Child sexual abuse prevention | Get Help - Stop It Now!


If you are accessing this site then we assume you work with people who have been arrested or convicted of internet-related sexual offences or their family members.  Or perhaps you simply want to know a little more about the subject.

There are many different sexual offences that people commit via the internet, for example, downloading and sharing sexual images of children, engaging directly with children, via online ‘chat’ or webcams, in a sexual way, or taking part in the ‘live streaming’ of the sexual abuse of a child.  The rate of technological change means that the internet and how we use it and access it are changing too.  This change often creates new opportunities to be exploited by people who have a sexual interest in children.

The following pages provide:

  • Guidance and support for professionals about the criminal justice process, the involvement of Children’s Services and the importance of multi-agency working.
  • References for up-to-date research on the subject.
  • Discussion about difficult aspects of the work, such as how to talk to young people who have been affected by a parent who has been arrested.
  • Information about the potential impact this area of work can have on professionals.

This website has two further sections: one provides self-help material for people worried about their behaviour, and one provides information and advice for friends or family members who are concerned or affected by someone else’s behaviour. This material may also be relevant for your work.  Please direct people for whom it might be helpful to this site and you are welcome to use the materials in your work with them. All the self-help exercises can be printed off.

If there is further information you require please contact the Stop It Now! free and confidential helpline - 0808 1000 900.



An opportunity to help us!

Whenever possible, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation and Stop It Now! conduct research in order to develop our knowledge and understanding with regards to all areas related to the prevention of child sexual abuse. As opportunities to participate in our research arise, we will post an advertisement below. If appropriate, and we believe the research findings could teach us something important, we will also advertise opportunities to participate in research conducted outside of our organisation. Your participation is incredibly helpful and we are extremely grateful for your time. 


Research conducted by The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

We are currently developing resources to help prevent online harmful sexual behaviour amongst young people. We have developed questionnaires for young people (aged 16-25), parents and professionals, to help us discover what resources are wanted and needed. 

If you are a professional, we would be delighted if you could click here and complete our "sexual development in an online world" questionnaire. 





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