Stop It Now! Wales Newsletter

Welcome to the Stop It Now! Wales newsletter

This newsletter will help you keep up-to-date with everything from the Stop It Now! Wales team, from new projects and staff updates to our impact. This page is updated frequently and you can sign up to receive a notification when it is, so you don’t miss the latest updates.


Train the trainer opportunities – book your place now!

Following the success of our Train the trainer sessions in 2021, we are offering new training events for professionals in Wales throughout the year. Here is the latest course information:

Date: 14 and 15 February 2022 (via Zoom; 9:30am – 12:30pm on both days)

Developing skills and confidence with up-to-date exercises and materials is a key part of gaining your trainer status. By the end of this session, participants will familiarise themselves with the Stop It Now! Wales Parents Protect presentation and the methods of delivering this training to parents and the wider community to raise awareness and share information on the facts around child sexual abuse and our responsibility to prevent it.

This course focuses on:

  • understanding offender behaviour,
  • how and why people sexually abuse children,
  • understanding the increased vulnerability of children with additional needs,
  • the barriers to identifying harmful sexual behaviour and how to overcome them,
  • positive actions adults can take to prevent child sexual abuse, acting on concerns and also where they can go for information, support or advice.

Some of the positive feedback we received following recent Train the trainer sessions:

This training was so useful, and practical, and gave us the knowledge and confidence to do what we need to do to tackle Child Sexual Abuse in our corner of the world.”

“The training gave me knowledge, skills and information that is easily transferred to my working day”

These sessions are suitable for professionals working with parents or carers.

If you would like to book your place, please click here or for more information please visit our website.


Public education sessions

We offer a wide range of public education sessions, in partnership with the Welsh Government to make children, young people and communities safer.

Our public sessions include:

  • Parents Protect: a course for parents and carers on the facts around child sexual abuse and our responsibility to prevent it. The session can be tailored with information to support families of children with additional needs.
  • Professionals Protect: a session for professionals on the facts around child sexual abuse and our workplace responsibility to prevent abuse and support families to keep their children safe.
  • Digital resilience: a session on internet safety and how to protect children and young people from online abuse. This includes the impact abuse has on teenage brain development and mental health, an overview of the law in Wales and how to access help and support.
  • Understanding harmful sexual behaviour: a session on understanding expected developmental healthy behaviours and inappropriate behaviour, how they can cause sexual harm or increase a child’s vulnerability, and effective ways of engaging children and young people to speak about possible abuse or harmful sexual behaviour.
  • Understanding child sexual exploitation: a session giving awareness of how child sexual exploitation can happen, what the risks to children and young people are and what action can be taken, incorporating emerging themes such as county lines and criminal exploitation.

For more information or to book on to any of the above courses, please visit our website or email us at wales@stopitnow.org.uk

If you are interested in hosting a public education session please contact Sarah swalton@lucyfaithfull.org.uk in South Wales and Daisy Williams in North Wales dwilliams@lucyfaithfull.org.uk.


Our partnership work

Claire Short, manager for Stop It Now! Wales, presented at the Welsh Government Right to be safe online conference and highlighted the partnership work around the development of the unique resources with our key partners; Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support (EYST), Stonewall Cymru and Learning Disability Wales (LDW). We reached over 400+ beneficiaries and you can also download the leaflets, free from our website. They are available in twelve additional languages alongside English and Welsh, and there are also easy read versions.

The next cross-party group meeting on preventing child sexual abuse will be held on the 15th February 2022 and it will focus on the recently published report from Estyn on sexual harassment in Welsh schools. It will include speakers with expertise in contextual safeguarding and consider our recommendations for the Welsh Government Action Plan on Preventing and Responding to Child Sexual Abuse. If you wish to attend please contact Claire Short cshort@stopitnow.org.uk for more details.

Also, we are delighted that the Welsh Government has extended both our primary and early intervention projects to five years to run till 2025. We would like to thank Welsh Government for their continued support and partnership.

You can find out about our work with the Welsh Government on our website.


Elsewhere in the Charity

We are pleased to share with you an article, published by some of our funders, titled: “Putting a stop to child sexual abuse before it occurs”. The article mentions the importance of the work of The Lucy Faithfull Foundation in perpetration prevention through our Inform and Engage programmes.

Please have a read through the article and share with your network.


Your feedback is important to us

To keep the Stop It Now! Wales website and resources as effective and useful as possible, we would very much appreciate you taking our short survey. The survey is completely confidential and will take a couple of minutes to complete.

Also, our new partner packs were sent to over a hundred partner organisations and colleagues in Wales. If you received a pack, please tell us what you think. Please send your feedback to wales@stopitnow.org.uk


Marathon update!

A big shout out to Gill, who ran the London Marathon on 3 October 2021, raising a huge sum of £1,040.48 plus £1,266.85 gift aid, overachieving her target by a whopping 203%.

Gill took 6 hours and 47 seconds to complete the 26.2 miles and we are all very proud of her. Congratulations Gill, fantastic job!


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