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Effective primary supervisors

An effective primary supervisor (adult in charge of supervising the child with sexually reactive behaviours) needs to have the following characteristics:

  • An awareness of the history of SRB by the child.
  • An ability to acknowledge the impact of the sexual abuse on the child and hold the child (with SRB) accountable for the abuse without shaming them.
  • An ability to make sure the child (with SRB) is not in a situation where they are able to sexually abuse the child again (safety plan).
  • An ability to closely supervise the child (with SRB) around any other children and comply with any other safety plan requirements.
  • An ability to identify manipulative, coercive and opportunistic behaviours and the impact of this behaviour on the child.
  • An awareness of court orders that affect the child (with SRB).
  • An ability to notice any change of behaviour or emotional distress in the child who was sexually abused and the child (with SRB).
  • Be a person who the child who was sexually abused nominates as being a safe and appropriate person whom they can trust.

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