For people who are concerned about their online viewing of sexual images of children, their families and friends, and professionals who work with these groups.
for people concerned about their own online behaviour
We provide information and support for people who are: either concerned about their online viewing of sexual images of children; or people who have not looked at sexual images of children, but have an urge to do so. Our website provides information and anonymous self-help modules to help you change your behaviour for good, and we encourage you to talk through your progress with the modules or any questions you have with our trained helpline operators.
If you are someone who has accessed sexual images online, the website will help you to stop by giving information and support to change. If you have not accessed sexual images of children but have been tempted to, the website will help you not to by giving you the information and tools to recognise the harm such behaviour causes children, you and your loved ones.
Perhaps you have already stopped looking at sexual images of children; or perhaps not. Maybe you are under investigation by the police; or possibly nobody knows about your online behaviour. Whatever your situation, by visiting the webpage you will be taking a step in the right direction.
We keep no details or information that can identify the people who access this site. Like our Stop It Now! helpline, it is free, anonymous and completely confidential.
for the friends and family of people who they suspect or know may be accessing indecent images of children online
We also provide online information and advice for wives and partners, parents, all adult family members and friends of people who they suspect or know may be accessing indecent images of children online, or engaging in other inappropriate sexual behaviours involving children.
Our website aims to provide the kind of information that family members need in order to begin to make sense of an extremely challenging situation. The discovery or suspicion that someone close to you is looking at sexual images of children is usually very upsetting and people worry about the consequences not just for that person, but for themselves and their families.
for professionals working with people who have been arrested or convicted of internet-related sexual offences or their family members
We also have online information and advice for professionals and includes:
- Guidance and support for professionals about the criminal justice process, the involvement of Children's Services and the importance of multi-agency working.
- References for up-to-date research on the subject.
- Discussion about difficult aspects of the work, such as how to talk to young people who have been affected by a parent who has been arrested.
- Information about the potential impact this area of work can have on professionals including self-care modules.
Our Stop it Now! Helpline is a confidential and Freephone service available to anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse, including:
- adults worried about the sexual behaviour of other adults, or children and young people
- those worried about their own sexual thoughts or behaviour towards children, including those with concerns about their online behaviour
- friends and relatives of people arrested for sexual offending, including internet offending
- any other adult with a concern about child sexual abuse - including survivors and professionals
Whatever your concern, our experienced operators can offer confidential advice on what steps you could take.
Our telephone helpline offers a confidential service for people seeking advice and support. This means that when contacting us you do not have to give any identifying information such as address, telephone number or last name.
However if you do give us identifying information and we are concerned that a child is at risk or a criminal offence has been committed which the police may not be aware of, we will have to pass on that information to the appropriate agencies.
*Emails are anonymised to preserve confidentiality. Please read our confidentiality statement below before contacting us. And please note that e-mails sent to any other email address are not confidential.
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