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Government needs to go further to prevent and tackle child sexual abuse, according to major new alliance

Government issues response to Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) which found scale of child sexual abuse in England and Wales to be “horrific and deeply disturbing’. Over 64 organisations come together as IICSA Changemakers to welcome response but ask for a more appropriate commitment from Government to deliver meaningful and lasting change for children.   A new alliance formed to inspire Read More

Project Intercept: a million pound investment to revolutionise how we stop online child sexual abuse

We are delighted to announce today that Nominet, the public benefit internet company, responsible for operating the .UK domain, has awarded us nearly one million pounds to stop people from viewing sexual images and videos of children online. We will receive £930,000 over the course of three years to use behavioural science, partnerships, and innovation to rollout effective online warnings across the internet to Read More

Deterring online child sexual abuse and exploitation: lessons from seven years of campaigning

Online child sexual abuse (CSA), involving making, viewing and sharing sexual images of children as well as online child sexual grooming, is a huge and growing problem in the UK and around the world. In 2015 it was estimated that 100,000 people in the UK regularly viewed sexual images of children; a number that will be significantly higher now. The fourth in our series of Faithfull Papers describes the development, evolution and lessons Read More


Today, we are delighted to publish the third in the series of our ‘Faithfull Papers’ all about the impact of our Family and Friends Forum. Launched in 2018, the forum is a space for family members and friends of people who have been viewing sexual images of children or sexually communicating with a child online. The report is based on an evaluation led by Professor Rachel Armitage (University of Huddersfield) to better Read More

Number of people seeking support about online child sexual abuse triples since the first lockdown

The Stop It Now! helpline, the UK’s only anonymous helpline that supports people worried about their own or someone else’s sexual thoughts or behaviour towards children, is urging men to be careful of their pornography viewing habits, as insights show that developing an interest in more extreme porn is a common pathway into online offending against children. This warning comes as new consumer research, shows nearly a third Read More

Should registered sex offenders be allowed to change their names?

Donald Findlater, director of The Lucy Faithfull Foundation’s Stop It Now! UK and Ireland helpline You might have noticed media coverage about how many registered sex offenders change their names. The Lucy Faithfull Foundation’s focus is to prevent child sexual abuse and we work with statutory and non-statutory partners to support all reasonable steps to achieve this goal. We believe the UK’s system of sex offender Read More

New study finds reduced viewing of sexual images of children after online CBT

By Dr Alexandra Bailey, Forensic Psychologist at The Lucy Faithfull Foundation and lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. Estimates from law enforcement suggest there are tens of thousands of people viewing sexual images of children online in the UK. The scale is such that police have said that we can’t arrest our way out of the problem. Our helpline and online self-help support people to stop this behaviour. And now, Read More

Our 2021-22 annual report: celebrating 30 years of The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

We are delighted to publish our 2021/22 annual report. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of The Lucy Faithfull Foundation and 20 years of the Stop It Now! UK and Ireland helpline.    Find out more below about our year or read the report for full details on our achievements and plans for the future.   The Stop It Now! helpline   Our Stop It Now! helpline supports anyone with a concern about Read More

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