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We need to have knowledge about the issues surrounding child sexual abuse 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 Sexual Abuse 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.
Use these links to learn about child sexual abuse:
There are many myths and misconceptions around child sexual abuse and getting sound information can be hard. These quick facts aim to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about sexual abuse.
Children often show us rather than tell us that something is upsetting them. And adults may display worrying behaviour around children. This page helps us understand the warning signs.
If you are concerned about keeping your child safe from sexual abuse, a family safety plan can create a safer environment and a support network for everyone in your family.
The term ‘sexual exploitation’ is often used to refer to the sexual abuse of children during adolescence.
We are becoming increasingly aware of the risk of sexual abuse that some adults present to our children and there is a growing understanding that this risk lies mostly within families and communities. But very few people realise that other children can sometimes present a risk. A third of those who have sexually abused a child are themselves under the age of 18. Learrn about harmful sexual behaviour and age appropriate behaviour.
Some of the common questions people ask.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to talking with other adults about sexual abuse, but these SMART rules are a few suggestions on things to think about and how to start these important conversations with your family and friends.
A child’s ability to understand safety rules and to put them into practice depends on a number of things including how old the child is, how the child has been educated or even how confident the child is. To help a child learn any set of rules it is important to go through them and explain why you want the child to remember them. There is no ‘one-size-fits’ all but here these SMART rules have a few suggestions.
Using books can help you start some really important conversations with your children. However, before you read them with your child read them through yourself first, so that you can judge if the information is appropriate for your child and so you are familiar with the story. Finally, see these stories as a springboard to further conversation, discussion and continued teaching and learning.