Stop It Now! Scotland
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Welcome to Stop It Now! Scotland
Stop It Now! Scotland is part of a child protection charity that believes that the key to preventing sexual abuse is awareness among parents and community members. For instance, we work to build public confidence in recognising and responding to concerns about the sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
We also provide support services to individuals and their families with problematic sexual thoughts and those who may be at risk of sexual offending, including those who are under investigation for internet offences. Our support to these groups is a critical part of preventing child sexual abuse. We also support friends and family members of individuals who are at risk of sexual offending.
How we can help you prevent child sexual abuse
Our office is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. Though we are currently only answering telephone calls here at the Scotland office (0131 556 3535) on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
On Tuesday and Thursday calls are diverted to our national helpline (0808 1000 900).
We offer free confidential and anonymous advice. There is no judgement – we speak to thousands of people every year and help them take action to protect children and young people.
You never have to give us identifying information, so can remain anonymous. But, if you do, and then you give us information that identifies a child who has been – or is at risk of being – abused, or any information which may suggest that any other person is at risk of harm, then we will pass that information on to the appropriate agencies. We will also pass on details of any criminal offence committed.
Our UK helpline also offers confidential advice and support to help you prevent child sexual abuse. It’s open 9am–9pm Monday-Thursday and 9am–5pm on Fridays.
Online support and information to stop child sexual abuse
Our website has anonymous and confidential advice and self-help resources to help adults keep children safe, including:
- if you’re worried about your own thoughts or behaviour
- if you’re worried about someone else’s behaviour.
Our prevention website Upstream offers advice to parents, carers and professionals in Scotland to help prevent child sexual abuse and keep children safe. It also gives tips on how to talk to children about online safety and what to do if something is worrying them.
Stop It Now! Scotland year in review 2020/21
Click here to read our year in review.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, we’ve reviewed how we work and the support we offer. Therefore, support will be via telephone calls or video calls if possible.
- face-to-face meetings are limited
- group work programmes are taking place online
We are still here to offer support – it is just that we limiting meeting people at the moment. Please call us on 0131 556 3535 for help, support or to find out more about our group-work programmes.
What if you’re a survivor of online sexual abuse or grooming?
If you are a survivor of online child sexual abuse, you can contact the following charities and organisations for support.
NSPCC Childline – a free helpline (0800 1111) for children run by the NSPCC. All calls are confidential and you won’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.
The Marie Collins Foundation – the UK charity for children who are victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation via the internet.
CEOP – a law enforcement agency that works to keep children safe from sexual abuse and exploitation.
More resources can be found in our Upstream survivor support page.
As a child sexual abuse prevention charity, we aim to take a rights-based approach to all aspects of our work by upholding and promoting the rights of all children as set out in the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
As part of our commitment to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, all our staff have completed the Scottish Government’s Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) training.