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:
Be Safe! Prevention Programme
Be Safe! is a personal safety programme for children aged 5 to 9 years. Through positive, non-threatening, simple key messages and child-friendly learning resources. Be Safe! introduces young people to the concepts of: children's right; safe and supportive friendships; adult's responsibility to protect children from harm; privacy and simple and effective Personal Safety Rules.
Commit to Kids - Parents Guide
A comprehensive programme to help child facing organisations prevent abuse through providing families with a ‘Parent Guide’ designed to help them understand the issue of child sexual abuse and choose ‘safe’ organisations to be involved with their children.
Commit to Kids - Website
A website providing publications and advice on child protection strategies and policies as well as step-by-step plan for reducing the risk of sexual abuse in child-serving organisations.
Espace romand de prevention DIS NO
A helpline and email service which provides an initial contact point for people worried about their own sexual attraction to children, or people worried about someone they know, for them to receive advice, support and referrals onto additional services e.g. psychologists.
Healthy Youth Relationships Programme
A workshop programme which explores healthy and unhealthy peer romantic relationships focussing on dispelling stereotypes, building communication and prevention skills, and empowering youth to make healthy relationship choices.
It's Not Your Fault
Workshops for young people which explore why abuse and neglect occur and where young people can go for help.
Kids in the Know
A comprehensive manual designed to reduce the incidence of missing and exploited children and to educate the public on child personal safety and sexual exploitation.
Man to Man
A public education campaign which uses celebrities and male leaders to promote a vision of childhood free from abuse and exploitation.
Men as Partners
A multi-faceted intervention to transform the behaviour of men and the norms of masculinity as well as engage men in reducing gender based violence against women and children.
ONE in FIVE Campaign
A campaign that aims to achieve further signature, ratificaton and implementation of the Coucil of Europe Convention on the protection of children against sexual exploitation and sexual abuse.
Group educational programmes to teach young people how to prevent emotional, physical and sexual violence on dates.
A gender transformation programme designed to build knowledge of sexual health, awareness of risks and consequences of risk taking and provide opportunity for self-reflection of sexual behaviour.
The Fourth R
The Fourth R is a school-based programme that addresses dating violence, substance abuse and risky sexual behaviour. Students learn about conflict resolution, decision making and active listening, as well as clarifying myths and facts about relationships.
Voices Against Violence
A global co-educational curriculum for use with young people around the world supported by a manual which includes guidance and resources.