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Protecting children from sexual abuse

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Information and advice for parents, carers and people in the community
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Keeping children and young people safe from sexual abuse - here are some ways we can make sure this happens.

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Activity_TorchThese ‘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

Activity_FamilyA 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

Talk Pants

Activity_UndiesIt’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

Activity_iPadsKeeping 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

Activity_HotThis 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

Activity_Traffic LightsThis 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

Activity_ChatIt’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.

Report concerns

Further Support

Activity_CoupleIf 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 (

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 (

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