Family and Friends Forum
We hope this forum will be a valuable source of information, we want it to reduce people’s sense of isolation and to give them a sense of hope for the future.Continue
We can help you if you’re worried about someone else’s illegal or harmful online behaviour.
Our online information and support can help you move forward if you know or think a family member or friend is viewing sexual images of children online or having online sexual conversations with children.
You can also get support from our Family and Friends Forum, a safe space to share your own experience, and to read about the experiences of others. To post in the forum you’ll need to register first, but you don’t need to give your name to register to use the site.
We try to provide the information that family members need to begin to make sense of a very difficult situation. Finding out or worrying that someone close to you is looking at sexual images of children, or having sexual conversations with children, is usually very upsetting. People worry about the consequences not just for that person, but for themselves and their families.
Our anonymous self-help section can help people who are concerned about their own online behaviour. It gives information about the law, and helps people understand and stop their illegal online behaviour.
If you need support, you can call our confidential helpline to speak to a trained advisor who won’t judge you. If you’re not ready to speak to someone then you can use our live chat or secure messaging system.
We also have a leaflet that can help you to understand what has happened if someone you know has been viewing sexual images of children or talking to them sexually online, including if the police are involved. It provides the advice you will need on how to move forward.
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The University of Nottingham is conducting research through an anonymous survey. The research aims to understand experiences of women who have experienced difficulties in their relationships, including those whose partners/ex-partners have been involved in sexual offences against children online.
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