If you know or suspect a child is being sexually abused or exploited, there are many organisations that can give you support and advice.
Contact Stop it Now! Helpline - 0808 1000 900
This is a confidential helpline for adults who are worried about the sexual behaviour of another individual towards children. It is also designed for individuals who are concerned about their own sexual thoughts or behaviour towards children. In addition the Helpline deals with parents and carers worried about the sexual behaviour of children and young people. The Helpline operates from 9am-9pm Monday-Thursday and from 9am-5pm on Friday. Stop it Now! it also provides help via anonymous email on firstname.lastname@example.org, with a response in 3-5 working days. More information can also be found on www.stopitnow.org.uk.
Contact the NSPCC Helpline - 0808 800 5000
The NSPCC is the UK's leading charity dedicated to stopping child abuse. You can call their child protection helpline or contact them via email at email@example.com
Other useful links can be found here.
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The Police Disclosure Scheme (Sarah's Law)
Keeping children safe: your right to ask for a police check
If you are worried about someone in your child's life, you can get them checked by the police to see if they have a record of child sexual offences. You can access the above to find out what you need to do to get someone checked.
Find out more about the Police Disclosure Scheme ane what you need to do to get someone checked here.
Childline - 0800 1111www.childline.org.uk
Get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online. You can also send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards.
Helpline: 0808 800 2222
Parentline Plus is a national charity that works for, and with, parents. It works to offer help and support through an innovative range of free, flexible, responsive services - shaped by parents for parents.
08457 90 90 90
Samaritans provides confidential emotional support 24/7 to those experiencing despair, distress or suicidal feelings.
Supportline: 0845 30 30 900
Victim Support is the national charity for victims of crime in England and Wales.
MOSAC (Mothers of Sexually Abused Children)www.mosac.org.uk
MOSAC is a voluntary organisation supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. They provide advocacy, advice and information, befriending, counselling, play therapy and support groups following alleged child sexual abuse. Visit their website or call their national helpline on 0800 980 1958.
NAPAC is the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. It is a registered charity providing support and information for people abused in childhood.
Helpline: 0845 1221201. Survivors UK provides information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused. Thousands of men contact them each year.
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace)www.paceuk.info
Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) works alongside parents and carers whose children are or are at risk of being sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family. They also offer guidance and training to professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family. They were formerly known as CROP.
Lifecentre is a UK based charity that supports survivors of rape & sexual abuse. It offers a national helpline and a counselling team based in Sussex, England.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapywww.bacp.co.uk
Provides a list of counsellors and psychotherapists and professional bodies offering therapy.
The Blast Projectwww.mesmac.co.uk/projects/blast
The Blast project is the UK's leading male only sexual exploitation project supporting and advocating for boys and young men. They deliver 1.1 emotional and practical support group work in educational settings, and training and support for professionals. They also offer an anonymous reporting mechanism on their website for anyone concerned about a boy being sexually exploited. In addition to online and phone support, face to face contact is available in Leeds and Bradford and other services are available nationally. More information is available on their website.
You can also learn more about how to protect children from harm through our child sexual abuse awareness video.