The Marie Collins Foundation

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.

News and Events


Marie Collins appointed by the Pope to new Safeguarding Commission for the Protection of Minors

The Pope has invited Marie Collins, founder trustee of the Marie Collins Foundation, to join the newly established Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

The Children’s Workforce across England is ill-equipped to meet the needs of child victims of online abuse

Findings byThe Marie Collins Foundation, The University Campus Suffolk and Plymouth University on research to ascertain the need for a national programme of professional development and specialist training for those working with children harmed through the internet and related technologies.

Child victims of online abuse let down by lack of training

Frontline professionals charged with supporting child victims of online sexual abuse say they are ill equipped to help them recover or to protect them, according to new research out today.

New MCF patrons

Marie Collins Foundation is delighted to announce the addition of two new patrons