About this book….

‘…..the book will prove to be an invaluable up-to-date sourcebook for all staff working in the education settings and those in the child welfare field.’

Professor Simon Hackett Durham University

AIM Understanding and Managing Problematic and Harmful Sexual Behaviours in Education Settings – a guide for education staff in schools and colleges (3rdEdition)

“Keeping children safe in Education” (DfE 2016) and several recent government reports into harmful sexual behaviours and sexual violence and harassment in schools have highlighted identifying and managing sexual behaviours and attitudes as a significant issue which education staff need to address.

This book is for education professionals in school and college settings, particularly Head Teachers, College Principals, Heads of Pastoral Care and Designated Safeguarding Leads. It brings together information from research and practice to provide clear, practical guidance and advice on how sexual behaviours can be understood and managed appropriately in education settings. It has four sections:

Understanding– includes definitions of healthy, problematic and harmful sexual behaviours and an overview of healthy sexual development. It provides information about why children/adolescents, including those with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorders, develop these behaviours. It includes current understanding of females, working with families, the effect of the internet and social media and the overlap with child sexual exploitation.

Assessment – includes tools for education professionals to assess levels of concern/risk. Checklists based on age and learning disability and Pattern Mapping for a more in depth understanding to make interventions more focused and effective. There is also guidance for individuals on the autistic spectrum.

Management– includes immediate risk management; talking with parents and the development of a RAMP Safety and Support Plan for ongoing work. There is also guidance on specific management issues and whole school/college work.

Intervention– includes ideas for direct work appropriate to education settings, with children/adolescents, including those with learning disabilities and those on the autistic spectrum. It also has suggestions for useful resources.