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Registration is now open for Marie Collins Foundation’s fifth International London Conference: From Discovery to Recovery

Registration is now open for Marie Collins Foundation’s fifth International London Conference: From Discovery to Recovery

January 10, 2019

This annual event has gone from strength to strength and provides a unique opportunity for professionals to come together and share experience, knowledge and best practice.

Kent Conference

Kent Conference

December 13, 2018

The Marie Collins Foundation, in partnership with Kent Safeguarding Children Board and Kent County Council, hosted a very successful conference in Maidstone, Kent on 28th November 2018.



November 07, 2018

A North Yorkshire-based safeguarding expert has joined the Home Secretary and industry professionals at Microsoft’s US headquarters to work jointly on tackling online child sexual abuse.

National special achievement award for Marie Collins

National special achievement award for Marie Collins

October 23, 2018

Marie Collins, a founding trustee and patron of Marie Collins Foundation and a sexual abuse survivor, has been recognised with a national Woman of the Year Award in Ireland.

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