Who we are

Introduction

The Marie Collins Foundation (MCF), founded in 2011, is a charity based in the UK that is leading the way both nationally and internationally when it comes to responding when a child is sexually abused online. We are dedicated to supporting victims of technology assisted child sexual abuse and exploitation on their recovery journey to go on to live safe and fulfilling lives. We provide a voice for the victim and survivor community and support professionals who work with young people through training, mentoring, and promoting the sharing of best practice. We advocate for victims and survivors by lobbying and sharing our expertise with government and policy makers to improve safeguarding responses for victims and their families. Our work is based on sound evidence of need, thus we both commission and participate in academic research. We are currently researching what constitutes effective support to victim and survivors across five countries to contrast and compare practice with that of the UK and help identify what works.

We have a dedicated team of experienced professionals and an extensive network of trusted partners and affiliates around the world who share, and are committed to achieving our vision.

Our Vision

Any child harmed by technology-assisted child sexual abuse will be supported throughout their recovery journey.

Our Aim

To ensure that the response to children and their families who have been the victim of technology-assisted child sexual abuse is based on sound, evidence-based practice.

Our Principle

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.

Our Values

Our values demonstrate who we are, what we stand for and how we act. They guide us as a team and form the basis of our organisational culture and how we aspire to work every day. They underpin our strategy and business planning and drive our decision making and our communications.

Victim and Survivor Focus: We believe in placing victims and survivors at the heart of MCF, guiding our work and informing our decision making.

Empowerment: We believe in the courage and strengths of victims and survivors, creating and promoting tools and services that work, led by the expertise of those with lived experience.

Innovation: We believe in innovating and evolving to adapt to an ever-changing world and in influencing industry, academics, and other organisations to find new ways to ensure victims not only survive but thrive.

Partnership working: We believe in the power of partnerships and collaboration to improve the response to technology assisted child sexual abuse and thereby improve outcomes for victims and their families.

Respect: We believe in treating everyone with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate inappropriate, discriminatory, victim-blaming, offensive, or harmful behaviour.

Integrity: We believe in being open, transparent and honest, creating an inclusive and respectful culture which everyone can trust.

Inclusive: We recognise the value of diversity and we continue to challenge any practice or obstacles that prevents this.


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“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