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.

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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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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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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Turn the page: first evaluation

Our first evaluation report of Turn the page, our service for young people with harmful sexual behaviour. Part of the NSPCC's Impact and evidence series.

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Sexual abuse: a public health challenge

Review of the evidence looks at what we know about the causes, prevalence and consequences of sexual abuse.

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Boys and girls speak out: a qualitative study of children’s gender and sexual cultures

Research by Cardiff University looks at how younger children perceive gender, sexual identity and relationships. 

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Provision for young people who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour

Research into the service provision within the UK for young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour.

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Qualitative study of children, young people and 'sexting'

Research with young people to discover how sexually explicit texts and images are produced, circulated and used through mobile phones and the internet.

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Sexting: an exploration of practices, attitudes and influences

Findings from focus groups with young people, aged 13-14 years and 10-11 years in England. 

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Healthy sexual behaviour in children and young people

Useful advice on what is normal sexual behaviour, warning signs that suggest there may be a problem, and how best to react.
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Online abuse

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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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Child sexual exploitation

Read our research, reports and resources about child sexual exploitation (CSE) including learning from case reviews. 

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