Stop It Now! Wales
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Welcome to Stop It Now! Wales
Since 2008, we’ve been working across Wales with local authorities, safeguarding boards, police forces, the Welsh government, voluntary organisations, and families and communities. We work to make Wales’ children and young people safer by:
- teaching adults about preventative measures to protect children from sexual abuse
- delivering public education sessions to parents and carers
- working with parents and families in groups/individually to prevent child sexual abuse
- delivering child protection and safeguarding training
Keeping children safe project – public education sessions
We have received three years of funding from the Welsh Government to provide public education sessions for parents, carers or professionals. The sessions aim to help them protect children from sexual harm.
We will deliver public education sessions; run a child sexual abuse prevention public education campaign; create a bilingual toolkit for professionals; deliver ‘train-the-trainer’ sessions to professionals to help them deliver their own prevention sessions, and we will host multi-agency training days.
We are also looking for individuals or groups to act as hosts for the public education sessions. This would involve providing a venue and inviting participants, and then one of our team will then attend and deliver the two-hour education session.
Every session is based around the prevention of child sexual abuse or exploitation and tailored to each group. The sessions are Parents Protect, Professionals Protect, Digital Resilience, Understanding Harmful Sexual Behaviour and Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness. For further details on the sessions and how to book, download the flyers below.
As part of this grant, we will be offering train the train opportunities to individuals working in this sector that will be able to cascade our information to groups they support. We will also be hosting one day multi-agency training days, in North and South Wales for professionals to discuss the prevention of child sexual abuse.
Early intervention project
We have received three years of funding from the Welsh Government to provide two strands of early intervention for vulnerable or at-risk families in Wales.
The first strand is for a programme of Parents Protect Plus sessions for small groups of parents identified as ‘at risk’ or as needing early intervention regarding child sexual abuse or exploitation by statutory or voluntary services.
And the second strand is for individual early interventions for vulnerable or ‘at risk’ families. For instance, where sexual abuse has taken place, allegations have been made or another increased risk has been identified. They may also be families who have come to the attention of local services for other reasons.
Families or individuals can attend the programmes on a referral basis. For further details, download the flyers below.
We also welcome an informal call regarding any concerns you may have about a family or situation prior to referral. Contact Claire on 07720 590129 for South and West Wales enquiries. Or contact Gill on 07803 629628 for North and Mid Wales enquiries.
Parents Protect learning programme
We have developed an online child sexual abuse and exploitation awareness learning programme for parents, carers and professionals on our Parents Protect site. The 12-part programme aims to answer questions and give adults the information, advice and support to help them:
- Understand potential risks
- Recognise the warnings signs of abuse in children and adults
- Build the confidence to prevent abuse
- Realise why children don’t tell about abuse
- Know where they can go for support if they have concerns.
The programme aims to provide vital information for protective adults to keep children safe and is available in both English and Welsh. To find out more about the programme or to view the videos, visit Parents Protect.
Stop It Now! Wales is part of The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, the child protection charity that has been working with governments, professionals and the public to prevent the sexual abuse of children since 1992.
We also run the Stop It Now! Action Group which meets quarterly.
Stop It Now! is hosted by the NSPCC Cardiff.