To assist residential care workers to identify concerning sexual behaviours and to react and respond appropriately to reduce the risk and increase safety.
Sexual behaviour definitions
Age and developmentally appropriate sexual behaviour is within age and developmental appropriate behaviours, spontaneous, curious, mutual and easily diverted experimentation.
Problematic sexual behaviour is outside age appropriate behaviours in terms of frequency, inequality in age, size, power and/or ability.
Harmful sexual behaviour is harmful, forceful, secretive, compulsive, coercive, threatening and degrading.
Sexual behaviours procedures If a residential care worker observers or receives a disclosure of sexual behaviours by a child or between children they must establish whether the sexual behaviour is age and developmentally appropriate, problematic or harmful.
If the sexual behaviour is age and developmentally appropriate
If the sexual behaviour is problematic
If the sexual behaviour is harmful