Children and Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems

You can help a child who has sexual behavior problems 

If you know a child and youth who demonstrates sexual behavior problems, you can help them to learn new healthy and safe behaviors. It's important for parents and other caregiving adults to act promptly to address a young person's sexual behaviors.  Treatment providers who specialize in children's sexual behaviors can help both the child and the family address and change at-risk behaviors, as well as design safety plans to help the family maintain a safe environment.

Children and youth engage in sexual problem behaviors for often very different reasons than adult offenders. Behaviors that are sexual and harmful in youth may be a result of other issues such as impulsivity, social skill deficits, family trama, etc.  Qualified youth treatment provider can make assessments to help determine the nature of the behavior.  

Besides looking for specialists in children's sexual behaviors, it is important to look for youth treatment providers that are:
• Accessible
• Affordable (accepted by guardian's insurance if applicable)
• Understands child/adolescent development
• Experienced in working with families
• Reputable

Treatment for children and youth is dependent on family involvment and committment. With education, support and treatment, children and youth can learn new behaviors that are healthy and safe. It's important to get children and youth  professional treatment and help.

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Many parents also find help and guidance in  PARENTtalk, a previous Stop It Now! publication for parents who share the experience of parenting a child with sexual problem behaviors.