What we need to know to protect our children from sexual abuse

This booklet aims to provide the information parents and carers need to recognise the warning signs of abuse and to build the confidence to do something about it.


Why do we need to know about child sexual abuse?
What is child sexual abuse?
What about child pornography?
Who sexually abuses children?
Why do they do it?
How do they do it?
What stops us seeing abuse?
What do we need to know?
What about older children and teenagers?
This all sounds very worrying – can’t adults be safe with children?
What can we do to prevent children being sexually abused?
What can we do if we suspect that someone we know is abusing a child or thinking about doing so?

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