Information and Support
If you, or someone you know, have been affected by the issues raised in this programme, the following organisations can help:
Pace (Parents against child sexual exploitation)
Pace (Parents against child sexual exploitation) works alongside parents and carers of children who are – or are at risk of being – sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family, as well as offering guidance and training to professionals on how child sexual exploitation affects the whole family. Pace seeks to enable parents and carers to safeguard and stop their children being sexually exploited, works with parents and partners to disrupt and bring perpetrators to justice, and aims to influence national and local policy and practice.
Phone: 0113 240 3040
Mosac is a voluntary organisation supporting all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. They provide a safe place for parents and carers to come following the trauma of discovering that their child or children have been abused. They offer practical and emotional support in a number of ways, including a telephone helpline, advice sessions, an advocacy service and therapy sessions.
Helpline: 0800 980 1958
ChildLine is the UK’s free, 24-hour confidential helpline for children and young people who need to talk. Trained counsellors are there to provide comfort, support and advice about any problem that’s on your mind. Contact them 24 hours a day, every day, by phone or via their website.
Helpline: 0800 1111
(calls are free from all existing networks – landline and mobile)
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is the UK’s national police agency set up to tackle child exploitation on and offline. If you are worried about someone’s behaviour towards a child online, you can report this on the CEOP website or via the ClickCEOP button available on many websites. CEOP’s Thinkuknow education programme has information for parents, teachers and young people about staying safe on the internet.
Stop it Now! UK and Ireland
Stop it Now! UK and Ireland works to protect children and prevent child sexual abuse. Their helpline offers confidential advice, information and support to anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse and helps callers take the action that is in the best interests of children. The helpline is available to any adult who has concerns relating to child sexual abuse. This includes those who are concerned that an adult or child they know is sexually abusing a child, or is at risk of doing so; is concerned about their own thoughts or behaviour towards children, including an interest in child pornography; or is a parent or carer of a child whose sexual behaviour or interests they find worrying.
Freephone Helpline: 0808 1000 900
(emails received are anonymised to preserve confidentiality and they aim to respond within 3-5 days)
The NSPCC is a charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. They operate a free 24-hour helpline that provides help, advice and support to adults worried about a child.
Helpline: 0808 800 5000
BBC Webwise: Online safety for parents
Advice on social media privacy and online safety from BBC Webwise.
Get Safe Online
Get Safe Online is a leading source of unbiased, factual and easy-to-understand information on online safety.
The site includes advice for parents, guardians and teachers about safeguarding children online.