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Going upstream: an appetite and vision for child sexual abuse prevention - celebrating the career of Donald Findlater

After decades working in child protection, Donald Findlater, the director of our Stop It Now helpline, has retired. He spoke to Deborah Denis, our CEO, to look back at the highlights, the milestones and the disappointments. “The organisation has been a massive part of my life,” said Donald. “It has given me a voice that I would not otherwise have ever had.” “Maybe the best thing I have ever done is choose Read More

There is hope: How protective parenting assessments and interventions help protect children

Child sexual abuse is devastating, both for the children involved and their families. We’ve been working to prevent this harm for more than 30 years using a whole range of activities, including through assessments and interventions with everyone involved in, or affected by, abuse. One of our growing areas of this work is protective parenting assessments. What is protective parenting? To be a protective parent means Read More

Host of agencies support month-long campaign to tackle online child sexual abuse across Devon and Cornwall

Throughout March, we will be collaborating with a host of organisations across the South West region on a local campaign to deter online child sexual abuse across Devon and Cornwall. In light of the vast scale of the problem of people viewing sexual images of children online, this campaign aims to raise awareness that viewing sexual images of under-18s is illegal, causes huge harm to children, and that there are serious consequences for Read More

Shining a spotlight on online grooming: a research blog post by Dr Sarah Wefers

Research is at the heart of everything we do and we are pleased to announce that our recent article “Understanding and deterring online child grooming: A qualitative study” has been published this February in the academic journal Sexual Offending: Theory, Research and Prevention.

In this brand-new blog post, our Practitioner-Researcher Dr Sarah Wefers discusses how this research was carried out, what we learnt Read More

Pioneering chatbot reduces searches for illegal sexual images of children

A major 18-month trial project has demonstrated that a first-of-its-kind chatbot and warning message can reduce the number of online searches that may potentially be indicative of intent to find sexual images of children. A new report published today by the University of Tasmania has found people looking for sexual images of children on the internet were put off, and in some cases sought professional help to change their behaviour, Read More

Situational prevention: the practical approach to preventing child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse is a rapidly growing issue in the UK with estimates showing that more than one in six children will be sexually abused before the age of 16. Preventing this is a challenge in the UK and globally and a solution requires tangible steps that are easy to implement and simple to understand.   The sixth in our series of Faithfull Papers looks at how situational prevention plays a key role in preventing child sexual Read More

A new directory to help family and friends of people arrested for online sexual offending access support

In 2021, there were over 850 arrests across the UK for viewing sexual images of under-18s every single month.  Many of the people arrested have children of their own or contact with children in their wider family. Compared to people convicted of other forms of sexual offending, research suggests that people who view sexual images of under-18s are more likely to be married and have children.  “It is very rare that Read More

A call to end AI-generated child sexual abuse

As the risks to children evolve, so does our response. The next stage of our work to deter people from online child sexual abuse shines a light on the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI) and its use to make sexual images of children – an alarming and growing problem. A concerning trend Today, we’re publishing new research which finds that two-thirds (66%) of UK adults are concerned about advances in artificial Read More

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