Children and learning about sexuality

Caring touch

It’s important that your child gets caring touch such as hugs and cuddles from both parents, where possible. This will help them to feel loved and lovable and to learn how to show love and affection.

If they experience caring touch, they are more likely to know if they are touched in a way that is not appropriate.

Some fathers and stepfathers worry about cuddling or holding their child because they fear being accused of sexual abuse. There is a difference between caring and sexual touch - it’s the adult’s responsibility not to cross the line.

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Last updated: 11 March 2016

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