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 sessions – book your place now!

Following the success of our multi-agency training days, we’re offering professionals in Wales the chance to participate in our Train the trainer sessions.

Dates: 3 and 4 November 2021  or   16 and 17 November 2021

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 abuser behaviour
  • how and why people sexually abuse children
  • understanding the greater 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

This is some of the positive feedback we received following recent Train the trainer participants:

“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.

Virgin London Marathon 2021

We are excited to share that Gill, our Assistant National Manager, is running the Virgin London Marathon on 3 October. Gill has been intensely training all summer for the distance and is raising funds for Stop It Now! and The Lucy Faithfull Foundation. If you would like to donate, visit her fundraising page today.

Please join us in wishing her good luck and look out for Gill wearing her Stop It Now! Wales shirt on the BBC coverage. We will report back in our next newsletter as to how Gill gets on.

What we all need to know – new leaflets to keep children safe

Child sexual abuse is a huge problem and impacts children from all backgrounds. However, there are some specific barriers for children from ethnic minorities, children with learning disabilities, and LGBTQ+ children.

That is why, in partnership with Ethnic Minorities and Youth Support (EYST)Learning Disability Wales (LDW) and Stonewall Cymru, funded by the Welsh Government, and with the support of parents and professionals focus groups, we have developed a series of leaflets to help keep children safe from harm.

The leaflets are free to download from our website. They are available in twelve additional languages alongside English and Welsh and there are also easy read versions.

New: Google translate service

We are pleased to inform you that there is now the option to translate our Stop It Now! Wales webpages into a variety of languages, enabling us to connect with a wider audience and span of cultures.

This service is now live and powered by Google Translate.

Consultation groups for parents and carers

Are you a parent, carer or a professional working with a group of parents? Are you interested in influencing the development of our work across Wales?

We are seeking parents or carers of children or young people, who can give us feedback through a targeted focus group. This is an opportunity to meet other parents to discuss how best we can keep our children safe in the online and offline world.

Please contact Claire or Gill if you require any more information.

Safeguarding week: 15-19 November 2021 

Supported by the Welsh Government and the National Independent Safeguarding Board (NISB) this week sees a variety of organisations coming together to raise awareness of important safeguarding issues, begin conversations and to raise awareness of safeguarding best practice.

At Stop It Now! Wales our vision is that all children are given the right to live free from harm. We do this by providing safeguarding opportunities through our Early Intervention work and within the Public Education Project. Since April 2021, we have delivered 35 public education sessions to 410 delegates from a range of professional backgrounds, as well as to parents and carers.

Here are some positive feedback from our past attendees:

“I really enjoyed this session, I have learnt so much and feel so much confident within my job.” (Professionals Protect)

“Really powerful and very useful.” (CSE)

“Thank you for the training, I found it very interesting and definitely something I will be more aware of in my work moving forward.” (Professionals Protect)

If you would like more information on our training opportunities, or to book a session for National Safeguarding Week, please visit our website.

Please share our details with your networks to make sure as many people as possible get the support they need to keep children safe and use #SafeguardingWales on social media.

Family and Friends Forum

Our Family and Friends Forum is designed to support the people closest to those sexually abuse children. We’ve spoken to hundreds of people who have been affected by someone close to them viewing sexual images of children online. Everyone is different but we know that many family members are deeply shocked and distressed by their family member’s behaviour, their lives maybe turned upside down, and they may feel isolated and alone.

Not only do we hope this forum will be a valuable source of information, we also want it to reduce people’s sense of isolation and to give them a sense of hope for the future.

Child sexual abuse prevention multi-agency webinar: new dates to be announced

We are pleased to announce that our multi-agency webinars will be back in early 2022!

If you are interested in booking for a future course, or would like to learn more, please sign up to our newsletter to receive notifications when new dates are added.

Please get in touch if you want more information about our work.

You can also sign up to receive a notification when this page is updated and you will get regular updates from The Lucy Faithfull Foundation and Stop It Now! including about upcoming vacancies and new developments.

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