KAREN MARTIN: Friday 14th May 2021: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Abstract and Bios

Harmful sexual behaviour can cause anxiety amongst adults who may be working with, or caring for, a child who is engaging in sexual behaviour that may not be developmentally appropriate and may be harmful to themselves or others. How do we recognise if a sexual behaviour is something to worry about? How do we address it? When is it time to refer to specialist services?

This basic introductory event is for anyone working with children and young people including teachers, professionals, volunteers, students or others who may have an interest in increasing their knowledge about harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). Attendees will be familiarised with the definition of HSB, introduce the pathways into HSB and understand how to recognise when behaviour might be inappropriate, problematic or harmful and how to respond appropriately.  This event may form a basis to identifying ongoing training needs.

Karen Martin 
BSc (Hons) Psychology, PGDip Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders (ATSO), MSc Forensic Psychology (final year student)
Karen has worked in Youth Justice for 16 years and has developed and now manages the Harmful Sexual Behaviour Service in Suffolk working closely with Children and Young People’s and Youth Justice Services. She has previous experience of working with Harmful Sexual Behaviour in both residential settings and in the community as well as working with adult sexual offenders in a custodial setting. She has 19 years’ experience in the field of HSB and has an interest in the supervision of HSB practice and is currently completing an MSc Forensic Psychology and Crime. Karen also works independently as a trainer and consultant in all areas of child sexual abuse and is an associate of the AIM Project delivering AIM3 Assessment Model training and she leads on the AIM Supervising HSB Practice course.





This is an online training course delivered via Zoom. Delegates will be sent full joining instructions before the event.