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The Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool complements organisational safeguarding procedures by supporting professionals working with children and young people to identify, understand and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours.

Using the Tool supports you to:

  • Identify behaviour and establish if sexual behaviour is typical or developmentally appropriate, problematic or harmful.
  • Understand what that behaviour is communicating and why the child or young person may be exhibiting the behaviour.
  • Respond appropriately, considering how the type of response will depend on what’s motivating the behaviour, what the behaviour is communicating and the severity of the behaviour.

The Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool from Brook provides characteristics and examples of green, orange and red light behaviours, broken down by five age groups within 0-18 years.

When using the tool, it is important to take into account the developmental age and ability level of the child or young person (and others involved) as well as the location, frequency and nature of the behaviour.

The original Traffic Light Tool is owned by the Australian organisation True Relationships & Reproductive Health and has been licensed and adapted for use in the UK by Brook.

Please note: The Traffic Light Tool and training has undergone extensive review and development in 2020. Brook no longer supports this or previous versions of the Tool

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