Stop it Now! Helpline Evaluation
Stop it Now! is an innovative programme that aims to prevent child sexual abuse via interventions and advice aimed at potential or actual perpetrators, or their families, friends or relatives. It began in the USA and was launched in the UK in 2002. Ten years later, Stop it Now! launched in the Netherlands (April 2012).
Evaluating the UK and the Netherlands Helplines
An evaluation is now underway of the two Helplines. The findings from this evaluation will be synthesised and used to develop a toolkit outlining how similar programmes could be implemented elsewhere in the EU. The toolkit will be tested with project partners.
We'll also be disseminating the results in collaboration with relevant European and International stakeholders, culminating in a one day Stop it Now! Europe Conference in London in May 2014.
The evaluation will ultimately support the prevention of child sexual abuse across Europe, by:
- assessing the implementation of these programmes, focusing on their helpline and email support
- exploring the potential impact of the programme for affecting behaviour change among offenders and potential offenders
- providing an economic analysis of the implementation of Stop it Now!
- providing a model for developing and implementing Stop it Now! in other European countries
Project funders and delivery team
It is a European Commission co-funded project, under Daphne III, and is being led by NatCen Social Research's Crime and Justice Team, in partnership with Stop it Now! UK, de Waag/Stop it Now! the Netherlands, Prevention Project Dunkelfeld, Germany, and Save the Children, Finland.
Evaluation timeline and methodology
The evaluation will take place between January 2013 - November 2013. It consists of:
- a scoping stage, involving key stakeholders mapping the aims of Stop it Now!
- a feedback survey
- the development of impact case studies with service users
More information can be found http://www.stopitnow-evaluation.co.uk/