Harmful Sexual Behaviour

Cost - Cost - £99+VAT for members, £149+VAT for non-members

In June 2021 Ofsted released the Review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) . The review found that sexual harassment and online sexual abuse in schools ‘are so commonplace that [victims] see no point in reporting them’. 

In our roles working alongside children, young people, parents, and carers we often talk about behaviours, seeing them as a form of communication. Yet, when it comes to sexual behaviours this is not always spoken of quite so easily. We might find it difficult, embarrassing even, to talk about sex; concerned about what to say, how to say it and whether we are doing the right thing.  

This course is designed to help those who work alongside children and families to feel more knowledgeable and confident in having these discussions and to respond appropriately to concerns of harmful sexual behaviours.  


Philip Baines from the Marie Collins Foundation

Philip joined Marie Collins Foundation as a consultant in March 2022 following a 30-year career as a police detective. The last 14 years of his service were in the Child Abuse Investigation Unit covering Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

During his police career, Philip also became a qualified trainer. For two years, he was the Thames Valley Police lead trainer in delivering courses to police and local authorities on how to investigate child abuse and to protect vulnerable people.

Philip designed and delivered the TVP ‘Specialist Child Abuse Investigative Development Programme’ (SCAIDP) to police forces throughout the south of the country.

Aims and objectives:

  • Improve professionals’ practical knowledge of Harmful Sexual Behaviours (HSB) and increase confidence in dealing with HSB.
  • Distinguish between developmentally typical sexual behaviour and sexual behaviour that is inappropriate, problematic, or abusive and know when and what action and intervention is required.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the prevalence of Harmful Sexual Behaviours (HSB)
  • Highlight the increasing role of technology in HSB.
  • Better understanding and response to the complexities of Technology-Assisted Child Sexual Abuse (TACSA)
  • Show the impact professional, personal and unconscious biases have when responding to HSB.
  • Recognise and identify the impact of HSB on all people around the child including families and practitioners.
  • Develop confidence in responding to young people exhibiting HSB including how we accurately document and record incidents.
  • By using the assessment tools available, create and understand a safety and intervention plan.

What you need to know to attend:

 The course will be delivered over Zoom in one session.

The date for the current course is:

  • 7th March 2024 - 09:30 - 15:30


Date Instructor Venue
7th Mar, 2024 - 09:15 Philip Baines zoom Fully Booked
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