CAP UK (Child Assault Prevention Project) is a community project in Devon that brings parents/carers, school staff and children together to understand how to effectively reduce children’s vulnerability to child abuse and build safer communities for children.
CAP’s mission is to keep children Safe, Strong and Free
CAP works with the whole school community towards reducing children’s vulnerability to abuse, equipping children with skills and strategies necessary to stay safe from harm in an ever-changing society. It helps towards encouraging them to grow up to be strong and confident young people, respecting their own and others’ rights. Please visit https://safestrongfree.org.uk/parents/ for more information.
Unfortunately child abuse is prevalent. There are currently over 51,000 children identified as needing protection from abuse in the UK. NSPCC estimate that for every child identified as needing protection, another 8 are suffering abuse. There were 295,000 calls to ChildLine in 2017.
CAP UK has been culturally tailored and running very successfully in the South West since 1995, reaching thousands of children every year with its important messages. It is designed to raise adults’ awareness around the issues of child abuse in all its forms and to deliver empowering workshops to children in a sensitive and fun way.
With support from funders like the Big Lottery Fund, CAP UK has continued to grow. We have developed the programme to include the technological changes of our times, to help children deal with cyber bullying and how to stay safe on the internet. We now have a specialised programme for Special Needs Schools and run child protection training for adult groups. We also have a programme for young people to help them understand healthy relationships both on and off-line.
CAP is a registered charity, reliant on grants and donations to support our work. We work closely with local statutory agencies. All our facilitators receive extensive training from an accredited CAP trainer, and from local agencies involved in child protection, and have undergone police checks and careful vetting procedures.