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Provision for young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour

Project: Research Collaboration with external organisation

  • Taylor, Julie (Principal Investigator)
  • Lazenbatt, Anne (Co-investigator)
  • Bradbury-Jones, Caroline (Co-investigator)
  • Smith, Connie (Principal Investigator)
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date1/01/1131/12/12
Period1/01/1131/12/12

Description

This research is focusses on provision for children and young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). Its purpose is to strengthen knowledge and understanding of service provision and policy for such young people in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The project comprises a survey to identify the scope and nature of provision, case examples of specific services, and analysis of local and national policy.

Layman's description

A study looking at the relevant policy and service provision for young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour, including case studies from across the UK.

Key findings

Research in relation to young people who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour is still accumulating and much remains to be confirmed. This project sought to understand the nature of contemporary service provision for young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour in a UK context. Despite some variations across countries, a reasonably consistent profile of service provision was found across the surveyed local authorities. Most children who come into contact with services are subject to an assessment based on a standardised framework. Additionally training and supervision are available for staff to support their work in the area of harmful sexual behaviour. Several principles underpin good practice relating to service provision for young people who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour. These principles operate at both organisational and individual levels. Valuing the strength of the child and family is largely absent from discourses contained within many procedures and guidelines in this area. A framework for good practice is proposed that is based on a number of principles, including that of valuing the strength of the child and family.

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