Resources Available for Addressing Child Sexual Aggression
Children who are sexually aggressive and have sexual behavior problems need special attention, care and supervision, and DFPS has begun the process of implementing new procedures to better address these behaviors. As of Dec. 1, 2016, the Department is rolling out important changes that include indicating sexually aggressive behavior in the child’s case record, placement referral form, placement summary form, and the child’s common application.
Sexually acting out children need to be viewed compassionately and with a hopeful attitude toward recovery, especially because they are often victims of trauma themselves. They may not continue to display such behavior once interventions are sought and the child has demonstrated changed behavior. To assist CASA volunteers and staff with addressing child sexual aggression appropriately within their role, Texas CASA has partnered with DFPS to host a webinar and to provide resources on how to:
- identify current behavior,
- document and communicate that behavior with caregivers and others, and
- advocate for appropriate support and services to facilitate the healing process.