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Stop-It Now! Sexual Abuse Awareness Week 2022

PCH and partner organisations across the city are promoting a new Stop It Now campaign, focussing on targeting potential perpetrators who pose a risk to children.   

In a 2021 threat assessment, the National Crime Agency estimated that between 550,000 and 850,000 people in the UK pose a sexual risk to children, both online and off-line – with evidence suggesting that the problem increased during lockdown.

The Stop-It Now! Campaign focusses on helping people who may be worried about their own sexual thoughts and feelings towards children, informing those who may be at risk of offending of confidential help to stop their behaviour.

The campaign promotes the Stop It Now! confidential helpline and website for people to read and understand what triggers their illegal behaviour and get support they need to tackle illegal behaviour.

The campaign in Plymouth will feature across the city’s social media networks and ask people to question their own thoughts and behaviours.

The new helpline provides a safe space for people to talk about their concerns and help to prevent child sexual abuse. The helpline will help with support on subjects such as:

  • Helping you manage your thoughts and change your behaviour if you’re struggling with inappropriate sexual thoughts
  • Talking through the issues and next steps you can take if you are worried about the way someone behaves around or talks about children
  • If you are concerned about a child or young person’s sexual behaviour
  • Adults concerned about a child or young person who may have been abused
  • Professionals calling for advice
  • Adult survivors or child sexual abuse

Through the Stop It Now! Helpline you can:

  • Talk through the issues and clarify your concerns
  • Explore any immediate child protection considerations
  • Provide information and support to help callers make sense of their situation and think about next steps
  • Discuss options available, including referral to another agency or follow up services
  • Advise callers about actions to consider and agree one or more protective actions to take

The helpline is anonymous and confidential, so you do not have to give any identifying information. However, if any such information is given where a child has been abused, a crime has been committed or there is a risk of harm to anyone including children or yourself then the information will be passed on.

Visit: Stop It Now! Or call on 0808 1000 900.