Professionals looking for advice?

We help professionals working in child sexual abuse prevention, so that they’re well equipped to keep children safe.

The public expects everyone who works with children and families to know how to protect youngsters from sexual abuse and to have all the answers. We know that this isn’t always the case.

You might be a teacher who has spotted inappropriate sexual behaviour in the classroom or a social worker with a particularly difficult case. Or you might be working with people who have sexually harmed children or pose a risk to them, or work in child protection with children and their families where sexual abuse is an issue. This can be very demanding and cause anxiety for the professionals involved.

If you work in the criminal justice system, health service or for children’s services and need advice, our trained and experienced professionals can offer guidance and support.

And if you’re a teacher, Scout leader, swimming coach, choir master or anyone who works with children and young people and you have spotted a difficult situation, we can help.

We have created an online self-care resource for anyone who works with people who have sexually offended, to help support you and your mental health.

Call the anonymous and confidential Stop It Now! helpline on 0808 1000 900 for advice, support and information.

If you’re not comfortable picking up the phone just yet, you can also use our secure messaging service.

Training for professionals who work in child protection

Through The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, we provide training and consultation services on all aspects of work in child protection and safeguarding, risk management, sexual offending and child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Our training programmes help individuals and organisations, including frontline workers, volunteers and others working with children and families, further their understanding of child sexual abuse, sexual offending and how to safeguard children.

Contact our trainer coordinator on 01527 406 912 or via email to find out more.

Online resources for professionals

If you’re worried about a child or young person who has been accessing inappropriate sexual material online, then take a look at our What’s the problem? Parents Pack, in English or Welsh. It’s for parents of children and young people who have got into trouble online either through sexting, accessing adult pornography, or viewing sexual images of children. It’s designed to answer some of the questions you may have after learning that something is happening, or has happened, in your child’s online life.

You may also want to look at our Parents Protect website for advice on how to implement child safety plans in order to protect children from sexual harm.

Our international ECSA project has advice and information for childcare professionals around the world, to help them prevent child sexual abuse.

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