Free sexual abuse leaflet from NSPCC helps parents to protect children

In the wake of recent news stories about allegations of sexual abuse against children, the NSPCC is making its recently published booklet for parents and carers, ‘What can I do? Protecting your child from sexual abuse,’ available for free to parents and professionals working with families.  

The resource contains guidance for parents on how to spot the signs of abuse and advice on what to do if a child says they have been abused. It also offers help and advice on how to move forward after abuse, and signposts to appropriate organisations for further support.

John Cameron, Head of the NSPCC's helpline, said: 

“We’ve seen a huge surge in calls to our helpline since the Jimmy Savile revelations came to light in October. Even several months down the line the number of calls we are getting about all types of child abuse - not just sex abuse - that are so serious we need to refer the information on to the authorities is up by 50%.

“As a leading children’s charity specialising in the field of child protection it is vital that the NSPCC does all it can to support parents in keeping their children safe from harm. We know that people can often find it hard to report concerns about a child, especially if – as is so often the case – the abuser is someone close to the family. We also know how difficult it can be to spot the signs of abuse in the first place. This is why we have produced the ‘What can I do?’ leaflet and are making it available to the public as a free resource. Professionals working in the field of child protection can also use the leaflet to help the families they work with to keep their children safe.” 

Parents who would like a free copy of the booklet can order it by calling 0808 800 5000 or emailing help@nspcc.org.uk and quoting reference FL-SA. For a limited time - and while stocks last - professionals working with families can also order up to ten free copies. It is also available to download for free from the NSPCC.

If you have concerns about a child or want advice you can contact the NSPCC 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 0808 800 5000, emailing help@nspcc.org.uk, texting 88858 or using an online reporting form. The service is free and you don’t have to say who you are.