How can we help?

We work to prevent child sexual abuse in Scotland, and keep children safe.

We offer a confidential service where people with concerns about child sexual abuse and its prevention, including about their own thoughts, feelings or behaviour, can seek advice and support.

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.

Who we help

  • We help adults and communities throughout Scotland to prevent child sexual abuse, through our Upstream Project.
  • We offer confidential help and advice for those concerned about their own thoughts or feelings towards children, or about their online or offline behaviour – whether or not they’ve been arrested.
  • We support those concerned about the online or offline behaviour of a loved one that may be sexually abusive in nature.
  • We give advice and guidance to those who have concerns about the behaviour of a child or young person, including internet use.
  • We provide a range of group-work programmes and one to one interventions for the above issues.
  • We support and advise professionals in the criminal justice, health care and children settings looking for advice and support.
  • We provide training (through our parent charity) on all aspects of child protection, risk management and sexual offending, including kinship cyber resilience.

How to get in touch

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.

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.

We have support if you’re worried about your own thoughts or behaviour.

We also have support 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.

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