New NHS guidance on child sexual behaviour

NICE Guidance – Harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people published in Sept 2016 provides guidelines covering children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour.

The guidance has been developed because research indicates that many children and young people charged with criminal offences relating to harmful sexual behaviour had previously been referred to children’s services. But their sexual behaviour was either not recognised or dismissed.

The guidelines have been written for all professionals working with children and young people including schools, social services, health workers, police as well as young people and their families.  It provides recommendations on:

  • multi-agency woking practice
  • early help assessment
  • risk assessment for children and young people referred to harmful sexual behaviour services
  • engaging with families and carers before an intervention begins
  • developing and managing a care plan for children and young people displaying harmful sexual behaviour