Working with Children Under 12 with Sexual Behaviour Problems

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.


Are you concerned about the sexual behaviour of a child you work with? Is this behaviour developmentally normal, problematic or abusive? This one day workshop will explore the sexual development of children and when that development becomes problematic. The exploration of this topic will start by looking at the assumptions that are commonly held about children’s sexual development and the contexts of children’s lives that may lead to problematic sexual behaviour.

During the workshop, participants will explore the theoretical basis for intervention with these children and their families. There will be a particular emphasis on interagency work and consideration by participants of their role in recognising and responding to children’s sexually abusive behaviour.

This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Gain the theoretical background into a child protection framework for working with children who sexually abuse other children
  • Understand the theoretical background into the sexual development of children
  • Gain skills in identifying when the sexual behaviour of children becomes problematic
  • Consider your own practice and how to work with other agencies

Who should attend?

Workers who provide counselling or casework services to children (up to age 12) engaging in sexually abusive behaviours. This course is also open to foster carers.