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Keeping Safe

Sexual abuse can be prevented.

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.

Keep safe

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.

Read more about healthy sexual behaviour and talking about difficult topics on the NSPCC website.


The NSPCC website includes information for parents on keeping children safe from abuse and guidance on what to do if you suspect abuse.


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.

The NSPCC provide expert training and consultancy services to professionals as well as freely accessible library and information services.

Anyone wanting to keep up to date on developments in child protection can sign-up for weekly email alerts or follow Caspar news @NSPCCpro on Twitter.


For support or if you're are concerned that a child has been sexually abused please contact the NSPCC 24 hour helpline.
Tel: 0808 800 5000

Front Door

If you have a concern that a child is vulnerable or at risk of significant harm please contact the Children's Front Door:
Phone: 01904 551900


If you think a child is in immediate danger contact the police on 999.