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Warwickshire County Council
Warwickshire County Council

Sexualised Inappropriate Behaviours Service (SIBS)

SIBS provides direct services, resources, research and consultation and training for therapeutic work with children and young people who have sexual behaviour difficulties, or who have difficulties arising from the sexual behaviour of others.

Its aims are the protection of known and potential victims from the harms caused by sexual (and other forms of) abuse.

SIBS is a countywide People Group Services provision in Warwickshire.

The service emphasises a person-centred approach, in an anti-oppressive framework of children and young people's rights.

Many children and young people with sexual behaviour difficulties are themselves vulnerable and have quite complex needs. Therefore intervention must challenge the inappropriate sexual behaviours but also provide a high level of support and guidance to address the many issues in the children or young people's lives.

Aims:

  • to protect known and potential victims from the harms caused by sexual (and other forms of) abuse;
  • to reduce the risks presented by children and young people with sexual behaviour difficulties;
  • to improve the well-being of children and young people with sexual behaviour difficulties, so that they can meet their needs appropriately;
  • to improve the well-being of children and young people who have difficulties because of the sexual behaviour of others; and
  • to enhance the ability of practitioners in this field to fully meet the needs of these children and young people.

SIBS provides:

  • direct therapeutic work with children and young people who have initiated harmful or inappropriate sexual behaviours;
  • direct therapeutic work with children and young people who have been sexually abused;
  • sex and relationships work with children and young people who have worries or difficulties in understanding their own sexual behaviour or sexual development - including issues around sexuality;
  • consultation and guidance for assessment and support of families (including foster care) in managing these children and young people;
  • consultation and advice in assessing and supporting families in keeping children safe, where there are known sexual risks from adults;
  • consultation, advice and support for practitioners working in these areas of practice;
  • development and provision of specialist training courses in all these areas of practice;
  • policy and development work - protocols; procedures; guidelines; practice agreements; placement agreements;

What is inappropriate sexual behaviour?

Inappropriate sexual behaviour can be considered as:

  • Initiated sexual behaviour which is inappropriate for a child's age and development

and/or

  • Initiated sexual behaviour which is inappropriate in its context. For example, behaviour which is considered acceptable in privacy occurring in non-private circumstances

and/or

  • An initiated sexual act committed:
    • Against a person's will;
    • Without informed consent and/or
    • In an aggressive, exploitative or threatening manner.