Assessing sexualised behaviour
It can be hard to determine what is healthy, problematic, inappropriate or serious sexual behaviour in schools, particularly where there are limited resources available. This is where specialist provision and services can help. They can support you in assessing the young person who has displayed sexually harmful behaviour and help you to understand the nature and extent of this behaviour. However, not all behaviour concerns will require a referral to a specialist service.
- how assessments such as the AIM assessment are used to determine levels of risk and where they should be applied
- why it’s important to integrate responses to sexualised behaviour into your wider policies and overarching strategy
- how to address serious harmful behaviours and when a referral should be made to a service for an assessment
- what actions to take when lower level behaviour concerns are displayed and how to minimise risks going forward.
- why it’s vital to keep your professional knowledge and training up-to-date.
- Sarah Bloomer, the Director of Safeguarding for Academy Transformation Trust
- Pat Branigan, the NSPCC’s Development and Impact Manager for Children’s Services and lead on harmful sexual behaviour
- Nicole Rossage, an experienced Designated Safeguarding Lead working within the education sector
- Katy Tomkinson, a qualified social worker for the NSPCC