South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

Articles about “Child Development”

101 Phrases of praise

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

A page filled with positive phrases and words.

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Age appropriate sexual behaviour in children and young people

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

This booklet is for professionals or carers who work with children about differences between sexual behaviour that is part of the normal growing up process, and sexual behaviours that are concerning.

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Child & adolescent sexuality

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Teachers, Workers, Young People

Some and probably all children are capable of what appear to be sexual responses even in earliest years. Most infants probably explore and fondle their own genitals, but not in a goal directed way. As a child grows, masturbation to orgasm becomes more and more likely.

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Child development and trauma guide

For Teachers

This guide has been prepared because of the importance of professionals in the Family Services, Child Protection and Placement and Support areas understanding the typical developmental pathways of children and the typical indicators of trauma at differing ages and stages.

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Child sexual development

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers, Young People

An exploration of what are the customary stages of sex play and what behaviuors are of concern.

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Children and trauma

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers, Young People

Children may experience psychological reactions to a traumatic incident. They react to frightening events in many different ways and there is no typical or “normal” reaction. Younger children in particular may find it very hard to understand what has happened to them, their parents or siblings.

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Children with concerning and/or harmful sexual behaviours - Information for parents & caregivers

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

As children grow from babies to adults, they go through different stages. In each stage, the way they feel about their own and other peoples bodies changes.

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Children with concerning and/or harmful sexual behaviours - Supervision & safety planning

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

Whilst we take the position that the young person who has displayed harmful sexual behaviour is responsible for their own actions, we recognise that working with that young person to take responsibility for their own and others’ safety can take time.

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Childrens behaviour and sexual assault

For Family & Friends

A booklet for parents of children who have been sexually assaulted. It discusses your child's behaviour and what might be related to the sexual assault.

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Coping with disaster and trauma: children’s reactions

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

Children may experience psychological reactions to a traumatic incident. They react to frightening events in many different ways and there is no typical or “normal” reaction. Younger children in particular may find it very hard to understand what has happened to them, their parents or siblings.

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How children cope with the pain of sexual assault

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Teachers, Workers

Simplistically stated, to survive a child has to develop psychological defense mechanisms. These defense mechanisms help them survive during the abuse, and in maintaining a balance between feeling and expressing stored pain and continuing to function in daily life. The three major defenses commonly used are:

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How do children tell? The disclosure process in child abuse

For Workers

This study sets out to shed additional light on patterns of disclosure in child sexual abuse.

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Respect me. Don't sext me

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers, Young People

The "Respect me. Don't sext me" sexting education pack is designed for Australian schools to deliver to 11 - 14 year olds.  The pack is available on these pages as downloads or available to order.

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Some secrets should never be kept

For Family & Friends, Young People

Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept by Jayneen Sanders is a beautifully illustrated picture book that sensitively broaches the subject of keeping our children safe from sexual interference.  It is suitable for 3 - 12 year olds.

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Talking to your child about pornography

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

Children entering puberty and adolescence may be curious about sex and sexuality. They may hear things in the playground and they might want to know more – but asking mum or dad can be embarrassing, so they turn to online information, which can include pornography.

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What are the effects of child sexual assault?

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Students, Teachers, Workers, Young People

Child sexual assault can have a number of effects, both physical and psychological, that last both in the short and longer term. Early identification and effective intervention can ameliorate the initial effects and long-term consequences of child sexual abuse and promote the recovery of victims.

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What to do if a child discloses to you

For Family & Friends, Teachers

Help sheets on how to assist a child who has disclosed to you that they have been sexually assaulted.

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