SEFTON LSCB Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Online Manual

    20.4 Principles of Working with Children and Young People who have Harmful or Problematic Sexual Behaviour

    Last updated 12/11/2018

    Principles of Working with Children and Young People who have Harmful or Problematic Sexual Behaviour

    a. Work with children and young people who harm others must recognise that such children are likely to have considerable needs themselves, and also that they may pose a significant risk of harm to other children and young people;

    b. The needs of the children and young people who sexually harm should be considered separately from the needs of their victims;

    c. Evidence suggests that children and young people who abuse may have suffered considerable disruption in their lives, been exposed to violence within the family, may have witnessed or been subject to physical or Sexual Abuse, have problems in their educational development and may have committed other offences. Such children and young people are likely to be children in need, and some will in addition be suffering from, or at risk of, Significant Harm and may themselves be in need of protection;

    d. The reasons why young people sexually abuse are multi-faceted and to explore these further, a full risk assessment and an assessment of need must be carried out in every case;

    e. Children and young people who sexually harm others should be held responsible for their abusive behaviour;

    f. Early and effective, intervention with children and young people who sexually harm others may play an important part in protecting children, by preventing the continuation or escalation of abusive behaviour;

    g. Young people who sexually harm others have a right to be consulted and involved in all matters and decisions that affect their lives. Their parents have a right to information, respect and participation in matters that affect their family.