A programme to reduce rates of child sexual abuse has trained more than 600 police officers to recognise the signs of abuse.
Stop it Now! Scotland has trained officers from across eight forces to understand child sexual abuse, the telltale signs, and the appropriate steps to prevent abuse happening in the first place.
Child protection chiefs said the project had raised awareness and helped safeguard more children.
William Manson, Stop it Now! Scotland project manager said: "We need to get real about child sexual abuse and dispel some of the myths that are out there. We know that most abuse is committed by people who the children know in the home, not by strangers.
“So much of this goes unreported and that's why adults need to know the signs to look out for and what to do about it. We cannot leave the child to be the one to take action.
"It is estimated that one in six children across Scotland experience sexual abuse before the age of 16. By working with the police we have been able to spread vital sexual abuse prevention messages at a local level within communities.
“We are hoping that the expansion of the project and training professionals from other community-facing agencies will increase awareness to the issue and, most importantly, protect a greater number of children from harm."
As part of the programme, officers act as “prevention agents”, providing hundreds of adults and families with vital information about how they can help tackle the problem of child sexual abuse and protect the children in their lives from harm. A toolkit is distributed to answer the most frequently asked questions about abuse.
Assistant Chief Constable Graham Sinclair, of ACPOS, said: "A large part of the work of the police service is protecting the vulnerable in our communities.
"We work closely with organisations such as Stop it Now! Scotland and welcome the development of the Upstream Project and the opportunities it presents for officers working in the community to learn more about the threats to children and how they can share important information with the people who need to know it."