In 1998 Tink Palmer, Chief Executive of the Marie Collins Foundation (2009 - 2021), received her first referral from the police regarding a group of children who had been made the subjects of child abuse images. At the time she was the Manager of a therapeutic unit offering services to children and their families for whom sexual abuse was an issue. This initial referral was the start of her growing recognition that the needs of 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. Tink worked in the UK and internationally to better understand the impacts of internet related abuse on the child victims and their families, and from this seed the MCF has grown to what it is today - a dedicated team of specialists with strengths across a breadth of safeguarding disciplines, who advise on capability building across multisectoral partners and governments at local, national and international level. Tink retired as CEO in May 2021 but her great legacy in putting children at the heart of all we do lives on.
All children and young people who suffer sexual abuse facilitated by the internet or otherwise, are supported to recover and live safe and fulfilling lives, free from fear and positive about their future.'
To ensure that the response to children and their families who have suffered harm via the internet or otherwise is based on sound, evidence based practice.
If you place the needs of the child victim and their family at the centre of any investigation or professional intervention you are likely to better safeguard the child and to achieve a proportionate and appropriate response within the criminal justice system.
On the 3rd June 2011, the MCF was registered as a private limited company by Companies House (company number 7657115) – and on the 19th October 2011 it was granted charitable status (charity registered number: 1144355).