Information and Support
If you, or someone you know, have been affected by the issues raised in this programme, the following organisations can help:
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. For further information contact them by phone, text, email or visit their website.
Phone: 0808 800 5000
Text: text 88858
Helpline for child sexual exploitation investigation
The NSPCC has set up a dedicated helpline to specifically support the investigation into child sexual exploitation in Northern Ireland.
Please contact the helpline if you need advice, information or if you have concerns about a child at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse.
Their staff will provide 24 hour advice and support to callers so that protective action can be taken to safeguard children and young people. Callers to the helpline can remain anonymous.
Tel: 0800 389 1701
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 by phone 24 hours a day, every day, alternatively visit their website.
Phone: 0800 1111
(24 hours a day, everyday) - Calls are free from all existing networks – landline and mobile.
National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC)
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) is a charity that offers support, advice and guidance to adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. For further information contact them by phone or visit their website.
Phone: 0800 085 3330
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)
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 Homepage 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.
Lifeline is the crisis response counselling helpline for people suffering distress or despair in Northern Ireland. Whatever your age or circumstances if you or someone you know are suffering, Lifeline is there to help. For immediate support call their freephone number in confidence, or for further information visit their website.
Freephone: 0808 808 8000 (24 hours a day)
Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope round the clock, every single day of the year. They provide a safe place to talk where calls are completely confidential. Get in touch by phone or email or find the details for the local branch online.
Phone: 08457 90 90 90