Child Sexual Abuse
Tackling Child Sexual Abuse is one of the key priorities for the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board. The following links provide useful information and resources for schools
• NSPCC Pants Resources for schools including resources and lesson notes. Materials include template letters to parents as well as resources for children with learning disabilities, deaf children and children with autism.
• Thames Valley Police Tea and Consent Resources for work with older children and adults which focusses on consent and sex.
Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB)
Recent NSPCC research and emerging data from the NSCB and Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary highlights the scale of Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) in children and young people and the patchy, uncoordinated response to addressing it. The following links provide advice and guidance for all professionals.
• Brooks Traffic Light Tool is endorsed by the NSCB to help professionals and parents alike understand what is normal sexual development and behaviour in children.
Child Sexual Exploitation
Evidence from the audit of school safeguarding practice indicates that some schools feel less confident about staff knowledge of child sexual exploitation. In response to this finding, the guidance on this area has been updated and a staff briefing has been devised in order to support schools to raise awareness of this issue.
The Department for Education has published guidance for professionals on child sexual exploitation. This includes a definition of child sexual exploitation, potential vulnerabilities, indicators of abuse and appropriate action to take in response. Advice for schools includes the need for early, age appropriate education about the risks of child sexual exploitation and the use of PHSE lessons, pastoral services and school nurses to highlight awareness of the topic.