Sibling sexual abuse: Home is where the harm is?

10/11/2022 09:45 - 10:45

Sibling sexual abuse is a significant social problem and ‘the most common form of child sexual abuse in our homes’. However, public and professional awareness of this issue is limited, and many front-line practitioners feel ill-equipped to understand and respond to it.

In this workshop, NSPCC’s National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service will propose a model for working with sibling sexual abuse based on clinical experience, theory and evidence. The presenters will identify key principles that frontline professionals should adopt in responding to, making sense of and addressing problematic and harmful sibling sexual behaviour. They will also outline their unique parent/carer programme ‘Safe home’ and the key findings from a recently completed evaluation of Safe Home by Liverpool John Moore’s University.

Join this session to:

  • Build your knowledge and confidence in understanding and responding to concerns about sibling sexual harm.
  • Critically reflect on professional practice in this area – what are we getting right and what should we do differently?
  • Apply learning from an evaluated harmful sexual behaviour parent programme to your consideration of what families need when sibling sexual harm emerges.


This workshop is hosted by the NSPCC


Bex Darby, team manager, National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS), NSPCC

Dr Oliver Eastman, consultant clinical psychologist, National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS), NSPCC