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HfCF Intervention Resources - Working with child sexual abuse

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Intervention guide editor: Hilary Eldridge

The approach includes ways of empowering protective parents with knowledge and tools to plan an active part in their children’s recovery and future protection by understanding what sexual abuse is and protecting children from potentially harmful contexts. The guide supports the practitioner in their work with:

  • parents and carers to promote the safety of children and young people who have been harmed sexually in the family or by a trusted member of the community
  • parents and carers where their child has been responsible for harmful sexual behaviour, so they have relevant information, including about categories, origins and functions of harmful sexual behaviour, what behaviour is age appropriate and what is of concern
  • children under 12 who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour, enabling collaborative work with children and their parents/carers to change inappropriate behaviours, and with children to learn positive ways of managing their sexuality
  • adolescents (aged 12+) who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour, enabling the practitioner to work collaboratively with the young person and their parents/carers to enhance protective factors, help young people to develop appropriately with age appropriate sexual knowledge and understanding of what is OK and not OK, and know how to stay safe in the future.
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