What We Believe
We believe that child sexual abuse is preventable and that we can have a society where children are free from sexual abuse and exploitation. Our purpose is to safeguard children and young people from sexual abuse by preventing it and responding to it.
Our mission is to prevent the sexual abuse of children and young people by working with protective adults, those affected by abuse and those perpetrating it, including young people with harmful sexual behaviour. We are committed to using our expert knowledge to impact on public policy, and to educate families, professionals and the public. We help children and young people to stay safe in all our work.
We believe child sexual abuse is preventable, not inevitable.
Our vision is a world in which children's right to live free from abuse and exploitation becomes a reality.
We believe that changing offenders is one of the best ways of protecting children. Sex offenders must be held accountable for their actions. Nevertheless, many abusers and potential abusers are troubled by their sexual thoughts regarding children. They need access to appropriate sources of support and intervention to help them manage their thoughts and behaviour and to assist them to live responsible, fulfilling and law-abiding lives. This is particularly important for young people who have engaged in sexually abusive behaviours. We also recognize that some sex offenders are not motivated to change and represent such an on-going risk to children that the protection of children can only be achieved through close management by statutory agencies or detention.
To protect children, it is vital we study and disseminate the results of research into:
- the nature, extent and probable causes of sexual offending
- the effects on victims and their families
- the effective prevention of offending
- the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of offenders or likely offenders.
This forms the basis of education and training for professionals, schools, parents and the general public about both on and off-line sexually abusive behaviours, the prevention of such behaviours, the rehabilitation and treatment of offenders or potential offenders, and the care and treatment of victims.
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