Published case reviews since 2018 highlight that harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) should be recognised as a potential indicator of abuse and that sometimes this can be challenging for professionals to recognise and respond to.
Professionals such as practitioners or those who work in foster care or education, should work together to look for the reasons behind a child's behaviour, provide them with tailored support and consider appropriate safeguarding responses.
The learning emphasises the importance of:
Published: December 2021
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Briefing on the data available about HSB, including scale of the issue, technology-assisted HSB and characteristics of young people who display HSB.
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