The Stop It Now! UK and Ireland helpline
Quickly find what you’re looking for:
- Call our confidential helpline on 0808 1000 900 or use our live chat or secure messaging service
- Confidential help for anyone worried about their own sexual thoughts, feelings and behaviour towards children
- Advice if you’re worried about another adult’s online or offline sexual behaviour towards children
- Help if you’re concerned about a young person’s sexual behaviour
- Information on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse on our Parents Protect website and learning programme
We are not a reporting agency. To report a person, offence, website or illegal images, please contact one of the following organisations:
- Crimestoppers: an independent charity where you can anonymously report any crime, including child sexual abuse, which is then passed to the relevant authorities
- IWF: to report online sexual images of children
- CEOP: to report someone’s online sexual behaviour with a child
- Your local police force (or 101): if you suspect someone is sexually abusing a child
Please contact our confidential helpline if you need further support.
Who can call the Stop It Now! helpline?
Anyone with a concern about child sexual abuse and its prevention can anonymously call the Stop It Now! helpline. We encourage you to trust your gut and call, whatever your worry or level of concern.
Our advisors can support anyone struggling with their own or a loved one’s sexual thoughts, feelings and behaviours towards children. We also support anyone worried about a child or young person’s sexual behaviour around other children, or if they’ve got into trouble online.
You can also call the helpline if you’re an adult concerned about a child or young person who may have been abused, a professional calling for case advice or an adult survivor of child sexual abuse.
Read what happened when Jack called our helpline.
How can I call the Stop It Now! helpline?
You can call the helpline for free from the UK, in English or Welsh, on 0808 1000 900.
If you are in Ireland, you can call the helpline on +44 1372 847 161 (charges subject to your service provider).
We can also arrange for an interpreter to join the call to translate over 200 languages. Our standard confidentiality policy applies and you will not have to provide any identifying information. All LanguageLine interpreters have undergone advanced security checks and are bound by a strict code of ethics, covering impartiality and non-disclosure.
Is the Stop It Now! helpline confidential?
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 you then give us information that identifies a child who has been – or is at risk of being – abused, or any information that may suggest that any other person is at risk of harm, we will pass that information on to the appropriate agencies. We will also pass on details of any criminal offence committed.
What happens when I call the helpline?
Our confidentiality policy is explained to callers at the beginning of the call.
Our experienced advisors will:
- talk through the issues, helping callers clarify their concerns
- explore any immediate child protection considerations
- provide information and support to help callers make sense of their situation and think about next steps
- discuss available options, including referral to another agency or our own follow-up services
- advise callers about actions to consider and agree one or more protective actions callers will take.
When is the Stop It Now! helpline open?
Monday – Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday: 9am – 5pm
We’re closed on weekends and bank holidays.
Is there an alternative to calling the helpline?
- Advice if you’re concerned about your own sexual thoughts or behaviour towards children
- Support if you’re worried about another adult’s sexual behaviour towards children
- Help if you’re worried about a child or young person’s sexual behaviour
- General advice to keep children safe from sexual abuse
When is the live chat available?
Monday: 9am – 12pm
Wednesday: 1pm – 4pm and 6pm – 9pm
Friday: 9am – 12pm
We’re closed on weekends and bank holidays.
We are a part of the Helplines Partnership.
Can you help us?
We are committed to ensuring that our services, policies and practices are free from discrimination and prejudice and that we provide equal treatment to all. Please consider completing an anonymous survey to help us continue to improve our services.
You will not be asked for any identifying information such as your name or contact details and it will take a couple of minutes to complete.