child abuse

  • 18 and Under - Support and information for young people under 18 who have experienced any type of abuse. (based in Scotland)
    Tel: 0800 731 4080 Web: 

  • Coram Voice: Telephone advice, information and advocacy services for children in care.
    Tel: 0808 800 5792 Web: 

  • Childline: A confidential 24hr free telephone helpline
    Tel: 0800 1111 Web: 

  • Get Connected: Free telephone and email helpline finding young people the best help whatever the problem. Can connect a child or young person to any UK helpline where appropriate
    Tel: 0808 808 4994 Web: 

  • Muslim Youth Helpline: Helpline providing culturally sensitive support to Muslim youth under the age of 25. Outreach services, including family mediation, face to face counselling and befriending (Area served LONDON)Tel: 0808 808 2008 Email: Web: 

  • National Youth Advocacy Service: Provides information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to young people up to the age of 25 through a network of advocates through England and Wales
    Tel: 0808 808 1001 Email: Web: 

  • SupportLine: A confidential telephone helpline providing emotional support and befriending. SupportLine also keeps details of counsellors and organisations around the UK
    Tel: 01708 765200 Email: 

See also our section on Support for Children and Young People.

Useful websites

Parents/carers of sexually abused children

If you are a parent who has discovered that your child has been abused you will be experiencing many different emotions - shock, anger, hatred, guilt, numbness, disbelief, confusion.

If your partner was the person who abused your child you will also be trying to come to terms with the fact that someone you lived with and loved and thought you knew and trusted has done something so damaging and horrific that there was a side to this person that you knew nothing about.

You may have feelings of guilt that you did not know your child was being abused and were not there to protect him/her. However, people who abuse children are cunning, devious, manipulative, and skilful at hiding their tracks and covering up what they are doing - you cannot blame yourself for being taken in by an abuser.

It will not help going over the past and blaming yourself - your child will need you to help them to feel safe, loved, secure, and for you to be strong for them to help them in their recovery and healing. It is important at this time to also get some support for yourself and someone who you can talk to about the feelings you have inside you. Make sure that your child has someone to talk to and help them to work through what has happened but keep doing things together you enjoy and try not to allow the abuse to dominate your lives.

Agencies providing support for parents/carers of sexually abused children

  • MOSAC - Supporting Non Abusing Parents/Carers of Sexually Abused Children: National helpline for parents of children who have been sexually abused. Counselling and art therapy by appointment. Groups for parents of children who have been sexually abused. Greenwich based
    Tel: 0800 980 1958 Web: 

  • PACE - PACE works alongside parents and carers of children who are - or are at risk of being - sexually exploited by perpetrators external to the family. Offs one to one telephone support, national and local meet-ups with other affected parents and information to how parents can work in partnership with Police and social care.
    Tel: 0113 240 5226 Web:

  • Parents Protect - A child protection campaign that delivers training to parents, carers and professionals and also operates an educative website designed to raise awareness to child sexual abuse, answer any questions you may have and give the information you need to protect children. The website also features an e-learning programme that provides information on how to keep your family safe and what to do if you are worried about child sexual abuse.
    Tel: 0808 9000 100 Web: 

  • Sexual Violence Legal Advice Line - Mondays 11am-1pm and Tuesdays 10am 12 noon - Free confidential legal advice to women on sexual violence issues including rape, sexual assault, child sex offences, family related sex offences, trafficking, general criminal legal advice (run by Rights of Women)
    Tel: 020 7251 8887 or 020 7490 2562 (textphone) 

  • STEP UP: Support parents and carers of sexually abused children. Run by parents of sexually abused children. Telephone helpline, drop in centre and befriending service. Drop in takes place in Ilford, Essex area
    Tel: 020 8517 5888 Web: 

  • SupportLine Telephone Helpline: Provides emotional support and keeps details of agencies, support groups and counsellors throughout the UK
    Tel: 01708 765200 Email:

Useful websites
Helping to make the internet a great and safe place for children - information and support for parents.

    All aspects of child safety and wellbeing - general information and more detailed information for members

  • Internet Watch Foundation 
    Report illegal content online of child abuse images, criminally abusive content and criminally racist content hosted in the UK


  • Stop It Now: 
    0808 1000 900 
    Also provide information to parents whose children may be sexually abusing other children.

109 Irish Street Dumfries DG1 2NP 

01387 266667 (please note this line is not manned 24/7)

07387 874201 (Text)

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