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Child Abuse or Harm

UPDATED: 15.11.2023
In this section you can find support for non-recent child abuse, child neglect, child harm, grooming, abuse in sport and abuse in education

For Domestic Violence, Female Genital Mutilation, Rape and Sexual Abuse, Trafficking, Slavery, Forced Marriage and Exploitation, and organisations including preventing harmful sexual behaviour please visit the Abuses page


Abuse in Education

NSPCC helpline for children and young people who have experienced abuse at school. Support and guidance for worried adults and professionals.
Helpline 0800 136 663 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am – 2pm)
Email: help@nspcc.org.uk

Brook 

Support information for young people about abuse and unacceptable behaviour

Child Exploitation and Online Protection - CEOP 

Child Exploitation and Online Protection work towards eradicating the sexual abuse of children; part of UK policing helping to track and find offenders.

ChildLine  

ChildLine offer confidential support to young people up to the age of 18. 
Helpline: 0800 11 11 (lines open 24 hours a day) 1-2-1 Chat online (available 24 hours a day)

Child Protection in Sport Unit - CPSU 

Information, advice and support for all involved with children in a sport situation. 

ICON – Babies Cry, You Can Cope 

Working to protect babies and young children from being shaken and harmed. Provides information about infant crying being normal and how comforting methods can help. 

Internet Watch Foundation - IWF 

Anyone who has uncovered child sexual abuse images or videos on the internet can report them anonymously and confidentially to IWF. 

Mosac 

Support for non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused.
Helpline: 0800 980 1958 (lines open Monday, 10am – 4pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am – 2pm, Tuesday 4pm – 6pm)

National Association for People Abused in Childhood - NAPAC 

Providing confidential help and support with recovery, no matter when the abuse took place. 
Helpline: 0808 801 0331 (lines open Monday - Thursday 10am - 9pm, Friday 10am - 6pm)
Email: support@napac.org.uk 

NSPCC  

NSPCC provide confidential advice to anyone worried about the safety or welfare of a child. Services are available in several languages, as well as for deaf and hard of hearing people.
Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am – 8pm)
Email: help@nspcc.org.uk

Pace 

Works alongside parents and carers of children who are – or are at risk of – being exploited by those external to the family.

PANTS campaign 

PANTS is a campaign from the NSPCC that helps parents communicate with their children about protection from abuse. Downloadable guides are available. 

Reporting Child Abuse 

What to do if you’re worried that a child or young person is at risk or is being abused or neglected. 

Talk Now – Scotland 

Counselling service for survivors in Scotland of childhood sexual abuse and family members who may have been affected.
Helpline: 0800 042 0019 (lines open Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 9am – 1pm)

thirtyone:eight 

A Christian organisation aiming to safeguard children and vulnerable adults affected by abuse.
Helpline: 0303 003 1111 (lines open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm)

What is Grooming? 

NSPCC information on grooming and how it happens.