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Harmful sexual behaviour

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Adults and children with learning disabilities and/or autistic people can sometimes display harmful or abusive sexual behaviours.



  • Leam CA, Lindsay WR & Brown KD (Eds) (2010) Assessment + Treatment of Sexual Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities. Chichester: Wiley.
  • Bates (Ed) (2018). LD & Sexuality. 2nd Edition.
  • Brown & Brown (2018) When Young People with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Hit Puberty. A Parents’ Q&A Guide to Health, Sexuality and Relationships. Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.

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This resource is a helpful tool in terms of helping professionals who work with children and young people to identify and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours and adolescent sexual development. Freely accessible here.

NSPCC (2016) harmful sexual behaviour framework

NSPCC (2016) framework that aims to support local work with children and young people and the areas in which they live, by means of developing and improving multi-agency responses to children displaying HSB. For more information, visit their website.

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