About Us

Who does the Sexual Behaviours Team help?

We help children and youth up to age 18 with sexual behaviour problems. Children and youth develop in many ways, but lots of things might affect a child’s/youth’s sexual development, leading to some concerning sexual behaviour. For example, sexual behaviours become a problem if they are harmful to the child/youth or others, occur between children/youth of very different ages or developmental levels, or take the place of typical childhood activities. We believe that concerning sexual behaviour can serve a number of functions for children and youth, so understanding the behaviour and how and why it is occurring is important. If these behaviours can’t be managed or redirected by caregivers’ typical strategies, the child/youth may need the help of our team.

What causes sexual behaviour problems?

Many things could lead to sexual behaviour problems, including: 

  • History of trauma or abuse
  • Poor social skills
  • Mental health issues
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Learning about or being exposed to adult sexual behaviour at a very young age or developmental level

It can be very upsetting to find your child involved in problem sexual behaviour, and it can be hard to talk about it. It is very important to deal with sexual behaviour problems because they can impact all areas of the child or youth's life, such as school, family relations, and safety.

We don't provide services to children or youth who are involved in a legal investigation about sexually related matters until the investigation is over. 

What does the Sexual Behaviours Team do?

Our team's goal is to understand your child's problem sexual behaviour and find ways to make sure that they and others are safe.

We will talk to you, your child and your community supports to understand the reasons for the behaviour. Our team will consult with the child/youth, caregivers and community partners to come up with a treatment and safety plan.

We will talk to you and your child about what we have learned and what we think are the next steps. We will also try to link you to services in your home community so your child can get the help they need closer to home.

We also provide healthy sexuality resources and education presentations for community supports like group homes, schools, and children's mental health agencies.

Where does this happen?

Our services take place at CPRI in London and in the community.

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