Pat Branigan discusses the role of co-production in developing a working framework for harmful sexual behaviour
Sexual abuse perpetrated by children and young people is not a rare phenomenon.
Around one third of all sexual offences against children and young people in the UK are committed by other children and young people (Hackett 2014).
Professionals have learned much about the nature and extent of the problem, good assessment practice and effective interventions.
But service provision across the UK remains patchy and relatively uncoordinated.
There are beacons of good practice, but levels of professional confidence and competence are, at best, varied.
The NSPCC wanted to create a coherent, cohesive and effective response to children’s and young people’s harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). And coproduction played a pivotal role in the creation of the operational harmful sexual behaviour framework.