Harmful sexual behaviours in children and young people


Event type Half Day

Mercure Georgian House Hotel, Manchester Rd, Blackrod, Bolton BL6 5RU

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There have been growing levels of awareness by professionals of harmful sexual behaviours among children and young people. This half-day conference will focus on assessment and interventions in harmful sexual behaviours and also look at links with the digital world.

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About the day
Key takeaways
About the talks
Who should attend
About the speakers
Prices and booking
How to get here

About the day

The ACAMH Northwest branch presents this half day conference on sexually harmful behaviours in children and young people. This event is aimed at those who work with or have an interest in harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people, both in clinical and non-clinical roles. The conference will offer attendees opportunities to hear from expert speakers who provide services locally in this field. This half day will also be an opportunity for discussion on the topic.

Key takeaways

  • Provide delegate with an overview of sexually harmful behaviours in children and young people
  • Create framework of understanding of assessment and interventions in sexually harmful behaviours.
  • Equip delegate to identify and deal with technology assisted sexually harmful behaviours

About the talks

Information on the talks will be provided as soon as we have more information.

Who should attend

This day would be particularly beneficial to those who work in both a clinical and non-clinical setting such as; Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists and Psychologists, Speciality Doctors, Clinical leads, Nurse Practitioners, Educational Psychologists, Social Workers, Sexual Health and Wellbeing Workers, and those that work with children and young people affected with mental health issues and the topic in hand.

This particular event is not aimed at parents.

About the speakers

Dr Helen Griffin
BA (Hons) Social Science, PA Dip, NVQ4, Foren.Psy.D, CPsychol.

Helen is a Senior Practitioner and Head of Research with G-map. She is a Chartered Forensic Psychologist, and a member of the Division of Forensic Psychology, and holds a BPS approved certificate in Trauma Treatments.  Helen is registered with the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).  She is one of the authors of the AIM2 assessment tool, for use with young people who display sexually harmful behaviour.  In addition to undertaking direct assessments and therapeutic work with young people, Helen has provided consultation and liaison to carers and professionals.  Helen is also responsible for psychometric testing at G-map and for research that G-map have been involved in to further develop this area. Prior to joining G-map in January 2006, Helen’s work experience included working with socially excluded young people, youth work and research completed for the Youth Justice Trust and Youth Justice Board. Helen has published articles and book chapters around this field of work and has peer-reviewed articles.

Jennifer Allotey

Jennifer is the clinical lead for the harmful sexual behaviour pathway at FCAMHS delivering an in-reach consultation, assessment and intervention service into HMYOI Wetherby and Adel Beck Secure Children’s Home. Jennifer has recently co-authored ‘Technology Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour Practice Guidance’ for the AIM Project and NSPCC. Twitter @jenallotey

John Hicklin

John has been working in adolescent forensic services for the past 20 years. He is a registered mental health nurse with experience of working across adult and children’s forensic services. He has an MSc with merit in Child and Adolescent Mental Health with a research focus on HSB assessment.

Dr. Shermin Imran

Dr. Shermin Imran is a child and adolescent psychiatrist currently working in and leading the Forensic CAMHS outreach service for the North West. She has over 10 years’ experience of working in the Tier 4 services for adolescents in Manchester, is a clinical lead for GMMH CAMHS services, and an elected member of the NHSE CAMHS Clinical Reference group.

Prices and Booking

  • Publications/Digital member rate: £49
  • Platinum member: £69
  • Gold member: £79
  • Silver/Bronze member: £89
  • Non-member: £99

Ways to book;

  • Online via the button at the top of the page, or
  • Complete and return this booking form by email or post.
  • If you want to be invoiced we must have a Purchase Order number for us to be able to raise an invoice, please email events@acamh.org for details

The events we organise are not profit-making, many are subsidised through our other commercial activities, without which they would not be able to run. As a charity, any surplus that we make is invested back into the business to benefit our Members and the sector. Members get a discounted rate and we hope you consider joining.

All delegates will receive a CPD certificate emailed after the event.

Prices include tea/coffee on arrival, and refreshments throughout the day.


Slides are password protected, those we have permission to share will be made available when they are supplied to us.


12:30 – Registration
13:00 – Introductions by ACAMH North West branch chair Dr. Vasumathi Balaguru
13:10 – Dr. Helen Griffin Good Lives: A framework for assessment and intervention with adolescent harmful sexual behaviour
14:10 – Jennifer Allotey Growing up in a digital world: How to recognise and respond to technology assisted harmful sexual behaviour
15:10 – Break
15:30 – Dr. Shermin Imran and John Hickling FCAMHS overview and harmful sexualised behaviour in adolescents – assessment and intervention in practice: a case study
 16:30 – Feedback and discussion

How to get there

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