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 in 40 NSPCC centres across the UK
- support and advice for parents and adults on our helpline
- support for children through ChildLine
- information and training for professionals
- guide to help parents talk to children about staying safe from abuse.
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:
- Assessing the risk, protecting the child is reducing the risk of child sexual abuse by working with adult offenders.
- Letting the future in is helping children and young people overcome the effects of sexual abuse.
- The National Clinical Assessment and Treatment Service (NCATS) is a national centre of expertise working with children who show seriously harmful sexual behaviour. The service helps them understand and change their behaviour, protecting other children from harm.
- Turn the Page aims to prevent sexual abuse by working with children who show harmful sexual behaviour.
- Protect and respect is a service for young people aged 11-19 years who are vulnerable to sexual exploitation or who have been sexually exploited.
Find out more about our work
Are you a child?
Do you need to talk? Call ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit us online.
Worried about a child?
Don’t wait until you’re certain. Contact our trained helpline counsellors for 24/7 help, advice and support.