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Safe Home evaluation briefing

Learning from a programme working with parents and carers of children who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour

Publication date January 2024

This report provides an overview of an evaluation of the NSPCC’s Safe Home programme carried out by the Public Health Institute at Liverpool John Moores University.

Safe Home is a programme of support for parents and carers of children who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). It sits alongside therapeutic support offered to children and young people who have displayed HSB.

The evaluation was commissioned to explore the experiences of practitioners, parents and carers involved in the Safe Home programme. The methodology included an online survey with 27 Safe Home practitioners and team managers, 10 semi-structured interviews with practitioners, 15 in-depth interviews with parents and carers, and an analysis of NSPCC case management system data.

This report summarises the key findings from the evaluation.

Author: NSPCC 

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Key findings 

  • After attending the Safe Home programme, parents and carers showed increased knowledge, understanding and confidence around the subject of HSB. This led to improved communication and relationships at home, helping to support the overall wellbeing of families and children.
  • Safe Home provided a non-judgemental and trusted safe space for parents and carers. The relationships built between practitioners and parents and carers maximised engagement and proved key to the success of the programme.
  • Practitioners, parents and carers felt the length, structure and content of Safe Home made the programme accessible and adaptable to the needs of families. 

Citation

Please cite as: NSPCC (2024) NSPCC Safe Home evaluation: briefing. London: NSPCC.