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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 news.
New toolkit for practitioners
We’re excited to announce that our newly developed toolkit for practitioners is now available in both English and Welsh. Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A Toolkit for Practitioners has been specifically designed to support childcare practitioners in recognising and preventing child sexual abuse.
The toolkit provides information, support and resources to confidently manage any issues practitioners may come across and passes on key messages to help protect children in the community.
We’d like to give a special thanks to the parents, carers and professionals that have worked with Stop It Now! Wales for their input into the development of the toolkit. We would also like to thank the Welsh Government for their continued support.
Practitioners toolkit workshop
Our new workshop for practitioners will be run from July 2022. These sessions will support the roll-out of our new resource Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A Toolkit for Practitioners. It aims to equip practitioners with the confidence and knowledge to use the resources and information in the toolkit in their role. The workshop is open to any group across Wales who feels their staff would benefit from this. We are available for face-to-face or online delivery.
For more information and to book your space please contact the Wales team.
Public education sessions
We’re delighted that demand for our Welsh Government funded public education sessions continues. A range of sessions are open to parents, carers and practitioners including Professionals Protect, Parents Protect, Digital Resilience, Understanding Harmful Sexual Behaviour and Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness.
Early Intervention opportunities
Our Welsh Government funded Early Intervention programme is available for any professional to refer to when they feel a family they work with would benefit from bespoke prevention education. This may be a family involved with statutory or non-statutory services where a professional considers the family vulnerable or at risk of child sexual abuse.
This programme provides educational intervention and results in families creating family safety plans and understanding how best to protect children and young people.
With Covid-19 regulations relaxing in Wales, we will be resuming our face-to-face work and are now able to offer in-person, as well as online, delivery to meet your needs.
Please check with the team and let them know your preference when booking your next training session.
Mental health awareness week
At Stop It Now! Wales we understand that working with people who have sexually offended against children, and their family and friends, can be challenging. That is why we have developed self-care advice for professionals to support their mental well-being, help them understand the potential impact of their work and how to manage negative feelings.
Our confidential helpline, live chat and secure messaging service are there for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse and its prevention. This also includes professionals and those impacted by a friend or family member’s offending behaviour who need support and advice to process their situation. Our experienced helpline advisors talk through the issues with callers and provide them with tailored advice and next steps to help make sense of what’s going on.
Call 0808 1000 900 or visit our helpline page for more information.
Elsewhere in child protection
The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse has launched some great new resources, in English and Welsh, to help identify potential warning signs of abuse, how to talk to children about abuse, and to support parents and carers where there are abuse concerns.
Parents Protect learning programme
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation’s short films aim to inform parents, carers and professionals on how and why child sexual abuse happens, how to prevent harm from happening in the first place, and where to get help if something has already happened (also available in Welsh).
What people say about our work
We offer a wide range of training courses and webinars for professionals, organisation and the public and here are below is some of the positive feedback we received following recent training events:
“An excellent course for foster carers, different to the usual sexual exploitation courses that are run and much more useful for all carers of all ages.”
“Very good training and well presented.”
“The facilitator was very knowledgeable and the session was well structured and met my objectives for attending. Thanks.”
Also, our referral based early intervention work is positively impacting families across Wales, comments received from clients and referrers include:
“Excellent piece of work, thank you the client has been provided with a safe, confidential space to develop insight and learn strategies to manage the identified risks. Thank you very much.”
“The practitioner was not judgemental and was very empathetic to our unique circumstances”
“The client said that she found the service supportive and wished she would have had access earlier. She said it was helpful to know that there are people out there that understand her situation. She described the process as emotional but valuable.”
Please visit our Stop It Now! Wales page for more information, or to book onto one of our training sessions or webinars.
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