Together we can stop child sexual abuse 

 

Together, we can stop child sexual abuse. If you’re worried something isn’t right, you’ve come to the right place. You’re not alone – there’s always someone who will listen to you and take what you say seriously. This page will help you find support – whether it’s for you, or someone you know.

What you can do next

Find out more if you’re worried about child sexual abuse

Contact 999 if someone is at immediate risk. If you need someone to talk to, you can call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

If you’re concerned about a child or young person, find out how to contact their local children’s social care team

How to use this site

Click on the description which best matches you. We’ll provide you with more information, helplines and advice on what you can do next.

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  • You have a right to be safe. If something’s happened, it can be very hard to talk about it to someone else. You’re not alone, and lots of other people have experienced what you’re going through. You can always get help, and if you speak to someone, you will be taken seriously. Find ways you can start the conversation on Childline’s website.

Call

  • You can speak to someone over the phone from Childline, a free helpline for young people. The number won’t appear on your phone bill. Call: 0800 1111 (from 7:30am – 3:30am every day) or visit the Childline website to speak to someone online, if you’d prefer.
  • You can also speak to the NSPCC on 0800 136 663 (from 8:00am – 10:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am – 6:00pm Saturday to Sunday) via their new helpline if you’ve experienced sexual abuse at school.

What you can do next

  • It can be really hard, but it’s a good idea to speak to an adult you trust. This could be a teacher, a family member, your GP or anyone else you feel safe with.
  • Find out how to speak to a GP.
  • Find out how to report what has happened online.

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  • It can take time to understand what happened in the past and how it has affected your life. All children have a right to be safe. It can be very hard to speak about what happened, but it’s never too late to reach out for support. Learn more about the support on offer.

Call

  • Victim Support operates a free and confidential 24/7 helpline every day of the year on 0808 16 89 111 and a live chat service on their website.
  • You can also speak to the NSPCC on 0800 136 663 (from 8:00am – 10:00pm Monday to Friday and 9:00am – 6:00pm Saturday to Sunday) via their new helpline if you’ve experienced sexual abuse at school.

What you can do next

  • Reaching out for support is a big step – but there are people who will listen, take you seriously and help you find the support you need.
  • The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) offers support for adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse.
  • When you are ready, you can report what happened to the police. You can make a report online.

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  • If you see a nude photo or video of anyone under the age of 18, don’t share it – it’s against the law to pass this on, even if the person in the photo or video took it themselves, or sent it to you.
  • You can find more information about what to do if you receive a nude image.

Call

  • You can speak to someone over the phone from Childline, a free helpline for young people. The number won’t appear on your phone bill. Call: 0800 1111 (from 7:30am – 3:30am every day) or visit the Childline website to speak to someone online, if you’d prefer.

What you can do next

  • If someone has taken or shared a photo or video of you that you’re not comfortable with, talk to an adult you trust.
  • You can report a nude image or video that’s been posted online.
  • If you’ve accidentally discovered inappropriate imagery of children online, you can report it on the IWF site.

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  • If you’ve noticed something’s changed with a friend or they’ve come to you for help, it’s really important to speak to someone you trust. This could be a teacher, a member of your family or someone else you feel safe with.
  • You might have a feeling that something isn’t right with someone you know. You can find more information about sexual abuse, the signs to look out for and how best to support a friend.

Call

  • You can speak to someone over the phone from Childline, a free helpline for young people. The number won’t appear on your phone bill. Call: 0800 1111 (from 7:30am – 3:30am every day) or visit the Childline website to speak to someone online, if you’d prefer.

What you can do next

  • If you think your friend is in danger, call the police on 999 to get help straight away.
  • If something has happened, you can report it online.

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  • Most children who are being abused are not able to talk about what is happening to them. Children can show signs of abuse in very different ways, so being aware of any change in behaviour is important.
  • If you want to find more information, visit Parents Protect, a useful resource which can help you understand ways to protect your child and spot if something’s not right.

Call

  • If you are worried about your child and you’re not sure what to do, you can speak to a member of staff at the NSPCC by calling their helpline on 0808 800 5000, or by visiting their website. They can help you to take the next step to make sure no child is suffering abuse.

What you can do next

  • The best way to find out what is going on is to talk to your child. For advice on how to start these difficult conversations, you can use the NSPCC’s Talk to Me tool.
  • If you have a young child, the NSPCC’s PANTS campaign can help teach them about respect and privacy.
  • Mosac offers confidential support for parents and carers.
  • All child sexual abuse should be reported to the police to keep children safe. Call 999 if a child is at immediate risk or report online.

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  • Taking action when you notice something isn’t right could save a child’s life. If you see behaviour in an adult or child that causes you concern, there’s a chance you could be right. Doing something could make all the difference.
  • To find out more about how you might recognise abuse in everyday life, visit the Children’s Society’s Look Closer campaign.

Call

  • If you think something isn’t right, and you’re not sure what to do, you can speak to a member of staff at the NSPCC by calling their helpline on 0808 800 5000, or by visiting their website. They can help you to take the next step to make sure no child is suffering abuse.

What you can do next

  • If you’re worried that a child or young person is at risk, contact their local children’s social care team.
  • If you’ve accidentally discovered sexual imagery of children online, you can report it on the IWF site.

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What you can do next

  • If you’re concerned about a child in your care, you should follow your organisation’s safeguarding procedures.
  • If you’re worried that a child or young person is at risk, and you’d like to make a report, you can contact their local children’s social care team.

You can call the police on 999, no matter what time of day, if you or someone you know is in danger.

Find out how to report child abuse

Keeping children safe is a priority for this Government. Find out more about the Government’s Tackling Child Abuse Strategy