Keeping children and young people safe from sexual abuse - here are some ways we can make sure this happens.
These ‘Parents Protect’ short films will tell you what you need to know about child sexual abuse and how to prevent it, including spotting the signs.
Sexual Abuse Learning Programme - Parents Protect
Create a Family Safety Plan
A family safety plan can help you create a safer environment, educate everyone in the family and have important discussions.
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation has a template which makes this easy for you.
Parents Protect - Create a family safety plan
It’s never too early to talk with your children about privacy and what is ok and not ok. Pantosaurus makes this easy.
Talk PANTS & Join Pantosaurus - The Underwear Rule
Keep safe online
Keeping your family safe online – it’s never too soon to put things in place to keep children and young people safe online:
Our top tips on online safety
Know the signs of Sexual Exploitation
This is a type of child sexual abuse. It is when an individual or group take advantage of an imbalance of power, to trick a child (anyone under 18) in to receiving ‘something’ in exchange for performing sexual acts, and/or having others perform sexual acts on them.
‘Something’ can mean material things such as: somewhere to live, food, drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gifts or money. It can also mean emotional things such as: status, protection, affection, someone to talk to or a perceived relationship. Find out more here
Are you worried your child is being sexually exploited?
Children’s sexual behaviour – know what is ok and not ok
This information based on traffic light colours will help you recognise what is normal and what is worrying sexual behaviour in children and young people:
Parents Protect - Traffic light tools for parents carers and professionals
Be ready to listen
It’s not easy for children and young people to tell adults about their concerns. Having an adult that they can trust can make a huge difference.
If a child approaches you, make sure that you take them seriously, listen carefully, reassure them, make a note of what they have said, and pass on the information.
If you want to talk about any of these things and get support as a family, find your local team here:
Conwy Family Life
If you have experienced sexual abuse and would like to report it, contact our local Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre
Amethyst - Sexual Assault Referral Centre North Wales - Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (nhs.wales)
If you have experienced sexual abuse as a child, and are now an adult, help and support is available from Stepping Stones North Wales
Stepping Stones (steppingstonesnorthwales.co.uk)