Harmful sexual behaviour Research and resources

Below is a selection of our child protection research, leaflets, guidance, evaluations and safeguarding resources on harmful sexual behaviour.

How safe are our children? 2017

Our report compiles and analyses the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across the 4 nations in the UK in 2017.

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Exploring technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour

Research into the backgrounds and behaviours of boys and young men who engage in harmful sexual behaviours using online and mobile channels. Part of the NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series.

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The characteristics of children who display harmful sexual behaviour

The needs of children with a learning difficulty, younger children and girls accessing a specialised service for harmful sexual behaviour. Part of the NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series.

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Turn the page: final evaluation

Final evaluation of a service working with teenage boys who display harmful sexual behaviour. Part of the NSPCC’s Impact and evidence series.

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Harmful sexual behaviour framework

Framework to help local areas develop and improve multi-agency responses to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours (HSB). Developed by the NSPCC, Research in Practice and Professor Simon Hackett.

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Learning from case reviews - Harmful sexual behaviour: learning from case reviews

Lessons from case reviews published since 2010, where where harmful sexual behaviour was highlighted as a significant issue.

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Neglect and its relationship to other forms of harm

Findings from 3 linked evidence scopes investigating the relationship between child neglect and other forms of maltreatment. Makes evidence-based recommendations for policy and practice.

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A review of the research on children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour online (HSB)

Review of current research around the online harmful sexual behaviours displayed by children and young people. Part of the NSPCC’s Impact and Evidence series.

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How safe are our children? 2016

Our report compiles and analyses the most robust and up-to-date child protection data that exists across the 4 nations in the UK for 2016.

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Sexting: advice for professionals

What to do if a child or young person has received or sent an explicit image, video or message.
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Read our research, reports and resources about child sexual exploitation (CSE) including learning from case reviews. 

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