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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)

KSCB have recently set up a Task and Finish Group that will be developing the local approach to Harmful Sexual Behaviour.
We will be focusing on 8 key areas

  • Clear, widely understood Joint Protocol for management of HSB cases
  • Good quality, timely assessments of HSB at every level of intervention
  • Therapeutic strategies for children displaying HSB
  • Data on children displaying HSB is accurately captured (whether or not they go on to receive support)
  • The wider Children’s workforce are clear about what HSB is and how to respond
  • Opportunities for prevention are identified and developed
  • Schools will receive guidance and templates for management of HSB cases within education settings
  • Support for Parents and Practitioners

We are developing this page of the KSCP website to be a hub of information on this topic, please contact if you are aware of any resources you would like to be added to this page.

Local Resources

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)

Brooks highly acclaimed Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool supports professionals working with children and young people by helping them to identify and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours.
The tool uses a traffic light system to categorise the sexual behaviours of young people and is designed to help professionals:

  • Make decisions about safeguarding children and young people
  • Assess and respond appropriately to sexual behaviour in children and young people
  • Understand healthy sexual development and distinguish it from harmful behaviour

Useful resources for Parents / Carers

Key Lessons from Serious Case Reviews

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Links to Training

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  • Harmful Sexual Behaviour - 20-01-2021

    Kirklees Safeguarding Children Partnership (KSCP) Basement - Room B16 Brian Jackson House 2 New North Parade Huddersfield HD1 5JP