Concerned about a child's behaviour?
Have you got concerns about a child or young person’s sexual behaviour around other children? Does a child you know do or say things you feel are inappropriate or that make you uncomfortable? Has a child you know taken sexual exploration too far?
As parents and carers, we all want to do the best we can to protect our children, while giving them the freedom they need to develop towards adulthood.
It is very disturbing to suspect that your child, or a child you know, may be sexually harming someone else. It is so much easier to dismiss such thoughts and put them down to imagination.
You may also be worried about the possible consequences of taking action. But help is available and it is better to talk over the situation with someone at the time, rather than to discover later that you were right to be concerned. And remember, you are not alone.
If you are worried that your son or daughter may be sexually harming another child, or if you suspect that your child is being abused, act now. Action can lead to abuse being prevented, and children who are being abused receiving protection and help to recover. It can also lead to the abuser getting effective help or treatment to stop abusing and to grow up as a safer member of our community. We need to get support for ourselves too.
No parent wants to think their child has sexually harmed another. So if you have any fear at all please call. We know it’s a difficult thing to do, but people who care and who know how to help are ready to take your call.
If you are at all worried over a child’s sexual behaviour then call the Stop it Now!, freephone confidential helpline on 0808 1000 900 or email email@example.com for advice, support and information. Please bear in mind there will be a delay in response to the email service, for an immediate response please call our confidential Helpline - 0808 1000 900.
Our telephone Helpline offers a confidential service for people seeking advice and support. This means that when contacting us you do not have to give any identifying information such as address, telephone number or last name.
However, if you do give us identifying information and we are concerned that a child is at risk or a criminal offence has been committed which the police may not be aware of, we will have to pass on that information to the appropriate agencies.
We also offer a confidential e-mail service, firstname.lastname@example.org, on which you can contact us. Your e-mail address will not be displayed. Due to high demand for this service, we are unfortunately unable to offer an immediate response to your enquiry. We aim to respond to all emails within 3-5 working days but if your enquiry is urgent please call the confidential Helpline 0808 1000 900.Due to high demand for our email service we are unable to offer an immediate response. We aim to respond to all emails within 3-5 working days but if your enquiry is urgent please call the confidential Helpline 0808 1000 900. We aim to respond to all emails within 3-5 working days but if your enquiry is urgent please call the confidential Helpline 0808 1000 900.We aim to respond to all emails within 3-5 working days but if your enquiry is urgent please call the confidential Helpline 0808 1000 900.