What to do if you are concerned about the media

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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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The media don’t publish information about every every sexual offence committed against a child, but it’s something people often tell us they’re worried about when a loved one is arrested.

Court reporters attend criminal courts and may choose to cover any case. These reporters are overseen by the Independent Press Standards Organisation, adhering to clear reporting guidelines. They are permitted to report information presented in court about the criminal case, as long as the details are publicly available.

What to do

  • You might want to think about whether to tell close family or friends if you’re worried they discover the situation through the media.
  • For people under investigation and their families, we recommend temporarily deactivating social media accounts or adjusting privacy settings during sentencing hearings to minimise exposure to media coverage.
  • If you are worried about potential targeting by people in the community, it’s advisable to get in touch with the police, who can assess the possibility of implementing added security measures.

What not to do

  • Don’t look for similar cases covered by the media. It can be distressing and sentencing outcomes vary from case to case.

If you have any concerns, questions, or would just like to talk about what you are going through, our non-judgemental helpline advisors are here to support you. You can stay anonymous and don’t have to give your real name 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.

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