Harmful sexual behaviours safety plan – Practice tool

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Jul 2024

This practice tool provides an accompaniment to the practice guide Responding to children and young people living in out-of-home care who engage in harmful sexual behaviour as a guide to creating safety plans for young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour. The fillable .pdf file has a checklist for creating safety plans in your own organisation, a fillable template to use with a young person you work with, and an example safety plan to use as a case study reference.

About safety planning

Safety planning is a critical step in helping children and young people who engage in harmful sexual behaviour to modify their behaviour and manage associated risks towards others around them.

As part of the safety planning process, it is important to engage the young person in open discussions that are centred on accountability, clear responses to risk and the ongoing need to meet the emotional needs of the child or young person. 

Balancing safety and opportunities to develop prosocial skills

Safety plans should be fit-for-purpose, taking into account the context in which the behaviours occurred. There should be a balance achieved between ensuring that risks are identified and addressed with the need to ensure that the child or young person can engage in day-to-day activities that are positive, relational and promote optimism.

Overly restrictive safety plans which limit the child or young person’s capacity for safe community engagement and peer relationships will not serve to improve long-term outcomes.

 

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