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Safeguarding Bulletin

Welcome to this week's safeguarding bulletin which is dedicated to providing parents with valuable insights into recognizing and addressing harmful sexual behaviour in teenagers. Unfortunately this continues to be concern nationally which is why we are revisiting this following some previous bulletins which had similar content. As adolescents navigate the complexities of their developing identities and relationships, it's crucial for parents to be informed and equipped to support them effectively.


Recognising Harmful Sexual Behaviour: Understanding what constitutes harmful sexual behaviour is the first step in addressing it. Signs may include:

  • Aggressive or coercive behaviour in romantic or sexual relationships.

  • Lack of respect for personal boundaries.

  • Engaging in sexual activity without consent or despite objections.

  • Use of technology to pressure or manipulate others sexually.

  • Consuming and sharing sexually explicit material without consent.


Causes and Contributing Factors: Several factors may contribute to harmful sexual behavior in teenagers, including:

  • Exposure to pornography at a young age.

  • Trauma or abuse experiences.

  • Lack of healthy relationship role models.

  • Peer pressure and societal influences.

  • Underlying mental health issues, such as impulse control disorders.


Communication and Support: Open and non-judgmental communication between parents and teenagers is crucial in addressing and preventing harmful sexual behaviour. Here are some strategies for fostering constructive dialogue:

  • Create a safe and supportive environment for discussing sensitive topics.

  • Listen actively and validate your teenager's feelings and experiences.

  • Educate them about healthy relationships, consent, and respect for boundaries.

  • Encourage critical thinking about media portrayals of sex and relationships.

  • Be proactive in seeking professional help if needed, such as therapy or counseling.

 

By staying informed, fostering open communication, and seeking appropriate support when needed, parents can play a vital role in addressing and preventing harmful sexual behaviour in teenagers. Remember, you're not alone in this journey, and there are resources and communities ready to support you every step of the way.


Please see the attached document form the NSPCC which is really insightful.


NSPCC harmful-sexual-behaviour guidance (1)
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