Support and Services - Reporting Abuse
If you are worried about someone's behaviour towards a child, which leads you to suspect they may be abusing or exploiting that child, you must take action. You should do one or all of the following:
- Contact your local police
- Contact your local Children's Social Services
- Make a report online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
- Contact the Stop It Now! helpline
- Contact the NSPCC helpline
If a child is in immediate danger, call 999. If not, all police forces have other ways in which you can get in touch, including a non-emergency phone number which you will find in a telephone directory or online. Calling 101 will direct you to your local police force. An automated system will lead you to someone who can direct you to the appropriate department. You can get in contact with your local neighbourhood police team. Visit your local police force website for details or go to direct.gov.uk and search for 'police'.
Children's Social Services
You can also get in touch with your local Children's Social Services and contact details will be found online or through local telephone directories.
Contact the CEOP Centre
The CEOP centre CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) is the UK's national police agency set up to tackle child sexual abuse and exploitation. If you are worried about someone's inappropriate behaviour towards a child, either online or offline, you can report this at ceop.police.uk.
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 here, with a response in 5-7 working days. More information can also be found on 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Other useful links can be found here.
For more information on child protection follow this link to our FAQs.