Useful Links

Introduction

If you are a child and have been affected by sexual abuse, grooming or sexual abuse images and you would like to talk to someone or get advice you can contact ChildLine online or call them on 0800 1111, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre on their website to make a report or your local police by calling 101.

If you have stumbled across images online that show a child or young person being sexually abused you can contact the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) at www.iwf.org.uk. 

If you are an adult who has concerns about someone’s sexual behaviour towards children you can contact Stop it Now! on their Helpline 0808 1000 900.

Information about organisations which may be helpful for related issues is below:

Chatroom Safety

Children's Charities

  • Action for Children supports and speaks out for vulnerable children and young people in the UK. Action for Children NetSmart has useful tips about keeping safe online.
  • Childnet International is a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children.
  • The Lucy Faithful Foundation is a UK-wide child protection charity dedicated to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. They work with families that have been affected by abuse.
  • NSPCC is the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and runs ChildLine which is the UK’s free, confidential helpline for children and young people. Trained counsellors are on hand 24 hours a day to provide advice and support by phone and online.

Cyberbullying

Games

  • Thinkuknow provides safety advice for online games.
  • The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE) is the UK video games trade body.

Grooming

  • The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is the UK's national police centre for protecting young people and children from sexual abuse.
  • You should contact your local police if you need immediate assistance.

Internet Safety

  • The UK Safer Internet Centre is a partnership of the IWF, Childnet International and the South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL). Here you can find out the latest advice on how to use the internet and new technologies safely and responsibly.
  • BBC Webwise is the BBC's beginner's guide to the internet.
  • Childnet International is the children's internet charity committed to helping to make the internet a great and safe place for children.
  • Click Clever Click Safe is a UK Council for Child Internet Safety campaign aimed at young people and parents. 
  • Get Safe Online is a joint initiative between the Government, the police and private sector sponsors finance to provide user-friendly advice about online safety for consumers and smaller businesses.
  • Insafe is a European network of Awareness Centres promoting safe, responsible use of the internet and mobile devices to young people.
  • Parents Protect! is a child protection campaign that delivers training to parents, carers and professionals and also operates an educative website designed to raise awareness to child sexual abuse, internet safety and to give you the information you need to protect children.
  • The Thinkuknow website is run by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre and contains information on internet safety and safe surfing for young people and their carers/teachers.
  • The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) unites organisations from industry, charities and the public sector to work with the Government to deliver the recommendations from Dr Tanya Byron's report - Safer Children in a Digital World

Internet Stalking

  • The Network for Surviving Stalking provides advice on what to do if you are being stalked and your rights and the law on stalking and harassment.

School Safety Advice

  • Every Child Matters has published guidance for safer working practice for adults who work with children and young people.
  • Teachtoday provides information and advice for teachers, head teachers, governors and other members of the school workforce about the positive, responsible and safe use of new technologies.
  • Teachernet has published guidance written by Childnet International for the Department for Children, Schools and Families about cyberbullying and advice on ways in which school staff can be protected.

Victim Support

  • The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) is a registered charity providing support and information for people abused in childhood.
  • The Samaritans offer a confidential listening and advice service. You can talk to them any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you on 08457 909090.

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