Sexual Development in Children and Adolescents

Course overview

Course Description

The training will encourage practitioners to consider the sexual development trajectory for children and adolescents, supporting identification of healthy, problematic and harmful sexual behaviours. The training will use established tools such as the Brook Traffic Light Tool and will include interactive activities, to encourage practitioners to share learning experiences and examples of good practice, in addition to providing a networking forum and an opportunity to enhance skills in dealing with this at times challenging area for children, adolescents and practitioners alike. This course will be delivered by the Focus Forensic CAMH service, with support from Wakefield Youth Offending Team .


Target Audience

All practitioners and managers who work with children young people and their families e.g. school staff, social workers, children first hub staff and the YOT. Health staff would also benefit from this briefing. It is expected that delegates will have already completed basic safeguarding training.


Course Highlights

Learning Outcomes

* Explore sexual development in children aged 0-18

* Support practitioners in understanding healthy sexual development and distinguish it from harmful sexual behaviour

* Provide guidance on how to respond appropriately to sexual behaviour in children and young people

* Consider safeguarding issues related to children displaying problematic / harmful sexual behaviour

* Outline the current support services and referral pathways for responding to a continuum of harmful sexual behaviours


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