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Harmful Sexual Behaviour / Sexualised Behaviour

Page last updated: 23/09/2021

​Each child is different and may become interested in relationships, sex and sexuality at slightly different ages. As children get older and develop, the way they express their sexual feelings changes. Many sexual behaviours children and young people show as they grow up are normal and healthy, as long as they’re not causing harm to others or to themselves. However, sometimes children and young people can develop sexual behaviour that’s inappropriate for their age and / or harmful and settings must be alert to such  behaviours and appropriately address any concerns in accordance with safeguarding procedures.

Harmful sexual behaviour / peer on peer sexual abuse in schools training – 10 June 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended this training. The presentations can be accessed in this zip folder. For further SEMH resources, please see the COVID-19 pages.

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Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and UK Council for Internet Safety

This advice is non-statutory and should be read alongside: