Children with harmful sexual behaviour face many challenges – shame, stigma, access to support, even vigilante action – and barriers, as do some social care professionals working with them (see our special report for more).
So, those working in the south west may be interested to know that a new programme to tackle harmful sexual behaviour has launched.
The Be Safe Children’s Service – which has been delivering services to teenagers with HSB for the last five years – received £444,500 from the Big Lottery Realising Ambition fund to set up a specialist treatment programme in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. It will work with younger children, aged eight to 12, to deliver a programme of psychological treatment and support developed by Oklahoma University.
Annie Hudson, Bristol’s director for children and young people, said: “Be Safe is a tried and trusted service for professionals who work with children to make referrals when young people show worrying sexual behaviour. By extending the service to younger children we now have greater opportunities to tackle the issue early in life to help prevent problems later on.” Picture credit: WestEnd61/Rex Features
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