We’ve summarised information on what peer sexual abuse and harassment is, how to recognise it, and how people who work with children can best tackle it.
Read our information about how to recognise, respond to and prevent harmful sexual behaviour.
Find out about developmentally appropriate and healthy child sexual behaviour and how to respond to inappropriate sexual behaviour.
Our updated elearning courses will help you to manage harmful sexual behaviour in primary or secondary schools in the UK.
We have a series of episodes discussing different aspects of harmful sexual behaviour:
Use our evidence-informed framework to help local areas develop and improve multi-agency responses to children displaying harmful sexual behaviour (HSB).
Use our free tool to audit your school’s child protection arrangements and ensure your organisation meets best practices. Covers the measures schools should have in place to prevent and respond appropriately to all forms of peer-on-peer abuse.
We’ve also got lots of information and resources for teachers and group leaders on talking to children and young people about healthy relationships.
What to do if you have concerns that a child you know through your work or volunteering has experienced abuse and neglect and how to respond if a child discloses abuse to you.
Our resources share learning about how to respond if a child tells you they have experienced abuse and ensure children always feel listened to.
Explains how an allegation of abuse may be made against a child, how people who work with children can respond and how to decide if a concern is a child protection issue.
Advice about sexting and what to do to help a young person who has received or sent an explicit image, video or message.
Information to help you understand how to recognise indicators and learn how to respond to concerns.
Guidance on how to prepare for having difficult conversations with children and young people and what you need to keep in mind when discussing sensitive topics.
"Is this sexual abuse?" is a report into the concerns being raised to the NSPCC helpline and Childline about peer sexual abuse; how it takes place, the impact it has, and how to best provide support.
Lessons from case reviews published since 2010, where harmful sexual behaviour was highlighted as a significant issue.
Briefing on the data available about harmful sexual behaviour (HSB), including scale of the issue, technology-assisted HSB and characteristics of young people who display HSB.
A summary of messages from research into harmful sexual behaviour published in 2016 and 2017.
Young people who have experienced abuse at school and parents and teachers who are concerned about sexual abuse in education settings can call the Report Abuse in Education helpline on 0800 136 663 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For anyone with concerns about a child outside of an education setting, contact the NSPCC helpline on 0808 800 5000 or email email@example.com. You can call Monday to Friday 8am to 10pm or 9am to 6pm at the weekends, or email at any time.
Our elearning course will help you manage, assess and respond to sexual harassment and abuse in primary and secondary schools.
£35 per person
Resources to share learning about how to respond if a child tells you they have experienced abuse. Includes free poster resource.
Explore our training, lesson plans, guidance and resources for schools and colleges to help keep your pupils safe.