Staying Safe: Exploring the needs of young people with additional support needs who experience or present with Harmful Sexual Behaviour and their families
This is a joint event organised in partnership with Supporting Offenders with Learning Disabilities (SOLD) Network, the Centre for Youth & Criminal Justice (CYCJ), and the Scottish Transitions Forum.
There is a lot of good work being done to intervene effectively with young people who exhibit signs of Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB). However, this work is largely focused on the general population. It is important therefore to ensure that young people with young people with learning disabilities; autism; speech, language and communication needs; and/or other additional support needs are not unfairly disadvantaged or excluded, and that they have equal opportunity to benefit from early intervention.
The purpose of this event is to engage with professionals, families and young people with lived experience of these issues, and to gain insight into how it feels for them to be struggling with these behaviours, what supports they felt they needed but couldn’t get, what motivates HSB in young people with LD and/or ASD, and examples of positive interventions or support.
The findings from this event will inform a follow-up conference on April 3rd which will explore the ways in which preventative and early intervention approaches should be adapted to meet the needs of young people with additional support needs. More details on this event can be found here:
The event will run from 10am (registration from 9.30am) until 3.30pm.
Welcome and introduction
What is Harmful Sexual Behaviour? Carole Murphy, CYCJ
Why might Harmful Sexual Behaviour be different for young people with learning disabilities; autism; speech, language and communication needs; and/or other additional support needs? Speaker TBC
Lived experiences: A range of speakers will share either their own experience, or an example/case study from their work.
Roundtable facilitated discussions exploring barriers and challenges to accessing appropriate support, positive interventions
Reflection and next steps
Please note the programme may be subject to change
Norton Park Conference Centre
57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom