This site is a free toolkit.
It is provided by Lucy Faithfull Foundation - a child protection charity based in UK.
It is for everyone who cares about children – schools, police, social workers, NGOs, local and national governments.
It will help you prevent children from being sexually abused.
With this toolkit you can design a local plan that fits your needs.
This web site will help you:
Understand child sexual abuse.
Decide what kinds of child sexual abuse are a problem in your area, city, country.
Plan solutions that fit your needs.
See solutions others have used from around the world.
This ECSA toolkit is all about preventing the sexual abuse of children.
what is child sexual abuse?
There are many forms of child sexual abuse.
Different places and cultures have different issues.
how to prevent child sexual abuse
Child sexual abuse is preventable - it is not inevitable.
It is a public health problem which requires interventions across all levels of society.
Steps towards prevention
The download document below explains the process of abuse and how abusers overcome barriers to abuse.
It also shows how those barriers can be made stronger, so that abuse is prevented.
These barriers involve:
- The individual at risk of abusing
- The child or young person at risk of being abused
- Protective adults and young people
Steps towards prevention.pdfdownload
Preventing abuse theory
The download document (below) outlines how child sexual abuse can be prevented by taking a public health approach to the problem.
The document explains what is required to address the problem effectively, using interventions and programmes targeting specific groups.
These interventions can be made at different stages of life and at various stages in the abuse process.
Preventing abuse theory.pdfdownload
Here are some first steps you can take
Think about child sexual abuse in your community
What are the strengths in your community? What are the problems?
Bring people together
Who can you ask to help? Who can help prevent child sexual abuse?
Decide a way forward
Which problems are most common and need to change first?
These documents (below) will help you create a child sexual abuse prevention strategy
Developing your strategy
What to think about when planning a strategy? What sort of things should it include?
A working tool
Plan and record your own strategy.
Strategy template and examples
Example strategies which will help you when planning your own strategy.
Interventions and resources from across the globe
The map below shows where the international interventions and resources on this website have come from.
Identify interventions of interest
You can use the left hand search function below to find the interventions and resources that are most relevant for you.
Note: the descriptions of interventions and resources below are based on published research or documentation from the relevant organisation. Where available, evaluation information is included. Inclusion of an intervention or resource in this toolkit is not necessarily an indication of effectiveness; more of promise. When using an intervention or resource from this website, you will need to adapt it to make it relevant to your own context.
Please contact us with any feedback and information about additional interventions that could usefully be included:
An Exceptional Children's Guide to Touch
A book which aims to keep children safe by focussing on issues of physical touch; what is acceptable and what is problematic.
Childline Therapeutic Programmes for Children Harmed by Abuse
Therapeutic programmes for families where children have been harmed by sexual abuse. Childline staff deliver the progamme using play therapy, individual, group and family therapy.
Keeping Ourselves Safe
A positive personal safety skills programme that aims to provide young people with the skills to cope with situations that might involve abuse. For delivery in schools by teachers supported by Police Education Officers.
Letting the Future In
An individually-based therapeutic intervention for children and young people who have been sexually abused which uses a range of interventions including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and creative approaches.
Second Step Child Protection Unit
A training package that help teachers create and implement a child protection strategy within their school.
Sexual Abuse Family Education and Treatment Programme (SAFE-T)
A community-based clinic that provides specialized assessments and treatment to children and families who have experienced intra-familial sexual abuse, children exhibiting concerning sexualised behaviour, and youth who have offended sexually.
Teen Boundaries Sexual Bullying Programme
A programme for 10-18 year olds which aims to prevent sexual bullying, peer on peer sexual exploitation and promotes positive gen der relationships by challenging attitudes and promoting tolerance, understanding and cohesion. Delivered in a school setting.