One of the hardest things for parents or carers to discover is that their child may have sexually harmed or abused another child.
In this situation, denial, shock and anger are normal reactions. If it is not responded to quickly and sensitively, the effect on the whole family can be devastating. It is vital to get professional advice as soon as you suspect something is wrong.
The positive message is that early help for the child or young person and their family can make a real difference. Evidence suggests the earlier children get help, the more chance there is of preventing them moving on to more serious behaviour. It is important to be alert to the early warning signs that something is going wrong. Our parents and carers website; www.parentsprotect.co.uk offers more information about signs to look out for.
If you are in this situation, remember: you are not on your own. Many other parents have been through similar experiences and, as a result, the child and family found the help they needed. The first step is to talk it over with someone else.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, email@example.com, 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.