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


Charity demands UK taskforce to help child victims of online abuse

THE UK’s leading charity dedicated to supporting child victims of online sexual abuse is today calling for a UK government taskforce to tackle the abuse of young people via the internet and digital technology.

From discovery to recovery

On the 9th July 2015 the MCF in partnership with BT will be hosting an international conference to address the recovery needs of children sexual abused online.

Marie Collins Foundation welcomes the setting up of a Global Fund to help tackle online child sexual exploitation.

The Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) welcomes the potential changes to legislation and the setting up of a Global Fund to help tackle online child sexual exploitation.

BT and Marie Collins Foundation Programme to help online sexual abuse victims

BT and the Marie Collins Foundation (MCF), the only children’s charity in the UK devoted to helping children and their families who have suffered online sexual abuse and exploitation, have announced a groundbreaking partnership to pilot a new programme that will eventually train all front-line workers to help children harmed in this way.