Sibling Harmful Sexual Behaviour and Restorative Approaches

The course is aimed at HSB caseworkers, Victim Support Workers and those in Restorative Services who may be considering taking on cases of Sibling Harmful Sexual Behaviours.

This course is run by the AIM Project.

Audience: The course is aimed at HSB caseworkers, victim support workers and those in restorative services who may be considering taking on cases of sibling harmful sexual behaviours.

Why? Adolescent harmful sexual behaviour frequently occurs in a close relational context and very often that relationship is one between siblings. To address issues arising from sibling HSB the AIM project has developed this two-day course for professionals in youth justice, social care and those working in therapeutic fields.

Course aims: This course considers and explores the characteristics of sibling HSB and seeks to improve professionals’ confidence and ability to respond therapeutically to these situations. Day 1 will consider messages from research, exploring the prevalence, impact and relational consequences of HSB. With the assistance of case studies the treatment approaches available will be described including the usefulness of a restorative justice approach. Day 2 will focus upon the potential application of restorative approaches to assist in family reunification. Both days will highlight the importance of inter-agency and multi-disciplinary work.


Course objectives:
• To provide information from research and practice about the prevalence and characteristics of sibling harmful sexual behaviour
• To identify the family context where sibling harmful sexual behaviour is more likely to occur
• To discuss the responses to disclosures of sibling harmful sexual behaviour with particular reference to denial and minimisation
• To explore the impact of sibling harmful sexual behaviour on the victim, perpetrator and family relationships
• To explore safety issues that arise in these families
• With the assistance of case studies to explore the treatment approaches
• To explore the potential for restorative approaches and consider what these might look like
• To consider the use of assessment approaches to determine suitability and inform preparation for a restorative approach
• To share practice examples where this approach has proved safe and positive

For further details and to book, please visit the AIM website:

6 Mar 2019 9:00am   through   7 Mar 2019 4:30pm
Audacious Church
Trinity Way
Salford, M3 7BD