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Publication details for Professor Simon Hackett

Hackett, S. (2016). Exploring the relationship between neglect and harmful sexual behaviours in children and young people: Evidence Scope 3. Dartington, Research in Practice.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

This evidence scope explores the potential associations
between a background of child neglect and children and
young people who display harmful sexual behaviours
(HSB). For the purpose of this scope, HSB is defined as:
Sexual behaviours expressed by children and young people
under the age of 18 years old that are developmentally
inappropriate, may be harmful towards self or others and/
or be abusive towards another child, young person or adult.
(Hackett, Holmes and Branigan, 2015)
This scope is the third of three linked evidence scopes
commissioned by Action for Children and the National
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)
with Research in Practice.
> Scope 1 considers the potential relationship
between neglect and child sexual exploitation
(CSE) (Hanson, 2016).
> Scope 2 explores the relationship between neglect
and adult-perpetrated intra-familial child sexual
abuse (IFCSA) (Allnock, 2016).
So while the first two scopes deal primarily with children
and young people as victims of differing types of sexual
abuse, this review is specifically concerned with the
challenging area of children and young people who
harm or victimise others as a consequence of their sexual
behaviours.

Notes

Study commissioned by Action for Children and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC)