Sexual Health in Young Children
Sexual development is one part of total child development. Health professionals frequently get questions from parents concerning children’s sexual behaviour – especially masturbation and sex play. Children are curious about their bodies and sexuality, and many behaviours are natural and healthy . However problematic sexual behaviour could be an indicator of sexual abuse.
Please visit the links on this page for guidance regarding normal sexual behaviour by age, versus behaviours that could be indicators of sexual abuse.
Studies have demonstrated that at least 80% of sexual abuse perpetrators are known to, and trusted by the child. All professionals suspecting child abuse have a legal responsibility to contact their local Children’s Aid Society (CAS).
Last modified on Apr 07, 2016