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Parliamentary inquiry: Support and sanctions for children who display harmful sexual behaviour

  1. To determine whether current definitions of harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) are fit for purpose in light of changing social and cultural norms.
  2. To determine how far harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) is becoming more prevalent and/or more visible.
  3. To determine whether current legislation, policy and practice in relation to harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) are fit for purpose.
  4. To explore which groups of children are particular at risk of displaying harmful sexual behaviour (HSB).
  5. To understand the links between harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) and child sexual exploitation (CSE), and how responding appropriately to HSB can help prevent young people becoming victims and/or perpetrators of CSE.
  6. To explore how effectively the police and the criminal justice system respond to harmful sexual behaviour (HSB), and whether changes in policy or practice are needed.
  7. To explore how effectively schools, health services and local authority services respond to harmful sexual behaviour (HSB), and whether changes in policy or practice are needed.
  8. To explore the impact of technology and the internet on how we understand, prevent and respond to harmful sexual behaviour (HSB).

For further information, please contact Ditte Heede: ditte.heede@barnardos.org.uk | 0758 4270 700