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AASW Webinar Recording | Responding to young people who display harmful sexual behaviour

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 1.5 hours
CPD Category: 2 - Skills and Knowledge

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Organiser: AASW


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Watch the 1.5 hour recording of AASW's Responding to young people who display harmful sexual behaviour webinar.

Child sexual abuse impacts many families that social workers support. Often, we assume that the sexual abuse of a child is caused by another adult. However, research indicates that between 30-60% of child sexual abuse is caused by a young person. The terminology commonly used to describe this is harmful sexual behaviour.

The young people who display this behaviour are varied and diverse, so too are their families. The harmful sexual behaviour itself is also varied; it can range from a one-off incident to highly intrusive violent incidents that may last many years.

How we respond to harmful sexual behaviours is a crucial element of ceasing the behaviour. In recent years evidence-based practice principles have been established to underpin treatment programs, clinical practice and specific approaches used by professionals. However, these practice principles are not only important for experts providing treatment, but also for those professionals who support children, young people, and families when harmful sexual behaviour has occurred.

This recording provides introductory information for those who wish to understand harmful sexual behaviour and provides some useful strategies to those who support children, young people, families and communities when harmful sexual behaviour has occurred.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse identified nine practice principles that should be considered when responding to harmful sexual behaviours. This recording explains these principles and elaborates on those that are most relevant to social work practice.

Who should register? Practitioners who work with children and young people who wish to develop their skills and knowledge around harmful sexual behaviours.

1.5 hours of CPD activity: Category 2, skills and knowledge
AASW Credentials: Child Protection; School (coming soon)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand factors that may contribute to harmful sexual behaviours in children and young people.
  • Understand the key practice principals for treating young people who have displayed harmful sexual behaviours.
  • Evaluate how specific aspects of best practice principles may apply to their social work practice.
  • Implement skills to effectively respond to harmful sexual behaviour in the context of their practice.


David Stracey

David Stracey is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with a Master of Social Work majoring in Forensic behaviour. He is passionate about supporting children, young people, adults and families. David’s work has predominately focused on treating and supporting individuals who have displayed harmful and illegal sexual behaviours. Alongside this work David supports children and families who have been impacted by sexual abuse.

David has worked in a variety of Government and Non-Government organisations across Australia, starting his career in Melbourne and then working in remote Northern Territory, regional New South Wales; he spent some time at the Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse. David is now based in Brisbane; he has a small private practice and works at the Mater Hospital where he is the coordinator of a program that provides training and support to agencies across Queensland who provide counselling for young people who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour.

Method of delivery

Once you have registered for this recording, all online content is available to view at your convenience via the AASW online on-demand training platform.

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Subtitles are available.


The webinar recording duration is 1.5 hours.


This recording can be claimed for CPD purposes, consistent with the CPD Goals and Hours Requirements.

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