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This site is a free toolkit.
It is provided by Lucy Faithfull Foundation - a child protection charity based in UK.
It is for everyone who cares about children – schools, police, social workers, NGOs, local and national governments.
It will help you prevent children from being sexually abused.
With this toolkit you can design a local plan that fits your needs.
This web site will help you:
Understand child sexual abuse.
Decide what kinds of child sexual abuse are a problem in your area, city, country.
Plan solutions that fit your needs.
See solutions others have used from around the world.
This ECSA toolkit is all about preventing the sexual abuse of children.
what is child sexual abuse?
There are many forms of child sexual abuse.
Different places and cultures have different issues.
how to prevent child sexual abuse
Child sexual abuse is preventable - it is not inevitable.
It is a public health problem which requires interventions across all levels of society.
Steps towards prevention
The download document below explains the process of abuse and how abusers overcome barriers to abuse.
It also shows how those barriers can be made stronger, so that abuse is prevented.
These barriers involve:
- The individual at risk of abusing
- The child or young person at risk of being abused
- Protective adults and young people
Steps towards prevention.pdfdownload
Preventing abuse theory
The download document (below) outlines how child sexual abuse can be prevented by taking a public health approach to the problem.
The document explains what is required to address the problem effectively, using interventions and programmes targeting specific groups.
These interventions can be made at different stages of life and at various stages in the abuse process.
Preventing abuse theory.pdfdownload
Here are some first steps you can take
Think about child sexual abuse in your community
What are the strengths in your community? What are the problems?
Bring people together
Who can you ask to help? Who can help prevent child sexual abuse?
Decide a way forward
Which problems are most common and need to change first?
These documents (below) will help you create a child sexual abuse prevention strategy
Developing your strategy
What to think about when planning a strategy? What sort of things should it include?
A working tool
Plan and record your own strategy.
Strategy template and examples
Example strategies which will help you when planning your own strategy.
Interventions and resources from across the globe
The map below shows where the international interventions and resources on this website have come from.
Identify interventions of interest
You can use the left hand search function below to find the interventions and resources that are most relevant for you.
Note: the descriptions of interventions and resources below are based on published research or documentation from the relevant organisation. Where available, evaluation information is included. Inclusion of an intervention or resource in this toolkit is not necessarily an indication of effectiveness; more of promise. When using an intervention or resource from this website, you will need to adapt it to make it relevant to your own context.
Please contact us with any feedback and information about additional interventions that could usefully be included:
A theatre production for advocacy against child sexual abuse and exploitation performed by those who have experienced abuse themselves on the streets of the Philippines. An educational campaign focussing on commercial sexual exploitation. Leaflets, posters and online banners were used in English, Polish, Ukrainian and Russian. Preventative workshops were also delivered to young people and a helpline was made available.
ECPAT Supporting Marginalised Youth in Brazil
An intervention aimed at targeting marginalised transsexual young people to help prevent commercial sexual exploitation.
Hope for Children and Families: Working with Sexual Abuse Child and Family Training
Training aimed at parents of children who have been sexually abused and at young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviours.
Kid & Teen Safe: An Abuse Prevention Programme for Youth with Disabilities
A school-based prevention education project to assist in empowering children, youth and young adults with disabilities to understand and advocate for their rights to personal safety and to learn skills that can help reduce the risk of violence.
My Life My Choice
A continuum of services aimed at preventing the commercial sexual exploitation of girls. Includes survivor mentoring for young victims, prevention groups, and training for youth service providers. Services are provided in birth and foster home settings, in residential care and in schools.
Protect and Respect
A programme for children and young people who have been affected by, or are vulnerable to, child sexual exploitation. Group work sessions are combined with one-to-one work and delivered by those who already work with children and young people.
SAFE - Personal Safety Skills for Deaf Children
A group work programme used by professionals working with deaf children aged 7 and above which aims to help children recognise abuse, avoid situations that might out them at risk and know how to seek help if they have concerns.
Support to End Exploitation (SEEN)
A public-private partnership that responds to child victims of sexual exploitation and young people at risk. 35 inter-agency partners work together to provide a tailored response with an approach which emphasises child development, recovery, treatment and justice.
The Red Card Campaign
An awareness raising campaign linked to the FIFA World Cup 2010. Uses a variety of media to communicate key prevention messages to vulnerable children, tourists and the public.
An advice website and a range of free educational resources that have been tailored for use children ages 4-17 including children with special educational needs. They provide age-appropriate information and advice to help prevent abuse and exploitation.
A group work programme delivered in schools, which focuses on breaking the cycle and secrecyn of abuse by providing positive experiences in order to build self-esteem.
Youth Sparks Voices
A programme which works with girls at risk of sexual trafficking which aims to increase and cultivate their talents and encourage a healthy lifestyle.