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Children with sexualised behaviours need support, not silence and stigma

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posted on 2016-05-27, 00:00 authored by Wendy O'BrienWendy O'Brien
Reports of coercive sex acts among small children quite understandably provoke strong and broad ranging reactions. Isolating a child from their peers does nothing to address the underlying concerns that may have lead to a child behaving in this way. Rather, children with sexualised behaviours require a sensitive therapeutic response to provide them with the appropriate supports to adopt respectful behaviours towards others. In school settings it is crucial that a sensible and sensitive safety plan is implemented that prioritises the wellbeing and integration of all children, including the child with the behaviours.

History

Source title

The conversation

Pagination

1-1

Language

eng

Publication classification

X Not reportable, M Media article

Copyright notice

2016, Conversation Media Group

Publisher

Conversation Media Group

Place of publication

Parkville, Vic.