Identifying and Responding to Harmful Sexual Behaviour By Children and Young People

What is this training about?

Children and young people who have experienced trauma often display a wide range of behaviours that feel difficult to understand and are challenging to effectively respond to. Children and young people who engage in harmful sexual behaviour have significant needs. The children who are the targets of such behaviour are also in need of support and protection. Drawing on the Australian Childhood Foundation’s extensive experience in working with children and young people with these behaviours, we provide an analysis of the breadth and meaning of these behaviours as well as a clear framework for responding within a clear child safety paradigm.

This interactive virtual classroom will help participants to consider the core issues involved in safely responding to these kinds of behaviour.

What will you learn?

By attending this training, you will:

  • Briefly consider how to identify harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people
  • Learn about the legal context that is relevant to how to respond
  • Understand the differences between developmentally appropriate sexual behaviour and harmful sexual behaviour
  • Implement specific strategies for managing these behaviours underpinned by a framework of safety
  • Evaluate and adapt the current approaches within your organisation to this area of concern.