The Risk of Online Sexual Abuse (ROSA) Project

Nina Vaswani, Lynsey Mullen, Erifili Efthymiadou, Stuart Allardyce

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This report describes the work of the Risk of Online Sexual Abuse (ROSA) Project, and summarises the findings of the independent evaluation, which the Children and Young People’s Centre for Justice (CYCJ) was commissioned by the Lucy Faithfull Foundation to undertake.

Between 2018 and 2021, Stop It Now! Scotland, as part of The Lucy Faithfull Foundation, piloted the Risk of Online Sexual Abuse (ROSA) Project, an action research project based in Glasgow exploring technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour (TA-HSB) among children and young people.

Funded by the R S Macdonald Charitable Trust, the ROSA Project set out to undertake and evaluate a one-to-one psychoeducational programme for children aged 10 to 18 who have exhibited TA-HSB. Over the course of three years, the project worker worked directly with 68 young people who had exhibited TA-HSB.

CYCJ’s evaluation consisted of analysis of anonymised administrative data gathered and maintained by the project, as well as interviews and surveys with key stakeholders, young people, parents and carers, and referrers.

This paper describes the work of the ROSA Project and summarises the findings of the independent evaluation. For the purposes of the Faithfull Paper, the report also includes some secondary analyses of young people’s behaviour and supplementary materials not included in the independent evaluation. In particular, this report describes findings in relation to young people we worked with directly as part of this project.

Findings from this project were used to inform a second part of the project, working at a secondary school in Glasgow (Shawlands Academy) with pupils, staff and parents to develop and share key knowledge, skills and messages about online safety and TA-HSB. The prevention work in the school is described in the appendix.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGlasgow
Commissioning bodyThe Lucy Faithfull Foundation
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jun 2022


  • online sexual abuse
  • ROSA Project
  • children and young people
  • technology-assisted harmful sexual behaviour


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