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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.

  • non-contact

    e.g. showing a child pornography, making a child watch sex

  • contact

    e.g. an adult touching a child's private parts for sexual pleasure, getting a child to touch an adult's private parts, rape

  • sexual exploitation

    e.g. giving food, accommodation or drugs in exchange for sex with a child

  • online

    e.g. adults making, sending or receiving sexual pictures to/from a child

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:

  1. The individual at risk of abusing
  2. The child or young person at risk of being abused
  3. Protective adults and young people


Steps towards prevention.pdf

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.pdf

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.

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