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Welcome to the Family and Friends section of the Stop it Now! Get Support website. This part of the site is for wives and partners, parents, all adult family members and friends of people who they suspect or know may be engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviours involving children.

There are several reasons why you might have come to the Stop it Now! Get Support website. This might be because:

  • Someone you are close to may have told you they experience sexual thoughts about children
  • Someone you are close to may have committed a contact sexual offence against a child
  • You may have concerns about the behaviour of someone you know towards children

The website offers free, anonymous self-help for those wishing to use the materials themselves or with the help of a family member or friend. It provides information about sexual offences against children and the law, and helps users to identify, explore, and manage their problematic sexual thoughts and/or sexual behaviour involving children.

The Family and Friends section may be read as an entire document if you wish. However, it may be that you are looking for information on a particular topic; for example, Who may experience sexual thoughts about children? or What are the consequences?, in which case you can go straight to that section.

Our aim

is to provide the kind of information that family members need in order to begin to make sense of an extremely challenging situation. The discovery or suspicion that someone close to you is experiencing sexual thoughts about children, or engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviour, is usually very upsetting and people worry about the consequences not just for that person, but for themselves and their families.

You can of course talk to a trained operator on the Stop it Now! confidential Freephone Helpline, or email, but in addition this part of the website contains information that we hope you will find useful as you think about what to do next.

Survey: can you help us improve this website?

This is a new website and it is very important for us that the content is as relevant and effective as possible. We would therefore be extremely grateful if you could provide feedback after you have spent some time working your way through the website. When you visit certain pages on the site you will see a pop-up request to complete a short, online survey. Alternatively, you can return to this welcome page once you have had time to familiarise yourself with the content, and click on the link here to complete the short survey. Take the survey. 

Your participation in this survey will be completely anonymous and you will not be asked for any personal information that could identify you. 

Please note that once you have submitted your completed survey, you will not be able to re-take the survey. If you click on the website link after completing the survey, you will receive a message to say that you have already taken the survey.