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Putting a stop to sexual abuse

Protecting children and finding new ways to prevent abuse

We have developed services to help protect children from sexual abuse as well as to find new ways prevent further abuse.

One in 20 children in the UK have been sexually abused, but most incidents are not reported to the police.

Without help, sexually abused children can develop long-term social, emotional and mental health problems.

What we know: the facts about child sexual abuse in the UK

This is what we know about the sexual abuse of children today:

  • 90 per cent of victims are sexually abused by someone they know (NSPCC, 2011)
  • sexual abuse usually happens in secret
  • abusers are finding new ways to reach children, e.g. online, through social media and texting (also known as sexting)
  • more men than women sexually abuse children, however reports to our helpline of female sexual abuse have more than doubled in the last five years
  • only 3% of adults feel confident about spotting the signs of sexual abuse (YouGov, 2013).

Our work to protect children from sexual abuse

Many children and young people who victims of sexual abuse and young people and adults who abuse do not receive the help they need to recover or stop abusing.

We are tackling sexual abuse by providing:

Local services to help prevent and treat child sex abuse

We are also running the following local services across the UK to help prevent and treat child sex abuse:

Find out more about our work

Priorities and programmes
Read about the Underwear Rule to help parents protect children from sexual abuse

ChildLine 0800 1111

Are you a child?

Do you need to talk? Call ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit us online.

Get some help

NSPCC helpline

Worried about a child?

Don’t wait until you’re certain. Contact our trained helpline counsellors for 24/7 help, advice and support.

Report a concern

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