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.....is an information and resources website which aims to raise awareness about child sexual abuse, answer questions and give adults the information, advice, support and facts, they need to help protect children.
is to help parents and carers better protect children from sexual abuse. Our most important task is to prevent sexual abuse from taking place in the first place. We believe we can do this by:
- Helping to dispel some of the common myths around child sexual abuse
- Giving parents and carers practical information that will help them keep youngsters safe from harm.
We understand that child sexual abuse is something we’d rather not think and talk about – but we believe the best way of protecting children is for adults to do just that! By not being afraid to talk about the issues, we become much better able to understand the steps we can take to keep our children as safe as possible.
If at any point you have any questions, please submit them to Stop it Now! UK and Ireland using the confidential email service, or call the helpline to talk to a trained advisor.
Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
At Parents Protect we believe that the sexual abuse of children is preventable, not inevitable. As adults, there is much we can do to help protect children from harm by taking some simple steps.
Youngsters are immediately safer when parents and carers take the time to understand potential risks and take protective measures. Creating a family safety plan is a great first step in helping to create a protective environment for children and youngsters.
As caring adults we are aware of so much that affects the lives of our children. If we notice changes that might mean that something is wrong we need to know where we can voice our concerns straight away, rather than feeling that we don’t know what to do.
There is help and support available and steps need not be taken alone.
Seeking help and advice is the first step to preventing or addressing issues around child sexual abuse.
We need to have knowledge about the issues and be able to understand the signs of harmful behaviours before we can begin to protect the vulnerable from them. To help protect children from sexual abuse we need to feel confident that we:
Understand potential risks
Recognise the signs of possible abuse in children
Are aware of inappropriate behaviour in adults
Know where to go for help if we have concerns and would like to talk about them
Our Online Learning Programme enables you to work through a number of topics at your own pace. The Programme aims to:
Give you the information you need about child sexual abuse
Show you how to create a family safety plan
Tell you who you can talk to if you are worried
You can contact the Stop it Now! Helpline or e-mail service if you have any questions at any point, as you work through the Programme.
Beyond the immediate family we have a responsibility to make our communities as safe as possible.
This includes creating environments where children are protected from sexual abuse and other forms of harm. There is much we can do to build community strength and safety.
Website information first published October 2010 with regular updates since.
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