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CPD for all staff – Sexualised behaviours in school: A SYSTEMIC PERSPECTIVE AND ADVICE FOR STAFF

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Date(s) - 19/05/2022
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

THURSDAY 19TH MAY 2022 – 9:30 – 11:30
ONLINE – A link will be sent out prior to the event

Suitable for all staff (Secondary and Primary)


There are a range of common and healthy exploratory behaviours exhibited by children and young people at different developmental stages. When a child or young person demonstrates ‘sexual behaviours’ in ways considered to be outside this range, their behaviour may be called ‘harmful’ because it is harmful to themselves or others.

This session will explore resources that help staff understand what is considered appropriate and normal behaviour for the age and stage of development of children and young people, and reflect on which behaviours might be considered more concerning. We will consider ways to examine these behaviours, manage them safely and link into child protection when necessary for further expertise.

• Recognise and identify sexualised behaviours and differentiate between those which are part of healthy sexual development and those which may be problematic or harmful.
• Reflect on our own values and understand how they could impact on decision making.
• Understand the importance of using a common language around developmental and harmful sexual behaviours.
• Reflect on what a behaviour may be communicating and why the child or young person may be exhibiting the behaviour.
• Appropriately respond to sexualised behaviours (using assessment), considering possible motivations, communications, severity and put safety plans into place (as needed).

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