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:
Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism
A Code of Conduct designed for tour operators and travel agenices wordlwide.
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.
CPSU Framework of National Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport
A framework of standards for safeguarding and protecting children in sport from all kinds of abuse, including sexual abuse. There is a supporting video and website.
Expect Respect - USA
A school based educational programme promoting safe and healthy relationships for young people.
fragFINN.de: The Net for Kids
A search engine specifically for children in Germany which is based on a ‘whitelist’ of secure websites for children to help them surf the internet without the risk of finding harmful content.
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.
A website providing information to children and their parents about social networking sites, games and apps used by children.
Safer Recruitment Training
Training for staff who recruit into the children’s workforce, including education settings, to help them recruit suitable, safe people.
Second Step Child Protection Unit
A training package that help teachers create and implement a child protection strategy within their school.
Securus Schools Computer Monitoring
E-safety software for schools which examines and monitors computers for inappropriate words, phrases and images. Incidents of concern are reviewed by school staff.
Sexual Harrassment and Abuse in Sport - International Olympic Committee Video
A video designed to raise awareness and enable people involved in sport to take action to prevent different forms of sexual harassment and abuse in organised sports.
Space Invaders: A Game About Boundaries
A card game for families designed to form healthy safe and consistent boundaries in the home.
The Stop It Now! USA Circles of Safety Program
A programme supporting organisations to imbed the prevention of the sexual abuse of children into their ongoing work.
An advice website and a range of free educational resources that have been tailored for use children ages 4-17 including children with special educational needs. They provide age-appropriate information and advice to help prevent abuse and exploitation.