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Schools, children and tackling online abuse - National research under way

Schools, children and tackling online abuse - National research under way

May 04, 2018

A survey to establish the scale of online peer on peer sexual abuse among children of school age across Britain has been launched by the UK’s leading charity providing support to victims.

Webinar to help protect children in sport

Webinar to help protect children in sport

April 06, 2018

Marie Collins Foundation CEO Tink Palmer has taken part in a webinar to highlight the impact on victims of viewing indecent images of children online.

Book now for 2018 'From Discovery to Recovery' Conference

Book now for 2018 'From Discovery to Recovery' Conference

March 07, 2018

Marie Collins Foundation has announced that booking is now open for its fourth International London Conference: From Discovery to Recovery.

Indecent Images Campaign - An Offender's Story

Indecent Images Campaign - An Offender's Story

February 15, 2018

A convicted offender gives a rare and unique insight into how and why they might risk everything to do it

About The Marie Collins Foundation

What we do

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.

To find out more about the Marie Collins Foundation see our video on YouTube


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.

“It is comforting to see that the Marie Collins Foundation is trying to address the issues of children harmed online and enabling front line practitioners to conduct work with children that is based on relevant research. I will be a regular visitor to the website and will be advertising the charity in the workshops I facilitate.”

Social worker, MCF training attendee

Marie Collins Foundation Partners