Safe Place: The Center for Child Protection and Health

Sexual Development in Children

Children are sexual beings, and all phases of development can include age-appropriate expressions of sexuality and sexual interest.

0-3 Years

3-5 years

School age

Identifying concerning behaviors

Examples of concerning behaviors include:

If you have any concerns about your child's sexual development or behavior, you should contact your child's physician to discuss your concern.

Visit our SAFE Place Treatment and Support Program page for information about what to do and not do if your child discloses to you that she/he has experienced sexual abuse, and for a summary of common symptoms/problems after experiencing a traumatic event.

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