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Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Not all sexual abuse is carried out by adults. Around one-third of child sexual abuse is thought to be carried out by under-18s.

This site presents a guide for parents, carers and professionals on preventing harmful sexual behaviour to help everyone do their part in keeping children safe:

This link takes you to a study into Harmful Sexual Behaviours undertaken by the Contextual Safeguarding Network and Durham University and provides some useful information when considering actions and policy in this area:

Sexting and Sending Nudes

Sexting is when you send a sexual message, photo or video to someone else. It could be a picture of you, but sometimes people send pictures and videos of other people. This is very risky behaviour.

This site gives advice and support to under 18s and can also help when something has gone badly wrong.

National Resources

The Contextual Safeguarding Network have produced a range of resources, including a briefing paper and self-assessment toolkit, to support schools to address Harmful Sexual Behaviours.

The Safety Planning in Education - CSA Centre is a guide to support education professionals' knowledge, skills and confidence to understand and respond to incidents of harmful sexual behaviour.