The Stop it Now! Helpline - 0808 1000 900
The Stop it Now! Helpline is available for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse. Callers do not need to give identifying information, so can remain anonymous. We speak to thousands of people every year, and help them take action to protect children and young people from sexual abuse and exploitation.
The Stop it Now! Helpline is available from 9.00am - 9.00pm Mondays to Thursdays and 9.00am - 5.00pm Fridays.
Confidentiality Statement: The Helpline is confidential and you don't have to give us your full name or any other details that will identify you. But if you do, and then give us information that identifies a child who has been - or is at risk of being - abused, or any information which may suggest that any other person is at risk of harm, then we will pass that information on to the appropriate agencies. We will also pass on details of any criminal offence committed.
If you email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, your email address will not be displayed to preserve anonymity. Please do not include your name in your email. Our email service is not able to offer an immediate response due to high demand. **Please note that, due to technical difficulties, the time it takes us to respond to anonymised emails to the Helpline has increased. We will respond to your email, but for the time being this will take longer than normal.**
Some people struggle with sexual thoughts and behaviours towards children. Perhaps you know you are having inappropriate thoughts, or that you are touching children inappropriately. It may be that have been looking at indecent images of children and young people online, or are tempted to. Are you someone who wants to stop these thoughts and behaviours but does not know how? We are ready to help you. We offer anonymous and confidential help and support. We know people who get help can learn to control their thoughts and behaviours.
Are you worried about how someone you know behaves around children? Or are you worried about their use of the Internet? Do you have an uneasy feeling about a friend or relative when they are with children or young people? Or are you concerned you might have seen an adult touching a child or young person inappropriately? Our trained operators can offer advice, support and information. You can call anonymously - you do not need to give us identifying details.
Have you got concerns about a child or young person's sexual behaviour around other children? Does a child you know do or say things you feel are inappropriate or that make you uncomfortable? Has a child you know taken sexual exploration too far? Or do you know a child with inappropriate online sexual behaviour? Nobody wants to think a child or young person they know has sexually harmed another. So if you have any fear at all please call. We know it's a difficult thing to do, but people who care and who know how to help are ready to take your call.
As caring adults we are aware of so much that affects the lives of our children and we want to keep them as safe as possible. If we notice changes that might mean that something is wrong we need to know where we can voice our concerns straight away, rather than feeling that we don't know what to do. There is help available and steps need not be taken alone. We can talk through your concerns, and help you take any necessary next steps.
If you suffered abuse as a child or you are a young person currently suffering abuse, help is available. You can ring our Helpline for advice, support and information of organisations that can help you.
The public expects all those who work with children and families to know how to prevent child sexual abuse and have all the answers. Stop it Now! knows that is not always the case. Whether you are a teacher who has spotted inappropriate sexual behaviour in the classroom or a social worker with a particularly difficult case, our Helpline is there for advice, support and information.
We all need to have knowledge about the issues and be able to understand the signs of harmful behaviours before we can begin to protect the vulnerable from them. To help protect children from sexual abuse we need to feel confident that we: Understand potential risks; Recognise the signs of possible abuse in children; Are aware of inappropriate behaviour in adults; Know where to go for help if we have concerns and would like to talk about them.
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