Harmful sexual behaviour in schools training

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£35 per person


2 hours

Online courses to help manage harmful sexual behaviour in primary or secondary schools in the UK

Are you aware of the differences between healthy sexual behaviours and those which are of concern? Do you know what to do if a child or young person has experienced peer-on-peer abuse or is displaying sexualised behaviour?

Primary schools

Learning about sex and sexual behaviour begins at a young age. It’s often a healthy and normal part of a child’s development, but concerning behaviour can also start to emerge. An early response can help prevent children from harming themselves and others.

Secondary schools

Children at secondary school often spend more time unsupervised, can be greatly influenced by their peer group and have more exposure to social media, the internet and technology. These factors can influence their understanding of what healthy sexual behaviour looks like.

Get the knowledge and skills you need to recognise, report and record sexualised behaviour concerns with our elearning courses for primary or secondary schools.

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Guidance in all four UK nations stresses the importance of providing an effective response to harmful sexual behaviour (Department for Education, 20181; Department of Health. Northern Ireland, 20172; Scottish Government, 20143; All Wales Child Protection Procedures Review Group (AWCPPRG), 20124).

Benefits of the course

  • CPD certified.
  • Reflects guidance in all four UK nations.
  • Developed by subject matter experts specialising in preventing harmful sexual behaviour.
  • Complete at your own pace and in your own time.
  • Train anytime, anywhere and take the courses as many times as you like within one year.
  • Personalised downloadable certificate of achievement.
  • Purchasing licences on behalf of your team? Easily download reports to show who has completed the course.
  • Includes film interviews with experts and practitioners in the field, interactive quizzes, film scenarios and reflective tasks to help you develop your understanding and confidence.
  • Once you’ve taken the courses, it doesn’t stop there. We have a range of further information, training and downloadable resources to help you protect the children you work with.

What school staff and experts say about managing sexualised behaviour

of our customers would recommend NSPCC elearning
* We received 20,806 evaluation forms from people who had taken our courses between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019. 20,511 (99%) said they would recommend the course they had taken.

What will I learn?

The courses contain five sections followed by an assessment to help you develop your understanding and confidence.

After completing either course, you will:

  • have a better understanding of which behaviours are healthy and which are of concern
  • feel confident in responding immediately to incidents of sexualised behaviour
  • be able to accurately record and detail any incidents
  • better manage the risks of sexualised behaviour by implementing safety plans.

Who is this course for?

Everyone who comes into contact with children and young people has a responsibility to keep them safe.

So whether you’re a teacher, teaching assistant, volunteer or supporting member of staff, our elearning courses will help you to identify and effectively respond to problematic or harmful sexual behaviour in your primary or secondary school.

Why take your training with the NSPCC?

At the NSPCC, we work to keep children and young people safe from abuse and neglect every day.

As the UK's experts on safeguarding and child protection, we understand the issues organisations and people working with children can face. That’s why professionals trust us to provide the support, training and resources they need to help protect the children and young people they work with.

Our highly-rated training courses are developed by experts. We work with a number of organisations, experienced consultants and subject matter experts in a range of sectors to develop courses that are clear, easy-to-use, up-to-date and in line with the latest statutory guidance, and tailored to your needs.

And as a charity, income generated from the sale of our training courses is reinvested back into the NSPCC to help protect children.

Technical requirements

Our online courses will work in most browsers, though we recommend that you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Safari. You will need to make sure your browser is up to date for the course to run.

This course can be taken on PCs and Macs, as well as iPads or other tablet devices. Please note, we are unable to provide full technical support for tablet users. We do not support other mobile devices.

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Call us on 0116 234 7246 or email learning@nspcc.org.uk if you have any questions.


1. Department for Education (DfE) (2018a) Peer on peer abuse. In: Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges. London: Department for Education (DfE).

2. Department of Health. Northern Ireland (2017) Harmful sexual behaviour. In: Co-operating to safeguard children and young people in Northern Ireland. Belfast: Department of Health. Northern Ireland.

3. Scottish Government (2014) Children and young people who display harmful or problematic sexual behaviour. In: National guidance for child protection in Scotland 2014 (PDF). Edinburgh: Scottish Government.

4. All Wales Child Protection Procedures Review Group (AWCPPRG) (2012) The management of young people engaged in sexually harmful behaviour (PDF). [Cardiff]: All Wales Child Protection Procedures Review Group (AWCPPRG).

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“It has given clear guidelines on how to approach these situations and manage them efficiently and effectively for the young person and staff in school.”

Pastoral Team Leader, Primary schools course

"Reaffirmed my understanding of how to manage such incidents and has therefore enabled me to advise and support both a member of staff, two pupils and parents.”

Deputy Headteacher, Secondary schools course