Provision for young people who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour Services for young people in the UK

Boy standing against garage doorThis research aimed to gain an understanding of contemporary service provision within the UK for young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour.

The report looks at current service provision across the UK, key principles that underpin good practice, and local and national guidance. It makes recommendations for practice, policy and service provision in relation to young people displaying sexually harmful behaviour.

Author: Connie Smith, Caroline Bradbury-Jones, Anne Lazenbatt and Julie Taylor
Date: 2013

The research found:

  • a reasonably consistent picture across the four UK countries regarding service provision for children and young people who exhibit harmful sexual behaviour
  • most children who come into contact with such services are subject to an assessment using a standardised framework
  • processes for assessment, child protection measures, staff training and multiagency procedures are commonplace
  • procedures and guidelines to support good practice do not always make explicit suggestions and recommendations, particularly regarding assessment or intervention approaches
  • a lack of specific advice when working with younger children, girls, young people from minority ethnic groups or those with a learning disability
  • several principles underpinning good practice in relation to service provision. However, the authors suggest that 'valuing the strength of the child and family' is not sufficiently explicit within procedures and guidelines in this area and that this omission should be addressed.
Summary 2
Introduction 5
Project aims and objectives 7
Project design 8
Discussion 25
Conclusion and recommendations 31

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