Responding to sexual behaviour in children and young people

Identify Understand Respond

Understand and apply Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives

When children demonstrate sexual behaviours, it can be difficult to know whether it is a normal and healthy aspect of development or if it is something to be concerned about.

This practical course will facilitate the appropriate identification and response to a broad range of sexual behaviours in children and young people, ranging from behaviours that are normal and age appropriate to those that are problematic and signal the need for follow up and support.

Course content

The way adults interpret sexual behaviours affects how they respond to, support and protect children and young people. This training will help participants to:

  • understand sexual development as a normal aspect of childhood and adolescence
  • use the Traffic Lights® framework to understand and identify the characteristics of healthy sexual behaviours as well as those which are concerning, problematic or harmful
  • incorporate practical strategies for promoting healthy sexual development within their workplace

Who is it for?

Professionals working with children and/or young people across a range of settings including:

  • Teachers
  • Schools
  • Early childhood
  • Youth and community workers
  • Health professionals
  • Disability sector

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate expertise in understanding healthy sexual development and sexual behaviours and apply the Traffic Lights® Framework to an extensive range of sexual behaviours displayed by children and young people 
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of best practice approaches to responding to sexual risk, sexual abuse disclosure or signs of sexual abuse
  • Demonstrate a strong understanding of the needs of minority youth with regards to sexuality and gender identity, and the unique barriers that they face
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify risks through an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships are available for this course. Please download an application form here and submit at least 10 weeks prior to the course date.


Cost $200
Length 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Delivery Method Face-to-face
Catering Morning tea, lunch, & afternoon tea
7 August 2018
True, Windsor True, Windsor Brisbane
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