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Building a knowledge frame for responding to the needs of children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour

  • Harmful sexual behaviours

Project Team

Associate Professor Dominiek Coates

Cyra Fernandes

Dr Natalia Krzyzaniak

Alexandra Shriane

Dr Joe Tucci

Background and Aim

Funded by the National Office for Child Safety (NOCS), this study will contribute to the development of a theory or framework to prevent and respond to children with harmful sexual behaviours (HSB), that includes:

  • an understanding of the diversity of children and young people with HSB
  • emerging good or new practice for responding to and supporting children with HSB to inform future pilot and evaluation programs
  • an understanding of how best to tailor assessment tools, therapeutic interventions and clinical frameworks to meet the needs of all children and young people with HSB.

Methods

Since there is currently no existing theory or framework to prevent and respond to children with HSB, this study adopts exploratory and discovery-oriented approaches to develop a framework from ‘the ground up’.

Data collection and analysis phases will include:

  • service mapping
  • approximately 40 key informant interviews
  • a targeted systematic literature review.
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