The NSPCC has launched new guidance to help children's health professionals to identify risk on harmful sexual behaviour (HSB).
Whilst the charity has provided advice on how to tackle HSB for some time the new online resource has been designed specifically with health professionals in mind. The resource which includes a step by step guide and downloadable tools will support a range of workers working in the sector including child and adolescent health teams, health visitors, school nurses and school mental health champions.
HSB has been identified by NHS England as a priority area in healthcare. ‘Everyone who works in the health sector has a key role in recognising when a child’s sexualised behaviour becomes problematic or harmful, stopping it from escalating and making sure everyone involved gets the support they need (NHS England, 2016*)’.
NSPCC said ‘We've created evidence-based resources which help frontline practitioners respond to children and young people displaying HSB, mitigate risk and prioritise children's safety. We've also provided guidance to help strategic leads assess and improve the local area response to HSB and strengthen multi-agency working.’
The full guidance can be found here.