Sexual Abuse

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)

KSCP 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 becki.hinchliffe@kirklees.gov.uk if you are aware of any resources you would like to be added to this page.

Local Resources

  • KSCP Harmful Sexual Behaviour Good Practice Guidance (currently being written)
  • KSCP Harmful Sexual Behaviour Pathway (currently being written)
  • WY Consortium Procedures

National Resources

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:

Useful resources for Parents / Carers

Key Lessons from Serious Case Reviews

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Harmful Sexual Behaviour

KSCP 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 KSCB website to be a hub of information on this topic, please contact becki.hinchliffe@kirklees.gov.uk if you are aware of any resources you would like to be added to this page.

Useful documents on Harmful Sexual Behaviour

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:

Links to Training

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  • Harmful Sexual Behaviour - 30-01-2020

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

If you think a child in Kirklees is being abused or mistreated contact us immediately or in an emergency call 999. Don’t delay!