We know that abusers often threaten or scare children or make themselves indispensable to the child and those around them, that telling is not an option for the child. It’s always best to help children keep safe in the first place, but parents and carers can need support to talk to children about it.
The NSPCC developed the Underwear Rule to help parents protect their children from sexual abuse. It's a simple way that parents (and others) can help keep children safe from sexual abuse – without using scary words or even mentioning sex.
Find out more and download simple guides from the NSPCC’s website.
The NSPCC website hosts a range of resources for professionals about child abuse and neglect, including research, statistics, factsheets and briefings. Visit the NSPCC website.