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This factsheet helps you understand how problematic and harmful sexual behaviour (PHSB) is defined, and why some behaviours are considered developmentally appropriate while others are deemed concerning or very concerning.
What is problematic and harmful sexual behaviour? (PDF, 3.2 MB)
Sexual behaviours are a part of normal childhood development, with kids displaying their emerging sexuality in a range of ways. It's useful to understand age appropriate sexual behaviours, so those that are concerning can be identified.
Age appropriate sexual behaviours (PDF, 2.1 MB)
The majority of kids will, at some point, view pornography by accident or on purpose. This factsheet helps you understand how and why kids view pornography, and how to respond effectively.
Pornography and kids (PDF, 2.4 MB)
All kids in out-of-home care benefit from skill building. The development of skills also increases protective factors that can prevent PHSB from occurring.
It can be difficult to know how to respond when PHSB emerges. Knowing what to do, and being aware of your role, helps ensure that kids receive appropriate supports.
Responding to harmful sexual behaviour (carer) (PDF, 2.1 MB)
17 Jan 2024