Kids With Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Keeping victim experiences central...

Before I left my specialist position working with harmful sexual behaviour full time, we’d dealt with over 800 cases.

That teaches you a thing or two about how the whole thing works!

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Nagy-Bagoly Ilona

Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Nagy-Bagoly Ilona (adapted)

One lesson that stands out…

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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.

Image courtesy of ©Barnardo's

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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Barnardo’s Studying Girls Who Sexually Abuse Others…

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Today the BBC website published news of a study being undertaken by Barnardo’s Cymru Taith Service.  The Service, which provides assessment and interventions for children and young people aged 8-18 with sexual behaviour problems, has secured funding from the Big Lottery Fund to research how the problem effect girls specifically.

Previous research has primarily focussed on work with adult male offenders; however, in recent years studies have been conducted into adolescent males and, more recently, adult women who offend sexually.  To date, however, girls have been left out.  The Taith study hopes to contribute to future assessment and treatment paradigms and to influence policy concerning this important but minority group.

© Jonny Matthew 2013