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UK-supported workshops to address sexual violence against children in India

The workshops will be held in Chennai, Bengaluru and New Delhi from 25 October to 2 November 2017.

Child sexual abuse

Individuals across India, working to address sexual violence against children in their professional or community capacity will participate in UK-supported knowledge and expertise sharing workshops in Chennai, Bengaluru and New Delhi from 25 October to 2 November 2017. The lead facilitator is UK expert, Donald Findlater.

The workshops are organised by Tulir- Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse, Chennai, Butterflies, New Delhi and Enfold Proactive Health Trust India with support from the British High Commission in India.

Donald Findlater, Child Safeguarding Consultant, Lucy Faithfull Foundation (LFF) UK said:

Communities worldwide are starting to face up to the challenge of child sexual abuse, a global epidemic that harms one in ten children. The UK has built a range of services to respond to perpetrators and victims after abuse but we still need to work hard to prevent it from happening in the first place. Children deserve no less. It’s an honour to share with colleagues in India, to learn from each other and together, create a better future for all our children. All of us must be part of the solution.

Andal Damodaran, President of the Indian Council of Child Welfare and Trustee, Tulir – Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse said:

Considering the universality of child protection issues, it is important to be aware of and adapt approaches and good practice of addressing sexual violence against children from other countries to the Indian context. We look forward to Donald Findlater’s visit and believe the interactions will also give insights to the work with UK’s South Asian community, on similar issues. The common goal after all is every child’s right to be safe from violence, all the time, everywhere.

Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India said:

Chennai-based Tulir has been working since 2004 to prevent and address child sexual abuse (CSA) in India. Donald Findlater is a world-renowned expert whose knowledge and expertise has informed UK and global CSA research, policy and practice. I am pleased that our support to Tulir offers the chance not only for the UK to share experience with interested individuals across India on this important subject but also for the UK to learn from India’s own experience.

The workshops will be attended by experienced and emerging practitioners from across India involved in addressing CSA including social workers, child protection functionaries, educators, response sector professionals.

Workshop themes include:

  • changing aspects of sexual violence
  • focus on internet
  • profile of online predators
  • safety measures
  • public education
  • keeping children and young people safe from sexual abuse (online and offline)
  • preventing CSA in institutions
  • safer recruitment and sound policies understanding
  • responding to institutional-based abuse

Further information

Workshop dates/themes:

Webinar: Addressing youth-perpetrated sexual violence [sexting, peer abuse, abuse within the family and prevention]
Date: 25 October 2017
Time: 1430 hrs


Workshop Date Place Contact
Changing aspects of sexual violence: focus on Internet, profile of online predators, safety measures, institutional abuse inquiry 26 October 2017 Bengaluru Enfold Proactive Health Trust India
Promoting positive pathways to prevent young people exhibit harmful sexual behaviour - Improving outcomes for young people and their families 27 October 2017 New Delhi Butterflies, New Delhi
Public education - Keeping children and young people safe from sexual abuse (online and offline), preventing CSA in institutions – safer recruitment and sound policies understanding and responding to institutional based abuse & lecture on preventing CSA using a public health framework 30 October to 2 November 2017 Chennai Tulir

Donald Findlater has been working in the area of CSA prevention for over 20 years including advising/shaping sex offender policy and practice. He was, until recently, Director of Research and Development with child protection charity, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation and remains consultant supporting international CSA developments. In 2002 with funding from the UK government Home Office, he set up Stop it Now! UK and Ireland - a CSA prevention campaign. In 2009, he and colleagues set up the CSA prevention website Parents Protect for parents/carers and he is currently revising and extending the ECSA website – Eradicating CSA which includes details of CSA prevention programmes from across the globe and helps the development of evidence-informed CSA prevention. He has also served as Board Member of the Independent Safeguarding Authority and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

For details on workshops, please contact Tulir or email to:

For details on UK support, please contact:

Rudy Fernandez,
Head, Press & Public Affairs,
British Deputy High Commission Chennai.
Ph: +91-9840340282

Mail to: Rudy Fernandez

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Published 24 October 2017