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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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We need to have knowledge about the issues surrounding child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation and be able to understand the signs of harmful behaviours before we can begin to protect the vulnerable from them.
To help safeguard children from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation 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 and child sexual exploitation
  • 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:

Quick facts about child sexual abuse, victims and abusers

There are many myths and misconceptions around child sexual abuse and child sexual exploitation; obtaining reliable information can be hard. These quick facts aim to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.

Warning signs – learn what to look for in children and adults

Children often show us through their behaviour rather than tell us that something is wrong and/or upsetting them. Adults may display worrying behaviour around children. This page helps us understand the behavioural warning signs.

Learn how to create a family safety plan to help protect children from harm

If you are concerned about keeping your child safe from sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, a family safety plan can create a safer environment and a support network for everyone in your family.

Learn about child sexual exploitation and how to prevent it

The term ‘sexual exploitation’ is often used to refer to the sexual abuse of children during adolescence. There are likely to be differences in the way abusers target victims of sexual exploitation and in the way that children who are being sexually exploited behave. The guide aims to identify warning signs and ways that parents and carers can both reduce the risk of sexual exploitation and what to do if a child they are caring for is being abused in this way.

Abuse among children and young people

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. However very few people realise that other children can sometimes present a risk. Approximately a third of the individuals who have sexually abused a child are themselves under the age of 18. Learrn about harmful sexual behaviour and age appropriate behaviour.

Frequently asked questions on child sexual abuse

Some of the common questions people ask.

SMART Rules for Parents and Carers

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 regarding things to think about and how to start these important conversations with your family and friends.   

SMART Rules for Adults to Share with Children

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 these SMART rules offer some suggestions about ways to communicate positively with children..

Use some of these suggested books to start important conversations with your children

Using books can help you start these 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 to ensure you are familiar with the story. Finally, see these stories as a springboard to further conversation, discussion and continued teaching and learning. Website Design & eCommerce Software Shopping Cart Solutions