Treating young people with harmful sexual behaviour
Preventing young people from sexually harming other children
To protect other children, we are helping to change the thinking and behaviour of 5 to 17-year-old boys and girls who have shown sexually harmful behaviour.
We're testing a combination of therapeutic approaches to help them focus on their strengths so they will be better equipped in forming positive relationships.
Building on strengths and self-esteem to form healthy relationships
We believe that young people can best overcome their difficulties with harmful sexual behaviour by focusing on their strengths, raising their self-esteem and helping them take responsibility for their actions.
We meet with each young person for up to 30 sessions where we help them identify the reasons they have for behaving in a sexually harmful way.
We help them focus on their strengths and positive qualities as well as on the impact of their behaviour so they can be better equipped to form healthy and positive relationships. Our aim is that for each young person to meet with the same one or two people throughout the sessions.
Afterwards, we hope the young person will not only be able to forge healthy personal relationships in future, but also be able to take part in school and extra-curricular activities and participate more fully in family life.
Influencing new ways of working
By evaluating our work, we will be able to advise other organisationss on the most effective methods to help these young people, and prevent further instances of sexual abuse.
Find out more about our work in this area
Are you a child?
Do you need to talk? Call ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit us online.
Worried about a child?
Don’t wait until you’re certain. Contact our trained helpline counsellors for 24/7 help, advice and support.