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Welcome to the Stop It Now! Scotland newsletter
This quarterly newsletter will keep you up-to-date with everything from the Stop It Now! Scotland team, from new projects and resources, staff updates, and training through to the impact of our work. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more regular updates.
Stop It Now! Scotland is the only charity in Scotland focusing solely on preventing child sexual abuse. We do this by working with perpetrators and potential perpetrators of abuse who do not have access to statutory support. Using knowledge gained from our clinical services, we also work with parents and professionals to provide an understanding of how to best protect children from harm. This newsletter gives us a new way to share updates about all aspects of our work.
Our resources to help you protect children
Get Help: new pornography module launched
Get Help is our self-help online resource for anyone worried about their online behaviour including viewing sexual images of, or having sexual conversations with children. In 2021, the modules were visited by over 8,700 individuals in Scotland.
Many of the men we work with talk about their escalating pornography use leading them from legal content to illegal child sexual exploitation material over time. In line with this, we have recently added a new module to Get Help on legal pornography. It explores why someone might watch adult material, how to assess whether use is problematic and an overview of techniques to reduce or stop using pornography. The module can be found here.
Upstream: new child sexual abuse prevention videos
Developed with support from the Scottish Government, Upstream is our online resource aimed at adults in Scotland to prevent child sexual abuse. It provides real-world examples for parents, professionals and the general public on how to tackle child sexual abuse and steps all adults can take to help keep children safe.
We have recently updated the video library to include 12 short videos, on topics such as “what do we mean by child sexual abuse” to “recognising the warning signs in adults”.
Technology-Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour: Schools booklet
Technology-Assisted Harmful Sexual Behaviour (TA-HSB), or online peer-to-peer sexual abuse and harassment, is, unfortunately, an issue that many educators deal with on a daily basis. It is vital that educators understand what it is, how to identify it, and how to support those involved and impacted by it. Stop It Now! Scotland worked in partnership with Education Scotland to develop a booklet for schools to help them tackle this issue. Read through the booklet and please share it with your colleagues and wider networks.
Parent Club’s guide to online safety
Stop It Now! Scotland recently supported the Scottish Government with the development of new resources around online safety for its Parent Club resource. Take a look through the website and resources to find out more.
Launch of the Faithfull Papers. Confidential support to prevent child sexual abuse: A review of the first 12 months of live chat on the Stop It Now! UK and Ireland helpline
Our parent charity, the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, has launched ‘The Faithfull Papers’, a series of short research documents looking at elements of our services. The papers allow us to share best practice and learning about child sexual abuse prevention with a wide audience.
The first paper reviews the first 12 months of the live chat function on the Stop It Now! UK and Ireland helpline, and can be accessed here. If you’d like to receive the next issue of the Faithfull Papers, please sign up to our research updates.
Online conference: Learning from our Reducing Online Sexual Abuse (ROSA) project
Date: 27 June 2022
Between 2018 – 2021 Stop It Now! Scotland ran the Reducing Online Sexual Abuse (ROSA) project from Glasgow co-located within Shawlands Academy, a large comprehensive school and the HALT project for children who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour.
The conference will provide an overview of findings from the project and take-home messages for practitioners and policymakers. It will feature a range of experts exploring themes raised by the project in the context of current research and practice.
These will include:
- understanding the continuum of sexual behaviours displayed by young people online and proportionate responses to different kinds of issues
- best practice in responding to situations involving self-produced sexual imagery (sexting)
- whole systems approaches to prevention of harmful sexual behaviour in school settings
- the needs of young people with autistic spectrum disorder who display technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour
- safeguarding LGBTQ+ youth
- contextual safeguarding approaches in an online context
- intervention programmes for young people who have displayed technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour
- bringing a trauma and attachment lens to young people’s online behaviours.
The conference is suitable for practitioners and operational and strategic managers in social care, education, police, and health settings. Delegates will receive a web-based post-conference information pack and a free training and information resource for people working across all frontline sectors.
Visit the Eventbrite page to book a space and find out more about this free online conference.
Service update: groupwork
We provide a groupwork programme for men who have been arrested for online child sexual abuse offences. Our Inform Plus programme, is a 10-week psycho-educational group for men from Scotland who have viewed illegal sexual images of children online. We also run Breaking the Links, for men who have offended online but have also experienced trauma themselves and Inform, a groupwork programme for the partners and family members of those who have committed online offences.
Between January and March this year, we have delivered three Inform Plus courses, one Breaking the Links course and one Inform course, supporting over 40 individuals, making it our most successful quarter to date.
To find out more about our groupwork, visit our programmes page.
Our media work
In March, Stop It Now! Scotland’s Director, Stuart Allardyce, was featured in a Scotland Tonight piece on abuse in schools and online harm. He discussed why this is becoming a growing issue amongst young people, how to respond appropriately if you’re concerned about how someone acts online and the harm that it can cause to all involved. Watch the piece on STV’s YouTube channel.
Preventing child sexual abuse in organisational settings
We have two funded spaces available for organisations on our preventing child sexual abuse in organisational settings training course, sponsored by RS Macdonald Trust. This is a four-hour interactive workshop for professionals who work with children and explores how to prevent abuse perpetrated by adults in a trusting relationship.
This training course will introduce professionals to the situational prevention in organisational settings theory. It will also explore a framework for organisations to make changes to better protect children before abuse has happened and how to identify potential risks and warning signs effectively.
To discuss the training please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working with non-offending minor-attracted people
Last year, Stop It Now! Scotland hosted a NOTA Scotland webinar on working with adults who are worried about their sexual thoughts and feelings towards children but who have not committed a sexual offence. At the webinar, colleagues from Nottingham Trent University shared research on adults who had sought help from health professionals in relation to this issue.
Stop It Now! Scotland, NOTA Scotland and the Forensic Mental Health Network will be hosting an invite-only online roundtable discussion (20 June) on improving outcomes for individuals worried about their sexual thoughts about children who are seeking help. If you have experience with individuals seeking help (in either health or other settings such as counselling or psychotherapy) and would like to join the discussion, please contact email@example.com.
We are recruiting! Join our mission to keep children safe
We’re hiring! Stop It Now! Scotland will soon be recruiting a full-time practitioner and full-time communication and fundraising manager. Adverts will go live towards the end of May and can be found on our jobs page.
Fundraise for us: The Kiltwalk
The Kiltwalk will take place across Scotland, as well as online, this year with any fundraising boosted by #50percentmore by The Hunter Foundation. Participants can walk the traditional Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen routes whilst those completing it virtually can walk wherever they are in the world.
If you are interested in completing the Kiltwalk on behalf of Stop It Now! Scotland, please get in contact with our fundraising team who can help you get involved.
If Kiltwalking isn’t for you but you would still like to help why not set up a monthly donation and become a friend of the Foundation using Give as you Live Donate (GAYL).
Or if you have online shopping to do, have you considered shopping through Give as you Live, AmazonSmile or Easy Fundraising? For all purchases made through these sites, we get a small slice as a donation – at no extra cost to you! For more information visit our website.
The virtual TCS London Marathon 2023
In 2021, 24,000 people completed the virtual London Marathon in over 100 countries. Completing the marathon virtually means you get to choose where and how you take on the challenge.
Your marathon, your way – 24 hours to complete 26.2 miles on a route of your choice. How will you do it?
We have a limited number of guaranteed spaces at the 2023 virtual TCS London Marathon, why not join #teamStopItNow! and raise vital funds to help us prevent child sexual abuse.
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