Teaching teenagers about sexual consent:

If it's not "yes", it's "No"...

If you work with young people, the issue of sex is never far away.

Are they practicing safe sex? Do they understand consent? These are key issues.

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Antonio Guillem (adapted)

Great new FREE video series…

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The National Working Group on Child Sexual Exploitation have come up with the goods again!

This time, two tools to helps professionals…

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Image courtesy of ©NWG

There’s some excellent information here.

Those working at a strategic level will find a summary of recommendations to follow.

Practitioners can access an excellent and very easy to use tool that will help them explore the possible relationship between other issues and CSE.

NWG website here…

Are you working with sexual abuse?


It allows you to express the experiences of a child you’ve worked with. Their voice can contribute!

I took the survey – it takes about 10 minutes max.

Yes, I’ve got 10 minutes to give sexually abused children a voice…

The Universities of Bath and Birmingham, in collaboration with the NSPCC and CEOP are carrying out research about young people who have experienced sexually abusive experiences, whether online or offline.  This research aims to investigate how the environment of abuse (online or offline) effects the impact on the victim, and will be used to provide advice and guidance to professionals’ working in this area, to help them better support young people who have been abused in the future.

As part of this study, the research team are trying to gain the perspectives of professionals working with young people who have been sexually abused (either on or offline).

Your information will remain anonymous and will only be reported in group format. Some quotes may be used (with no identifying features in them). If you later change your mind about taking part, you will be given the chance to opt out of the survey.

Yes, I’ll help – take me to the survey…

Thanks for your help with this!  Cheers, Jonny.

CSA research

Working with harmful sexual behaviour:

6 tips for improving your practice...

I spent the best part of ten years working full time with harmful sexual behaviour – HSB.

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/skdesign (adapted)

During that time we dealt with something like 800 young people. After that many cases, you learn a thing or two…

I want to share some tips for  improving your HSB practice. Whether you’re new to this or an experienced professional. A specialist or just interested.

6 tips for top notch HSB work…

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Guide for Parents of Children & Young People Who Have Got in Trouble Online…

This FREE parents’ guide from the Faithfull Foundation is fab!

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Image courtesy of ©Faithfull Foundation

It has 3 sections, each covering a different kind of online problem:

  1. My child exhibits risk-taking behaviour by accessing adult pornography…
  2. My child has behaved irresponsibly by sending or receiving sexual images…
  3. My child has been arrested for viewing indecent images of children…

It’s a great bit of kit from a reliable source – download it FREE here.

Harmful Sexual Behaviour:

3 misunderstandings about AIM2 assessments...

Sexual abuse remains a prevalent issue in the news.

Rotherham and the start of the historical child abuse enquiry, have followed quickly on the heals of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Studies now generally accept that around a third of such abuse is carried out by other children or young people.

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Image courtesy of ©iStockPhoto/olm26250 (adapted)

So agencies are rightly looking for ways to ensure that harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) in children and young people is properly handled.

Pitfalls of non-specialist HSB work…

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FREE webinars from NEARI Press…

NEARI PressFor those of you who aren’t familiar with NEARI Press, they provide excellent publications, courses and webinars in the field of sexual abuse – for both adults and children/young people.

To see the list of FREE webinars planned for this year – click here.

(I’ll be joining the one on the impact of pornography on youth culture)

I highly recommend signing up for their newsletter, which usually has a summary of a piece of research on HSB or related field – click here.


Working with harmful sexual behaviour – 2 essential staff support strategies…

Anyone working with troubled young people faces challenges. Such is the nature of the job.

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Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto/Sandocir

This is particularly the case, in my view, when working with troubled sexual behaviour. Managers and organisations have a duty of care for staff in this field.

So what do staff need?…

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Harmful sexual behaviour work – some resources…

No-one leaves school wanting to work with sex offenders! Obviously.

But some of us end up there. That’s what happened to me.

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Image courtesy of ©Barnardo’s

So I thought I would share a few of the resources I’ve come across during my years working with harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) in children and young people…

Useful resources for HSB work…

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Join the fight against Child Sexual Exploitation…

CSE CampaignSPEAK OUT AGAINST CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION – this is the National Working Group Network campaign to tackle CSE.

For more information about the Network and its excellent work, click here.

There is a library of useful resources and information from NWG here.

Just text the word “VOICE” to 70007 to donate £3…

THANKS! Cheers, J.