If you're worried about a child you must act. If you're a member of an organisation with a safeguarding policy you should use your internal procedures as appropriate, unless a child is at risk of immediate harm. Otherwise please follow our advice or that of an appropriate safeguarding professional.
If a child is at immediate risk of harm you should call the police on 999 (or your local equivalent). Please don't assume that someone else will take action.
If a child is in danger call the police immediately on 999. If you are worried about a child or about someone’s behaviour towards a child, you can contact:
If you are concerned that a child is being abused it is important to act. Where possible you should contact the police or local health services.
In some places people do not trust the police to prioritise the needs or safety of the child, which is something you should consider. It could be safer for the child to report to a suitable NGO with child protection services or take their advice on how to act in the best interests of the child. You can find details of over 178 child helplines in more than 146 countries at www.childhelplineinternational.org
If the abuse you suspect was committed online you can report it to the NCMEC CyberTipline at https://report.cybertip.org regardless of where you are in the world.
If a child or young person is in need of urgent medical attention, you should arrange this immediately by calling 999 (or your local equivalent).
PAPYRUS is a UK charity dedicated to preventing young suicide and self harm. www.papyrus-uk.org has a variety of information to help those who are concerned about a child or young person. You can speak to their HOPELINE by calling 0800 068 4141 in the UK.
Child sexual abuse material (sexually exploitative material or imagery of anyone under the age of 18) is harmful everywhere and illegal in most countries.
You should never search for child sexual abuse material online, even if you think you might be helping the police or child protection agencies. If you do know of any child sexual abuse material online you can report to one of the INHOPE network of hotline. Find out more at www.inhope.org or report here
Some people use social media or messaging apps to exploit, bully or harass people. If you want to block or report someone on a social media platform there is some advice here
If you are worried about your own sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviour towards children you should act. This is important for the wellbeing of children and your own. Stop it Now! is a UK charity which helps people worried about their own sexual thoughts, feelings or behaviour towards children.
Stop it Now! offers anonymous and confidential help and support to assist people to control their thoughts and behaviours. There is a free, anonymous and confidential helpline on 0808 1000 900 for advice, support and information. You can find out more at www.stopitnow.org.uk