Stop to Listen

Stop to Listen posterIt is often difficult for children and young people to know who they can talk to about sexual abuse and exploitation.

Sometimes when they do talk about it, the responses from services can leave children and young people feeling confused and unsupported. Some tell us that they wonder whether they did the right thing by speaking out, as it can leave them with different worries and issues to deal with.

Stop to Listen wants to ensure that children and young people in Scotland get a great experience, whoever they choose to talk to. We will begin this journey by working with four local authority areas: Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Perth & Kinross and North Ayrshire to make small changes to practice, with a view to ensuring that services are child centred when responding to child sexual abuse. We will also talk to children and young people who have experienced child protection processes to hear about how they found this, and capture when this worked for them and when they feel that things could have been done better.

Stop to Listen pilots will then be evaluated, to see what difference this has made for children and young people.


PROMISE: Promoting multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims and witnesses of violence

PROMISE aims at promoting child-friendly multi-disciplinary and interagency services supporting child victims of violence, providing them with access to justice, avoiding re-victimization and ensuring high professional standards for recovery.

Read the PROMISE vision about the Barnahus model and supporting children’s rights to justice and care in Europe.