Multi-agency response to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours
There is a need for a multi-agency response to children displaying harmful sexual behaviours (HSB) which has been developed by NSPCC in partnership with The Lucy Faithful Foundation, Action for Children and Barnardo’s, and other experts in HSB. The framework focuses on five key elements including: responses to children and young people who display HSB; prevention, identification and early assessment; effective assessment and referral pathways; interventions; and workforce development.
Further information: NSPCC: Harmful sexual behaviour framework
The NSPCC has revealed that more than 1,300 cases of sexual communication with a child have been recorded in the six months following the introduction of the new offence, Sexual Communication with a Child. Before the new law was introduced in April 2017, police couldn’t intervene until groomers met young people in person.
The NSPCC has found that girls aged 12–15 were the most likely to be targeted, but that some children were as young as seven. The charity has called for the government and social media companies to use existing technology to identify grooming behaviour and set up anti-grooming alerts for young people and moderators.
Further details, here.
Child sexual exploitation perpetrator research
The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Exploitation has published five studies on child sexual exploitation (CSE) perpetration. The scoping studies identify key findings from existing research and provide new evidence on the characteristics and perspectives of people who sexually exploit young people. There is also a briefing paper reflecting on the learning from these reports. Find out more.
Working together to safeguard children: consultation outcome
The Department for Education (DfE) has published a summary of responses received following consultation on changes to the statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children, new child death guidance and new regulations for England. The summary includes the government’s response to the questions asked during the consultation and outlines the next steps.