4. Managing problematic sexual behaviour

If any of the school staff suspects a pupil of displaying problematic or harmful sexual behaviour, they should bring this to someone’s attention right away. The concerns often begin with vague gut feelings and uncertainty about the violating behaviour. Discuss your worries with professionals as early as possible, so the correct measures can be speedily implemented at the school.

This way the school can investigate, observe and assess the situation to ensure the behaviour does not continue or escalate. While this is important, keep in mind that the goal is to help the child or young person have a healthy sexual behaviour.

In this chapter you will learn about “the Tolerance Window” and the part it plays during conversations with children about difficult subjects, professional advice on how to manage different problems, and be referred to several sources of information on the subjects.