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Key questions to ask when investigating sexualised behaviour between CYP

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  • Is the behaviour in the context of a particular type of relationship (e.g. a ‘romantic’ relationship where there may be pressure to please)?
  • Is there a power imbalance between those involved (e.g. age difference, physical strength and capability, emotional development)?
  • Are those involved equipped to describe their wants and desires and to give consent?
  • Is the behaviour age appropriate and appropriate to the level of development of the person involved – or could the person have been coerced into a type of behaviour?
  • Is the behaviour potentially harmful or risky? (e.g. the distribution of sexual photos or video content).
  • Is the behaviour appropriate to the school environment whether or not you consider it to be consensual?