The tool uses a traffic light system to categorise the sexual behaviours of young people and is designed to help professionals:
By categorising sexual behaviours as green, amber or red, professionals across different agencies can work to the same standardised criteria when making decisions and can protect children and young people with a unified approach.
Professionals who work with children and young people have told us they often struggle to identify which sexual behaviours are potentially harmful and which represent healthy sexual development. This is why it is vital that professionals agree on how behaviours should be categorised regardless of culture, faith, beliefs, and their own experiences or values.
The tool is based on the original Traffic Light Guide developed by True Relationships & Reproductive Health in Australia and has been adapted for use within the UK.
In addition to the online tool and surrounding guidance, Brook provides UK-wide training for professionals on how to use the Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool. To view all upcoming training courses and buy tickets, please visit our Eventbrite page.