Stop It Now! Scotland

Welcome to Stop It Now! Scotland

We are a child protection charity that believes that the key to preventing sexual abuse is awareness among parents and community members. 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. We believe that this 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 and offers free confidential and anonymous advice (via 0131 556 3535). There is no judgment – we speak to thousands of people every year and help them take action to protect children and young people.

The limits to this confidentiality are: information about any children being harmed will be passed on to the relevant authorities; any specific and identifiable details disclosed about un-convicted offences will be passed on to the relevant authorities.

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 know what they can do to keep children safe, including

If you’re worried about your own thoughts or behaviour or

If you’re worried about someone else’s behaviour.

Our prevention website Upstream offers down to earth real world advice about what to do if you are worried about the behaviour of someone close to you. It also gives helpful tips on how to talk to children about issues such as online safety and what to do if something is worrying them.

Our year in review

Year in Review

Click here to read our year in review.

With the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’ve had to make decisions about how we are working in the next few weeks and the support we offer. Support will be via telephone calls or video calls if possible – we have to adapt and be flexible on how we are providing support for the foreseeable.


  • all our face-to-face meetings have been cancelled
  • all group work programmes have been postponed.

We are still here to offer support – it is just that we cannot meet 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 victim or survivor of online sexual abuse or grooming?

If you are a victim or survivor of online child sexual abuse, we recommend you contact the following charities and organisations who will be able to provide the help and support you need:

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.

Children’s rights

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).

This is underlined by our commitment to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 legislation. As such all our staff have undertaken the Scottish Government’s Child Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment (CRWIA) training.


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