Normal sexual behaviour in children
As children get older, the way they express their sexual feelings changes. This is a normal part of childhood development. There are four stages to normal sexual behaviour in childhood development. It important to understand that children develop at different rates and not all children will be in the correct stage for their age. Some children mature sooner or later than others.
Stage 1: 0-4 years
Stage 2: 5-9 years
Stage 3: 10-12 years
Stage 4: 13-16 years
While these stages show healthy sexualised behaviour for particular age groups, some children may start to show behaviour that is not normal for their age. Some children may start to show signs of harmful sexualised behaviour
Harmful sexualised Behaviour in Children
Some children may start to develop outside of the normal sexualised behaviour stages. While some children can mature sooner than others, it is important to be aware that some children may be developing harmful sexualised behaviour. Children who develop harmful Sexualised behaviour may have experienced abuse or trauma including sexual abuse, domestic violence, or family breakdown.
According to brook traffic light system, harmful sexualised behaviour for each age group includes:
Stage 1: 0-5 years
Stage 3: 9-13 years
Stage 4: 13-17 years
If you are concern about a child's sexual behaviour, you can:
Read more on harmful sexualised behaviour on NSPCC or Brook websites.
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