Developing a NHS framework for harmful sexual behaviours in children and young people

Working with children displaying harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) can be challenging for NHS staff, and NHS staff development may not form part of safeguarding boards’ HSB strategy


The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) had already developed a Harmful Sexual Behaviour Framework, the project developed this framework to be more inclusive of health staff and to develop a set of practical resources to support health staff dealing with HSB issues.


A Harmful Sexual Behaviour Framework extended to be inclusive of healthcare staff to inform local planning and service development – more information as well as the framework can be found on the NSPCC website.  

An online resource including practical advice and guidance for healthcare staff.

An awareness raising campaign


NSPCC, Safeguarding leads and safeguarding board members from across the country

Project completion target

March 2019

Project lead

Karen Tanner

Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching/Deputy Director Education and Training

Karen Tanner

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