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Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Guidance for Schools & Colleges

What is Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB)?

Sexual behaviour between children is considered harmful if the child is being coerced or threatened or if one of the children is older. When establishing if a child's sexual behaviour is harmful, we must not only take their age into account but also their physical, intellectual and emotional development.

Sexually harmful behaviours are likely to include elements of: