Child sexual abuse prevention resources

We’re committed to supporting frontline professionals at this challenging time.

This involves ensuring that professionals have access to up to date, practical resources that can be used with service users to help prevent child sexual abuse.

While families are under lockdown restrictions, many children will face immediate risks in their own homes and opportunities to report abuse or seek help might be reduced reduced. Also, while schools are closed many children will spend longer periods of unsupervised time online, which increases risks of online harm.

Ensuring that parents have advice and information to help them prevent child sexual abuse both online and offline is more important than ever, as is ensuring that adults who are worried they may present a risk of sexual harm to children have access to advice and information about how to control and manage their behaviour and make better choices.

Our Upstream Prevention Pack includes six leaflets for professionals and those they work with.

Services for professionals

Information for professionals about our services, including case consultation and how to make a referral.

Download the services for professionals leaflet (pdf)



Support for you

Information about our services and resources for anyone worried about committing a sexual offence or re-offending. Written for criminal justice social workers, professionals involved with offender management and mental health/counselling professionals who work with adults worried about sexual thoughts or feelings towards children.

Download the support for you leaflet (pdf)


Support for families

Leaflet about our prevention services and resources. Written for child protection professionals working directly with families where there is a risk of harm to children. For instance, children and families social workers, teachers and third sector organisations.

Download the support for families leaflet (pdf).


What we all need to know to protect our children

A guide for parents and carers which includes advice on what to do if someone is worried about a risk to a child or if a child discloses abuse.

Download the what we all need to know to protect our children leaflet (pdf).


Cyber resilience and internet safety

A guide for parents and carers. Includes information about speaking to a child about their online life, helping build children’s understanding of safety online and what to do if you are worried about risks to your child online.

Download the cyber resilience and internet safety leaflet (pdf).



What’s the problem?

Scottish update of guide for parents and carers worried their child has sent or received sexual images,  accessed online pornography or been arrested for accessing indecent images of children.

Download the what’s the problem leaflet (pdf).


All of our resources are in line with relevant Scottish policies and guidance, including National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021, Getting It Right For Every Child, and The Promise.

Hard copies of leaflets may be available on request – please contact the team. Please also take a look at our Upstream website, with information and resources that help adults prevent child sexual abuse.

If you have any concerns about child sexual abuse, you can call our confidential and anonymous helpline.

Easy read resources

Staying safe online has never been more important. For some adults who have autism or a learning disability navigating the internet safely and legally can be complex. They can be at greater risk of being groomed or find themselves (often unwittingly) viewing sexual images of under 18s.

That’s why, in partnership with Fife Adult Support and Protection Committee, we’ve developed easy read resources to educate and raise awareness of the dangers of online grooming and the inappropriate use of child images.


I’ve made a new friend online

This leaflet helps people to:
• Understand tactics online groomers use to exploit people
• Stay safe online
• Get help

Download the I’ve made a new friend online leaflet (pdf)



What am I looking at online

The leaflet helps people to:
• Learn what type of image are inappropriate
• Know the legal and personal consequences
• Access help and support

Download the What am I looking at online leaflet (pdf)



Children and Young people online

A guide for parents of children and young people who have got into trouble online.


Download the children and young people leaflet (pdf)


If you want more information about the resources, please email the Scotland team or call 0131 556 3535. Fife organisations can request paper copies from Shona McEwan or call 03451 55 55 55 ext 442134.

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