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The role of lived experience in preventing child sexual abuse

A guest blog post by Megan Hinton  I recently joined the Marie Collins Foundation as a Victim and Survivor Advocate. My role involves working alongside those with lived experience of technology-assisted child sexual abuse, to champion and amplify their voice and embed it into policy, practice, and academia. As a survivor myself part of my position includes speaking about my lived experience at conferences and events. So, when the Read More

NPCC report highlights the shocking scale of child sexual abuse in the UK and the need for all of us to play our part in prevention.

Today’s report from the National Police Chiefs' Council is a sobering reminder of the realities of child sexual abuse in the UK.  According to today’s figures, there were 107,000 recorded child sexual abuse offences in 2022. Responding, Deborah Denis, CEO of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, said: “While this is a shocking figure in its own right, the sad truth is ‘recorded crimes’ only tell part of Read More

CEO Deborah Denis responds to the news that Meta will introduce end to end encryption across more of its platforms

Today, Meta announced its decision to introduce end to end encryption across all Facebook and Messenger chats.  In response to the news, our Chief Executive Deborah Denis has issued a statement about the potential child safety implications of this decision. 

Deborah Denis said: “Meta’s decision to introduce end to end encryption on more of its platforms is profoundly disheartening and one that Read More

How we helped prevent child sexual abuse: Our 2022-2023 annual report

By Deborah Denis, CEO of the Lucy Faithfull Foundation Today, we’re launching our annual report. It comes at a time when it feels like there has been a heightened focus in many parts of society on tackling child sexual abuse. Over 2022/23, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse published its final report, drawing on its 15 investigations and 19 related reports; the Online Safety Bill was subject to ongoing scrutiny and Read More

New look, same mission: why we've rebranded

You might have noticed that we look a little bit different – we have just rebranded. While we’re still the same organisation with the same purpose – to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation – we needed to update our identity to one that reflects who we are today as well as our plans for the future. Who we are The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is a child protection charity that works to stop child sexual Read More

Conversations with strangers: launching our new film Spotlight to deter online grooming

With research finding that more than one in four (28%) UK adults regularly speak with people they do not know online, today we are pleased to announce the release of a new online film warning adults engaging in sexual conversations with under-16s that this behaviour is illegal and has severe consequences. Beyond the harm done to the children groomed, these consequences include irreversibly damaging the adult’s relationships with Read More

Advancing child sexual abuse prevention: a conversation with Jon Brown, chair of the NOTA prevention committee

In collaboration with the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abuse (NOTA), we are delighted to be co-hosting an online conference on 22 November, which will focus on preventing child sexual abuse, best practice, and identifying gaps in what we all need to know. Ahead of the event, we sat down with Jon Brown, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Barnardo’s and Chair of the NOTA Prevention Committee, to discuss his hopes Read More

A year on the front line: reflections on the first 12 months of our project to tackle harmful sexual behaviour in schools

Laura Nott, Schools Project Manager at The Lucy Faithfull Foundation In June 2020, a wave of revelations about rape culture and harmful sexual behaviour in schools made media headlines through the Everyone’s Invited movement. This prompted a cross-governmental response and an Ofsted review found: “The issue is so widespread that it needs addressing for all children and young people… schools, colleges and Read More

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