Concerned about your behaviour? Concerned about someone you know? Concerned about a child's behaviour? Have you been abused?
Need advice on how to protect children? Are you a professional looking for advice?

What YOU can do?

Take appropriate action. If you think a child is in immediate danger call the police on 999 or call your local children’s social services child protection team.

If you have any worries at all then call the Stop it Now! freephone confidential helpline on 0808 1000 900 for advice, support and information.

There are simple steps you can take to protect a child. If you have doubts about a person spending time with children don't allow them to be alone with them; don't force children to kiss or hug people they don't want to - there may be a good reason for their reluctance; if a child doesn't want to spend time with a particular person ask why; tell children it is OK to say no or to ask for help if someone hurts them or makes them feel scared.

Forming open, honest and caring relationships with children is the best way to protect them. If they know they can come to you if they have a problem there is a greater chance they will be able to tell you their fears.

Visit for more advice and information - including how to implement a family safety plan and how you can take action.

Confidentiality Statement

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,, 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.