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.
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.