under 12, children with a learning difficulty and girls can also display HSB. We know much less about the characteristics of these groups of children, which makes it more challenging to provide appropriate support.
We developed an extension of our Turn the Page service especially for children in these groups. This summary report looks at the needs of the children participating in the programme and highlights learning from practitioners about what works to support them.
This report is part of our Impact and evidence series.
Author: Vicki Hollis
ReferencesHackett et al (2013) Individual, family and abuse characteristics of 700 British child and adolescent sexual abusers. Child Abuse Review, 22(4): pp. 232–245.
Please cite as: Hollis, V. (2017) The profile of the children and young people accessing an NSPCC service for harmful sexual behaviour: summary report. London: NSPCC.
Access guidance, resources and training to help you respond to and prevent incidents of problematic sexual behaviour and harmful sexual behaviour, including child-on-child and peer-on-peer sexual abuse.
Provides learning for professionals around responding appropriately to children and young people who have displayed HSB or been impacted by it and assessing their needs.