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Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB)

Harmful Sexual Behaviour includes:

  • Using sexually explicit words and phrases
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Using sexual violence or threats
  • Full penetrative sex with other children or adults.

Children and young people who develop harmful sexual behaviour harm themselves and others.

“Sexual behaviours expressed by children and young people under the age of 18 years old that are developmentally inappropriate, may be harmful towards self or others, or be abusive towards another child, young person or adult.” (Derived from Hackett, 2014)

National Resources

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges: Advice for governing bodies, proprietors, head teachers, principals, senior leadership teams and designated safeguarding leads (in folder)

National Support Organisations:

Useful resources for Parents / Carers

Key Lessons from Serious Case Reviews

Legislation and National Guidance:

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