Welcome to the Lucy Faithfull Foundation Scotland newsletter

May 2024

Welcome to the Spring edition of our quarterly newsletter, keeping you up-to-date with new projects, resources, training and the impact of our work.

Situational prevention: A practical approach to preventing child sexual abuse

There is regular media coverage of cases where children have experienced sexual abuse within organisations that should be protecting them from harm. This can involve abuse of children by adults in schools, residential units, faith and belief settings, youth and sports clubs and many other kinds of situations. However, there are ways to make these places safer.

Situational prevention draws inspiration from crime prevention principles from the 80s, and our parent charity’s recent Faithfull Paper focuses on its practical application to safeguard children.

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation Scotland team, with extensive experience in training child-facing organisations on this subject, is well-versed in knowing how organisations can identify and mitigate risks. Following the publication of the paper, the team is offering one-hour sessions on how you could use these principles and start your organisation’s journey to make proactive changes to better protect children. If interested, get in touch.

For further information, read our blog about the Situational Prevention Faithfull Paper.

New harmful sexual behaviour guidance

The Scottish Government has published new information for professionals working with children and young people. The guidance has advice on how to respond to problematic behaviour and information on how to prevent harmful sexual behaviour. It was created by the assessment and intervention working group, chaired by our director, Stuart Allardyce, of the Scottish Government Harmful Sexual Behaviour Delivery Group.

View the new guidance on the Scottish Government website.

Counselling service

As part of our service package, we provide a 1-1 counselling service for people who may present a sexual risk of harm to children, including those who are under investigation for a sexual offence.

Through our direct experience of delivering this service, our counselling psychologist and forensic psychologist are offering training to counsellors and therapists who wish to increase their skills and knowledge working with those who are at risk of sexual offending, including those who have problematic pornography use or those who experience sexual thoughts about children or report sexual interest in children.

Please contact us for more information.

The Sunday Times feature: ‘The hidden crime of sibling sexual abuse’

In March, The Sunday Times magazine published an article that shone a light on an often-unspoken issue: sibling sexual abuse. The feature included several brave and heart-breaking stories.

Stuart Allardyce, director of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation Scotland and co-author of the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse sibling sexual behaviour guides, was quoted in the article.

Read the Sunday Times article

For parents, carers and professionals, advice and help on how to navigate the complexities raised by sibling sexual behaviour can be found on the Stop It Now website. The online resource also includes home safety plans, which can be used when parents are concerned about sexual interactions between their children.

Our training courses

Inform Young People Programme training

We are currently providing free training to professionals to deliver our programme for young people who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour online. So far, we have delivered training to youth justice social workers at the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice, Perth & Kinross Council and Midlothian Council. For more information, please email us or call 0131 556 5656.

Scheduled child protection training this May, June and July

Our UK-wide charity, likewise, runs regular training courses.  If interested in attending any of the sessions below, call 01527 591922 or email

For professionals working with adults

Dates: 18 and 19 June 2024 | via Zoom

Training for professionals working with children, young people and families

Dates: 13 & 14 May 2024 | via Zoom

Date: 13 & 14 June 2024 | via Zoom

Date: 22 & 23 July 2024 | via Zoom

Safer recruitment training

Date: 18 & 19 June 2024 | via Zoom

Partnership training with Apex Scotland

Earlier this year, we were pleased to partner with the employability charity Apex Scotland, which works with people with criminal convictions or at risk of committing offences.

We delivered a one-day bespoke, pro bono training event to 25 staff to assist them in working with people who have committed online sexual offences. After the event, the service manager said: “The training we received was absolutely excellent—a massive thank you. I have spoken to quite a few staff, and they have all said the same thing. It was very impactful.”

We are delighted that it was a success. We know that following a conviction for online sexual offences, there are many challenges to finding employment, and it’s important for people with criminal convictions to move on and rebuild their lives. Doing so improves their chances of not re-offending in the future.

If your charity or organisation would benefit from understanding more about what we do and the people we support, please get in touch.

NOTA Scotland conference dates agreed for September

This year’s conference will take place on 9 and 10 September in Stirling. The two-day conference will feature keynote addresses and allow delegates to participate in a series of in-depth workshops focusing on adult and young people’s support and services. Stuart Allardyce, director of Lucy Faithfull Foundation Scotland, will chair one of the days.

There is a 15% Early Bird discount up to the end of May.

To book your ticket, visit the NOTA website.

Help with research

A research team from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada is conducting a survey to learn more about psychological and situational factors that may encourage or discourage unconventional sexual behaviour online and in the “real world”. They are looking for participants who are at least 18 years old and able to read English, and will have a chance to win an Amazon voucher worth $25!

Several questions concern sexual attitudes and behaviours that are considered unconventional or problematic in our society. Please share among your service users who you believe would benefit the study. The survey only takes about 15-20 minutes and is completely anonymous.

Complete the survey now.

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