Harmful Sexual Behaviours by Children

Moodie, Kristina (2021) Harmful Sexual Behaviours by Children. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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Research in 2017 identified a 5% increase in recorded sexual offending in Scotland and indicated this increase was linked to a growth in online sexual offending and was involving younger children, with a large proportion of harmful sexual behaviour towards children being carried out by children1 . This led to an Expert Group being created by the Scottish Government. The purpose of this Group was to consider the evidence, review current responses and consider potential actions to prevent and respond to these behaviours. This Expert Group on Preventing Sexual Offending by Children and Young People published a report in January 2020 called Prevention of and Responses to Harmful Sexual Behaviour by Children and Young People2 . One of the proposals made within this report was to commission further research examining the impact of childhood experiences as potential causes or links to harmful sexual behaviour in Scotland.