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If you want to ask a question or talk through any issues or concerns, call the Stop it Now! confidential, freephone helpline on 0808 1000 900.

The helpline is available from 9am-9pm Monday to Thursday and 9am-5pm Fridays. Alternatively you can contact us for help and advice via email at this address:, with a response in 48 hours.

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Welcome to the Parents Protect! website

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This website...... an information and resources website which aims to raise awareness about child sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation, answer questions and give adults the information, advice, support and facts, they need to help protect children. It is run by child protection charity, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

Our Aim…

is to help parents and carers better protect children from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. 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 and child sexual exploitation
  • Giving parents and carers practical information that will help them keep youngsters safe from harm.

We understand that child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation 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 and sexual exploitation 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 positive first step in helping to create a protective environment for children and youngsters.

Get Help

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 and child sexual exploitation.


Our comprehensive guide What's the Problem? is designed to help parents and carers better understand the risks posed to children by the internet, and identify ways to keep them safe online. You can download the PDF version here.

We need to have knowledge about the issues and be able to understand the signs of harmful behaviours before we can begin to safeguard 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 and exploitation 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:

Provide you with 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.

Take Action

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, sexual exploitation 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.

This website is run by child protection charity, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation. The privacy and cookies policy for this website can be viewed on The Lucy Faithfull Foundation's website. Please click here. 

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