Sexual thoughts or behaviour towards children

We support wives and partners, parents, and all adult family members and friends of people who they suspect or know are engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviours involving children.

We can support you if:

  • someone you are close to has told you they experience sexual thoughts about children
  • someone you are close to has committed a contact sexual offence against a child
  • you have concerns about the behaviour of someone you know towards children

How can we help you?

This part of our website has free, anonymous support to help provide the information that family members need in order to begin to make sense of an extremely challenging situation. Finding out or suspecting that someone close to you is experiencing sexual thoughts about children, or engaging in inappropriate sexual behaviour, is usually very upsetting and people worry about the consequences not just for that person, but for themselves and their families.

We also have self-help for people who are worried about their own sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviour towards children. It has information about sexual offences against children and the law, and helps people to identify, explore, and manage their problematic sexual thoughts or sexual behaviour involving children.

You can also talk to an experienced advisor on our confidential helpline. If you’re not ready to speak to anyone yet, you can also get in touch with us online.


Your use of this website constitutes your agreement to the provisions of the following points:

  • The information provided throughout this website is intended for information, self-exploration and self-help only. It is designed to increase awareness in people who may feel they experience sexual thoughts about children or may have committed a sexual offence against a child. The information contained in this website is not, and should not be taken as, a substitute for professional advice and/or treatment.
  • Although the content of the self-help exercises is based on existing research, this research is ongoing and the authors would not wish to make any claims about effectiveness.
  • All the information contained on this website is intended to increase awareness of a problem, or potential problem, with regard to a sexual interest in children and is not designed to form a diagnosis. Anyone who feels that they may have a problem in this area should seek professional advice from a qualified person.
  • The Stop It Now! team accepts no liability for claims by, or damages of any kind whatsoever to, users of this website. This also applies to decisions or actions taken by any individuals on the basis of the information contained on this website.
  • The information and materials, unless stated otherwise, are copyrighted by Stop It Now! and are intended solely for the users own use.
  • The contents, design and format of this website are under the ownership of Stop It Now! and must not be reproduced or distributed without prior permission.
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