Resources and support to tackle grooming harms

Organisations to support children and parents

If your child experiences online grooming or sexual harm, there are many places to go for more help and advice.

See our list of useful resources for further support.

What resources can support parents and carers?

Find out more about online grooming and how to protect your child with the organisations and resources below.

Find support to tackle online grooming

Report child sexual abuse images

Find support to tackle child exploitation

A helpline to find support for mental health

Support and resources for parents and carers

Find support to deal with child exploitation

See resources to tackle child exploitation

A helpline to report abuse and find support

Resources to tackle online grooming

A helpline to report concerns for a child

How do social media platforms tackle online grooming?

Online grooming often involves social media. Here you can find information about safety advice offered on social media apps and platforms your child or teen might use.

YouTube’s child safety policy

Preventing child sexual abuse on TikTok

Instagram’s exploitation guidance

Snapchat’s reporting advice

Twitter’s child exploitation policy

Facebook’s child exploitation policy

How can you support vulnerable children?

Some children are at greater risk of online grooming and sexual exploitation. Vulnerable children might include those in care, neurodivergent children and those facing financial hardships.

The below charities specifically work with vulnerable children at risk of sexual exploitation online and offline. They offer support and advice to families and professionals.

Provides support for children in care or experiencing poverty

Supports vulnerable young people at risk of grooming

General advice to support children with disabilities

Which organisations support children and teens?

Your child might find it helpful to talk through their worries with a counsellor from organisations that have experience dealing with issues around online grooming.

Below are a number of services accessible by phone, email, message boards and online chat. Additionally, if your child is a victim of online grooming and needs help reporting or processing the incident, these resources can help.

Find the right helpline or service below to support them.

Helplines, 1-2-1 chats and message boards to give children a safe space to talk

Online qualified counsellors for children, discussion boards and journalling

Helplines, chats and discussion boards for 11-25s to talk within a safe place

Helpline, chat, message boards and advice for young people who feel suicidal

Helpline, chat, self-help app and more to get support with mental health

Helpline, chat and texting available for young people based in Wales.

A safe message board for young people to talk with others.

What counselling services support children and young people?

Should your child need support, counseling, or mentoring to cope with online grooming then these organisations may be able to provide advice and services.

Guide to counselling and therapy for young people

Guide to help children talk about mental health with their GP

1-2-1 online chat, helpline and email with counsellors

A nationwide counselling directory service to find the one that’s right for your child’s needs

A range of services to support counselling and therapy needs

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