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:
Facing the Future
A guide for parents/carers of young people who have sexually abused another child. Includes information about why children and young people may abuse others, finding out about the abuse, helping the child and looking to the future.
Helping Mothers Move Forward
A book for use by professionals who are working with ‘principally but not exclusively’ mothers of children who have been sexually abused; includes safe carers also. It aims to assess and offer therapy and support to mothers.
An individual or group work course for family members and friends of those arrested, charged or convicted for internet child pornography offences.
Inform Couples Programme
A programme for couples who are seeking to rebuild their relationship following arrest/conviction of a partner for sexual offences committed online. It utilises a strengths-based theory and includes a ‘New Life Plan’ and relapse prevention strategies.
Inform Young People Programme
A face to face educative course of 1 to 5 sessions for children and young people with concerning and/or illegal sexual behaviour on the internet, as well as their families.
Partners for Protection
A group based programme for women who have an identifiable concern regarding their ability to protect their child/children from sexual abuse.
An online resource to provide parents of children between eight and 12 years with reassuring and practical advice and information about the risks of sharing photos and other information online.
Shema Koli Helpline
A helpline for men and women in the Orthodox Jewish community who have experienced or been affected by abuse, run and managed by experienced professionals drawn from the Jewish community.
Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Helpline
A Freephone confidential Helpline for any adult concerned about sexual abuse including those worried about their own thoughts/behaviour and those worried about the behaviour of another adult or child/young person.
A book which aims to provide support and information to mothers whose children have been sexually abused.
The Green House - Adult Services
A free specialist counselling service for adults who are victims of sexual abuse, with the objective of alleviating the distress of victims/survivors who have suffered sexual violence or abuse at any time in their lives.
Women as Protectors
A voluntary programme designed to enhance the protective skills of individual women or groups whose partners are currently being assessed for risk of sexual harm or who are in the criminal justice system for sexual offending.