What’s going on?
Usually, but not always, the child or young person causing the harm is older than the victim. Often victims are uncomfortable or confused about what is happening and may feel they are willingly involved, but they do not understand the behaviour is harmful.
Similarly, children and young people who behave in a harmful sexual manner may be uncomfortable or confused about their behaviour and will rarely understand why they are behaving in such a way.
Some children have a history of abuse or feeling insecure which contributes to their need to behave in a sexually harmful manner.
Whatever the cause of a child or young person’s sexually harmful behaviour, it is important to stop it before it goes any further.
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.
If you are worried about a child or young person who has been accessing sexual material online, then take a look at our 'What's the problem?' Parents Pack, a guide for parents and carers.
If you are a professional working with a child or young person who has been accessing sexual material online, then take a look at our Get Help website for further information and advice.
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.