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NICE issues guidance on inappropriate sexual behaviour in children

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5077 (Published 20 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5077
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

The display of inappropriate sexual behaviour by children and young people must be tackled and not ignored, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says in a new guideline on harmful sexual behaviour.1

While many young people who engage in sexual discussions or acts that are inappropriate for their age or development will grow out of these behaviours, evidence shows that early opportunities to recognise and deal with them were missed in some cases of the small number of young people who commit sexual …

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