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MCF lends its support to Prevent ‘Let’s Talk About It’

MCF lends its support to Prevent ‘Let’s Talk About It’

August 05, 2020

​At MCF we recognise that partnering with colleagues in the fight against online sexual abuse is vital if we are to protect children and young people. Prevent is the Government’s safeguarding service.

Research Analyst (Global Protection online Network) - Job Vacancy

Research Analyst (Global Protection online Network) - Job Vacancy

July 29, 2020

The post of Research Analyst offers an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to contribute to the development of the MCF Global Protection online Network and its associated projects.

Project to keep children safe online launched in Kirklees

Project to keep children safe online launched in Kirklees

July 01, 2020

​Marie Collins Foundation has launched a pilot initiative in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, to raise awareness about the increased risks to young people spending time online during the coronavirus lockdown

MCF sets out Five Year Strategic Plan

MCF sets out Five Year Strategic Plan

June 17, 2020

The Marie Collins Foundation has unveiled its new Five Year Plan, setting out its ambitions, areas of work and target outcomes up to 2025.

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