This traffic light tool helps professionals categorise children’s sexual behaviors as green (healthy), amber (concerning), or red (harmful) across four age bands. It includes extensive examples of behaviors in each category.
Green behaviors reflect healthy exploration and can prompt positive feedback. Amber signals gathering more information to determine appropriate action. Red indicates potential abuse requiring immediate intervention.
The guide emphasises considering behaviors in context, being aware of personal biases, and responding consistently regardless of gender or sexual orientation. It notes behaviors are not inherently concerning because of children’s gender or sexuality. Potential risks, harm, distress, or developmental differences determine categorisation. The tool aims to help professionals identify, assess, and respond to sexual behaviors, promoting children’s welfare. Overall, it provides a framework for safeguarding children while respecting healthy development.
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