Supporting children in the family


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If you are worried about how someone you know behaves around children or what they do online, we encourage you to get support by working through these sections and contacting our anonymous helpline.

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If someone in your family is under investigation and you have children at home or they have access to children, it’s important to understand how this situation will be handled by the authorities. The police will share relevant information with Children’s Services, whose role is to ensure the safety and well-being of any children involved.

In some cases, your loved one might not be allowed to live with you during the investigation to protect the children. Instead, they might have supervised visits with the children. Social workers and family protection police officers may speak directly to the children to ensure they can freely express their worries and concerns. These professionals are trained to communicate sensitively with children and make them feel comfortable.

Talking to children and young people about a parent or carer’s sexual offending

We understand that discussing sensitive matters with your children can be difficult. How much and what you say will depend on your own circumstances and the age of the children.

Here are some tips for starting the conversation.

If you have any concerns, questions, or would just like to talk through what you are going to say to your child, our helpline advisors are here to support you. You can stay anonymous and don’t have to give your real name, location or any contact details. If you’re not ready to speak to anyone yet, you can also use our live chat or send a secure email.

You can download this information as a leaflet to share with friends and family. Remember, every situation is unique, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to these conversations. Be patient and understanding as you navigate this difficult topic with your children. There is a range of support available for you here or for your child on our website for young people, Shore.

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