Harmful sexual behaviour describes when children or young people engage in sexual discussions or acts that are inappropriate for their age or development. Many will naturally grow out of these behaviours so, whilst it is important they are not unnecessarily stigmatised, their actions should also not be ignored. In cases of a small number of children and young people who commit sexual offences, there is evidence that shows early opportunities to recognise and address their behaviours were missed.
The Brook Advisory Service Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool
supports professionals working with children and young people by helping them to identify and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours.