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Lesley-anne Ey, Senior Lecturer and Researcher, University of South Australia, SA, Australia

Understanding and Responding to Children's Harmful Sexual Behaviour in Education Settings

Tuesday 26 July 2022 7-8pm AEST

Lesley-anne Ey

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Australian research has established that children's Problem Sexual Behaviour is of concern. Children who have experienced unwanted sexual contact by another child can experience similar impacts and trauma outcomes as those who have been sexually abused by an adult. Children who display PSB have higher levels of depression and anxiety, disruptive behaviour problems, behavioural disorders, developmental delay and learning disorders. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found a considerable proportion of sexually abusive incidents in institutions were instigated by children or young people. Further, they concluded that educational settings were the primary institution in which PSBs were displayed and critical sites for detection and response to PSBs.
Schools are increasingly charged with the responsibility of addressing complex social problems faced by children and adolescents and have a responsibility to support the safety and wellbeing of all children in their care. Primary school teachers report observing PSB in children in Australian schools. They also reported feeling ill equipped to respond to the needs of children with severe or persistent PSB while also ensuring the safety of other students. This webinar will explore teachers understanding and experiences with PSB, and address their needs to manage behaviours, support children and employ preventative education.

AITSL Standards Addressed:
4.3 Manage challenging behaviour Demonstrate knowledge of practical approaches to manage challenging behaviour.
4.4 Maintain student safety Describe strategies that support students' wellbeing and safety working within school and/or system, curriculum and legislative requirements
4.5 Use ICT safely, responsibly and ethically Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching
7.3 Engage with the parents/carers Understand strategies for working effectively, sensitively and confidentially with parents/carers
7.4 Engage with professional teaching networks and broader communities Understand the role of external professionals and community representatives in broadening teachers' professional knowledge and practice.

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