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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.
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:
Some Secrets Should Never Kept Be Kept
A book which tells the story of a brave young knight including important messages for children and adults. Includes discussion questions to help cover: trust, keeping secrets and the right of all children to feel safe.
Space Invaders: A Game About Boundaries
A card game for families designed to form healthy safe and consistent boundaries in the home.
Break the Silence
Three animations on DVD accompanied by discussion toolkits which examine child sexual abuse. 1) A child sexually abused by her father (Daughter). 2) another child abused by a paedophile (A Good Boy). 3) The story of two sisters who end up as sex slaves in a brothel.
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.
A theatre production for advocacy against child sexual abuse and exploitation performed by those who have experienced abuse themselves on the streets of the Philippines. An educational campaign focussing on commercial sexual exploitation. Leaflets, posters and online banners were used in English, Polish, Ukrainian and Russian. Preventative workshops were also delivered to young people and a helpline was made available.
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.
An educational campaign focusing on commercial sexual exploitation. Leaflets, posters and online banners were used in English, Polish, Ukrainian and Russian. Preventative workshops were also delivered to young people and a helpline was made available.
ECPAT Supporting Marginalised Youth in Peru
Group based educational activities delivered by men to groups of boys in High Schools designed to prevent sexual violence and commercial sexual exploitation through examining gender roles and norms and harm caused by abuse.
Everyone's Got a Bottom
A story book for sharing with young children to help parents convey important safety messages. Reinforces the messages that a child’s body belongs to them together with the importance of telling a grown up if something is wrong.
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.
Expect Respect - USA
A school based educational programme promoting safe and healthy relationships for young people.
Growing Up with Yasmine and Tom
A programme to assist teachers to deliver Personal, Social and Health Education within the school setting. Includes 50 age appropriate lessons and activities as well as lesson plans, animations and videos. Covers topics such as the body, feelings, relationships, family life and online safety.
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.
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.
Internet Watch Foundation
A mechanise for people to report online child sexual abuse images and videos, non-photographic child sexual abuse images and videos (such as computer generated) and criminally obscene adult content.
The Kia Marama Sex Offender Treatment Programme
A residential treatment programme for men in a medium secure unit who have committed sexual offences against children.
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.
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.
My Body Belongs to Me
A short storybook for parents, carers and other adults to share with children aimed at preventing children becoming victims of sexual abuse. Includes notes on how to begin conversations with children.
Online Splash Pages
A mechanism for warning people who are attempting to access child sexual abuse images which have been removed from the internet. The pages carry a message to call the Stop it Now! UK and Ireland Helpline.