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NOTA Prevention Committee

NOTA Prevention Sub Committee

Terms of Reference 


Sexual violence is a major public health issue that affects everyone, directly or indirectly, and results in long-term social and economic costs.  NOTA recognises the harm caused by sexual violence and offers a unique view and range of skills to help prevent it in the first place and to be a part of the solution to protect all those who are vulnerable to sexual violence in all our communities. 

Events in the UK in recent years (high profile historic sexual abuse cases, an increase in cases of online sexual abuse and in cases of child sexual exploitation) have highlighted the need for a greater focus on prevention, particularly upstream with primary and secondary prevention. The Westminster Government Home Office has established a National Working Group on sexual violence against children and vulnerable adults with a prevention work stream and there is the opportunity to add pace to and inform this work as well as similar work in the devolved nations and in Ireland.

ATSA has established a thriving prevention committee on which NOTA is represented and there is much to learn from the ATSA the experience and the lead they have taken   

    Remit and Focus of the Sub Group:

  • To contribute to the development of awareness raising and practice in relation to the prevention of sexual  abuse against children and adults in the UK and Ireland
  • To focus on all aspects of the prevention of sexual abuse and violence against children and adults and to have a particular focus on primary and secondary prevention 
  • Develop an annual, costed work plan and an annual report for NEC and AGM
  • Report to NOTA NEC
  • Contribute to the NOTA Strategic Plan
  • Meet once a month for one hour by phone. A face to face meeting at NOTA conference will take place
  • Develop a common understanding of what constitutes prevention is in the context of sexual abuse
  • Oversee and drive the development of the Prevention Matters online forum
  • Develop policy positions
  • Facilitate links to other prevention activity in national or local governments or other organisations  

NOTA Prevention Committe Members and Biograhies

NOTA Prevention Committee Blog  

Preventing Adolescent Harmful Sexual Behaviour: A NOTA Think Piece