Stakeholders exchange knowledge and perspective
In 2012, Germany established a Federal Working Group on children with harmful sexual behaviour. The working group brings together stakeholders from different fields to exchange knowledge and perspective on issues related to children with harmful sexual behaviour. The working group has more than 120 members, consisting of individuals and organisations.
Creating a better understanding of children with harmful sexual behaviour
The working group engages in various activities to increase the understanding of children with harmful sexual behaviour, including promoting research, supporting youth welfare offices and organisations, collaborating with policymakers, organising events, and providing stakeholders with pertinent resources.
The working group is also supporting various types of awareness-raising activities about children with harmful behaviour. All children and caregivers should be able to seek help without fear of sexual stigmatisation. To this end, the working group organises campaigns and educational materials and works with schools.
The main objectives of the working group
The working group aims towards the following objectives:
1. Facilitate dissemination among professionals working with children displaying harmful sexual behaviour;
2. Develop quality standards for working with the target group;
3. Working towards more nuanced legislation and societal understanding of children with harmful sexual behaviour;
4. Promote knowledge of the target group across the country.