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Harmful sexual behaviour and young people with additional support needs

We have two interconnected events planned for early 2019 on the subject of harmful sexual behaviour and young people with additional support needs, and exploring inclusive strategies for prevention and early intervention. These are being organised in partnership between SOLD, the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice, and the Scottish Transitions Forum.

Staying Safe: Exploring the needs of young people with additional support needs who experience or present with Harmful Sexual Behaviour and their families.

Monday 4th February 2019, Norton Park Conference Centre, Edinburgh


Prevention, Intervention & Inclusion: Harmful Sexual Behaviour and young people with additional support needs

Wednesday 3rd April 2019, Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

While there is a lot of good work being done to develop new and effective ways to intervene with young people who exhibit signs of HSB, and to protect people from harm, this work is largely focused on young people in the general population. It is therefore important to ensure that young people with learning disabilities; autism; speech, language and communication needs; and/or other additional support needs are not unfairly disadvantaged or excluded, and that they have equal opportunity to benefit from preventative approaches and early intervention.

The event on 3rd April, “Prevention, Intervention & Inclusion: Harmful Sexual Behaviour and young people with additional support needs” will aim to develop a better understanding of HSB in this context and explore the ways in which preventative and early intervention approaches should be adapted to meet the needs of young people with additional support needs.

It will also build on the insights gained from a consultation event, Staying Safe: Exploring the needs of young people with additional support needs who experience or present with Harmful Sexual Behaviour and their families, to be held on February 4, 2019, into the experiences and needs of young people with additional support needs who present with HSB and their families.

Staying Safe: Exploring the needs of young people with additional support needs who experience or present with Harmful Sexual Behaviour and their families, Monday 4th February 2019, Norton Park Conference Centre, Edinburgh

Further information on February Event (pdf)

Prevention, Intervention & Inclusion: Harmful Sexual Behaviour and young people with additional support needs, Wednesday 3rd April 2019, Insight Institute, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Further information April Event (pdf)