The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

Stop It Now was established in 2002 by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation – the only UK wide charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse.

Established in 1992 and named after its founder Baroness Lucy Faithfull, we work tirelessly to prevent child sexual abuse. We know that child sexual abuse is preventable and everything we do works towards a society where children are free from sexual abuse and exploitation.

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation manages the Stop It Now helpline and campaign, and trained staff provide a call-back and face-to-face service to helpline callers who need specialist, ongoing advice and support.

As a child protection charity, we work to prevent child sexual abuse by making sure adults know what they can do to keep children safe. Through our anonymous and confidential online advice and self-help resources, we can help you:

Our vision

A world in which children’s right to live free from sexual abuse and exploitation becomes a reality.

Our mission

To prevent the sexual abuse of children.

Our promise

Child sexual abuse is preventable, not inevitable. So we will work tirelessly to protect all children – by providing direct support to individuals in a position to prevent abuse, including those affected by abuse and those perpetrating it, or at risk of doing so; by sharing our expertise and resources with organisations and governments worldwide to make children safer today; and by driving forward new interventions to protect children against tomorrow’s threats.

To protect children, it is vital we study and disseminate the results of research into:

  • the nature, extent and probable causes of sexual offending
  • the effects on victims and their families
  • the effective prevention of offending
  • the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of offenders or likely offenders.

This forms the basis of education and training for professionals, schools, parents and the general public about both on and off-line sexually abusive behaviours, the prevention of such behaviours, the rehabilitation and treatment of offenders or potential offenders, and the care and treatment of victims.

We offer a broad range of services for professionals and members of the public, these include: assessments, intervention and treatment of known offenders, case specific advice and support, training and development courses and workshops, educational programmes for internet offenders and their families, circles of support and accountability and internet safety seminars for schools (teachers, parents and children).

You can find more information on the Lucy Faithfull Foundation website.

Fran Henry, a survivor of child sexual abuse in her family in the USA, recognised how vital it was for the problem of child sexual abuse not to remain hidden, nor to be seen as something only professionals could do anything about.

Fran founded Stop It Now! (USA) with the aim of giving all adults access to a safe and confidential place in which to discuss their concerns and receive the advice and support needed to keep children safe. They established a helpline to provide such a place for adults, including for those who had abused or were at risk of abusing.

Since 2002, led by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, Stop It Now has built on this visionary concept, and our helpline takes calls from thousands of people each year.

We continue to work with Stop It Now! (USA) as well as with other children’s charities, survivor organisations, statutory agencies and government departments across the UK and Ireland. These alliances are crucial not only to the credibility and effectiveness of the helpline, but to the underpinning campaigning work of Stop It Now at local, regional and national levels.

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