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. This includes 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.
What help can Stop It Now! Scotland offer?
Our UK helpline (0808 1000 900) offers a free confidential and anonymous service where you can talk to someone about your thoughts and behaviours. There is no judgment – we speak to thousands of people every year and help them take action to protect children and young people. We work with people who have committed offences against children or are having thoughts about doing so. Whether this is talking to children and young people in a sexual way online, trying to get them to send sexualised pictures of themselves or encouraging them to meet in person for sex – we can help.
There is also online help available. Our Stop It Now! Get Help self-help resource offers a wide range of information and advice, as well as online self-help tools and resources that can be accessed free of charge at any of day or night These will help you to understand your behaviour, what triggers it and what you can do to stop. There are specific modules aimed at helping groomers with their behaviour.
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 groupwork programmes click here.
What if you’re worried about someone else’s behaviour
The Stop It Now! UK helpline (0808 1000 900) can help you explore your concerns and provide practical steps you can take to keep children safe.
Our prevention resource Upstream is available at www.theupstreamproject.org.uk and 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.
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