The Marie Collins Foundation

Marie Collins Foundation is hosting its second international From Discovery to Recovery conference in London on June 28th 2016, once again supported by BT. Co-chaired by Chief Constable Simon Bailey and consultant paediatrician Dr Sharon Cooper, from the USA, the conference will feature a range of keynote speakers presenting the latest global research, innovative practice and compelling real life stories.

The conference furthers MCF’s pledge to develop an international network to enable practitioners, researchers and policy makers to share best practice when intervening where children have been abused online.

Feedback following From Discovery to Recovery 2015:

“It is a credit to the foundation that so many prominent people within this field wanted to be part of the day. One of the main things that resonated with me was that we are all striving for the same aims and therefore need to work in more collaboration with others to achieve this. My associates from the Probation Service expressed (the view) that it was one it the best conferences they have ever been to.”

"It was really useful to hear a range of perspectives on the current challenges, and to meet some very interesting attendees.”

"Thoroughly enjoyed the conference - great range of incredibly experienced and knowledgeable guest speakers. Fantastic to share knowledge with others who I hope I will have the opportunity to meet again and work with in the future.”

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The Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) is the UK charity enabling children who suffer sexual abuse and exploitation via internet and mobile technologies to recover and live safe, fulfilling lives.

We work with children, families, practitioners, Government departments and industry to ensure the response to those harmed reflects current best practice.

If you have been a victim of child sexual abuse and need assistance or would like advice on other internet related issues please see our Useful Links page for organisations that could help.

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In 1998 the Chief Executive of MCF, Tink Palmer, received her first referral from the police regarding a group of children who had been made the subjects of child abuse images. This was the start of her growing recognition that children harmed online and their families require a differential professional response to that of the sexual abuse of children when the internet is not a conduit. Since then Tink has worked extensively in the UK and internationally to better understand the impacts of internet and mobile related abuse.

MCF was registered as a charity in 2011 and works directly with children, young people and families to enable their recovery following sexual abuse involving technology. We also work with practitioners such as social workers and educators and with organisations such as the police to provide training and consultancy services to ensure they are equipped to manage the specific needs of those abused in this way.

Nationally and internationally we work in partnership to raise awareness and knowledge of these issues through workshops, conferences and media activity and through the promotion of research.

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