Barnardo's compiles the findings of a parliamentary report examining the support and sanctions for children who display harmful sexual behavior (HSB). This report stresses that children who display HSB should always be regarded as children first and foremost. A series of recommendations ensue from this research which are intended for a range of audiences: governments, schools, and primary care givers alike. Technological advances while in themselves neutral can nonetheless pose a new set of risks to children and can facilitate sexual exploitation. Teachers, families and most importantly children themselves need to be aware of such dangers.This requires that the 'taboo' character of discussing sexual violence is dispensed with and children are able to speak freely about their experiences. At the same time, this report gives attention to a long overdue topic in child protection: the issue of how to respond to and support children who are not only victims of sexual abuse but also engage in harmful sexual behaviors either towards themselves or others.
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