Stop it Now – Preventing Child Sex Abuse

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Stop It Now! UK and Ireland is run by The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, the only UK-wide charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse. We are here for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse and its prevention.

We offer free confidential and anonymous advice. There is no judgement – we speak to thousands of people every year and help them take action to protect children and young people.

Our office is open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday. We answer calls here at the Scotland office (0131 556 3535) every weekday from 9am-5pm. If we are busy, then you will be asked to leave a message or we can divert you to our UK helpline (0808 1000 900) which is open 9am–9pm Monday-Thursday and 9am–5pm on Fridays.

Please do leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you do leave a message, please leave a contact number as we do not see numbers of whoever phoned. We are also contactable via

You never have to give us identifying information, so can remain anonymous. But, if you do, and then you give us information that identifies a child who has been – or is at risk of being – abused, or any information which may suggest that any other person is at risk of harm, then we will pass that information on to the appropriate agencies. We will also pass on details of any criminal offence committed.

The support we offer is by face to face, email, phone or video calls if possible. Group work programmes are taking place in person and also online (depending on your needs). Please call us help find out more about our group-work programmes.

Online support and information to stop child sexual abuse

Our website has anonymous and confidential advice and self-help resources to help adults keep children safe, including:

Our prevention website Upstream offers advice to parents, carers and professionals in Scotland to help prevent child sexual abuse and keep children safe. It also gives tips on how to talk to children about online safety and what to do if something is worrying them.

Concerned about a child?

Our confidential helpline, live chat and secure email are here for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse prevention. Find out more through the link below and follow us on social media for updates.

We work to prevent abuse from happening in the first place – and to prevent it from happening again if it already has. As a child protection charity, we campaign and raise awareness across the UK to help adults to do their part to stop child sexual abuse.

We can’t leave it up to children to protect themselves. Adults need to know where the risks of child sexual abuse come from, how to spot the signs, and how to respond.

What if you’re a survivor of online sexual abuse or grooming?

If you are a survivor of online child sexual abuse, you can contact the following charities and organisations for support.

NSPCC Childline – a free helpline (0800 1111) for children run by the NSPCC. All calls are confidential and you won’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.

The Marie Collins Foundation – the UK charity for children who are victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation via the internet.