Assessment, consultation and therapy (ACT) - working with professionals

The ACT team works with children, young people, parents/carers, educational settings, social care professionals and partner agencies to reduce sexual abuse by children and young people.

The team provides the following help:

Educational settings

In schools we run children and young people with sexually harmful behaviour training workshops to help schools think about:

  • creating a safe and open environment
  • what is and isn't appropriate behaviour
  • training on managing sexualised behaviour (run with the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board)
  • policies on sexualised behaviour and abuse
  • support for staff.

Partner agencies and social care professionals

We work with social services, schools, the police, courts, youth offending teams, health services and mental health services, providing the following.

  • Consultation: discussing concerns about a young person's sexually problematic behaviour, consultation for individuals, teams or agencies on things like clinical supervision, aspects of case management, professional context.
  • Training: courses and workshops from awareness-raising to direct therapeutic work, plus staff training for those working with these clients and education and residential staff on how to identify and manage sexually problematic behaviour.
  • Assessment: we offer initial and comprehensive assessments which aim to:
    • find out the young person's needs and placement requirements
    • assess the risk the young person poses to themselves and the community.
  • Therapy: working with the young person and family/carers, we offer a therapy programme to help young person explore and understand their issues and focus on their psychosexual, cognitive and emotional development. Therapy approaches we use include cognitive-behavioural, psychodynamic, systemic, play, art and drama therapy.

Procedures for social care professionals

The Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership manual (section 5.6) includes a procedure relating to children displaying sexually harmful behaviour.

Contact us

To make a referral, have an initial discussion or join one of our induction mornings please email act@surreycc.gov.uk or phone 01483 519606.