How to Act, Report/Respond

1. Your Obligations

1. Your Obligations

What to do?

  • If you know or suspect that a young person has been sexually abused you should inform your management and police and relevant child protection authorities.


You are responsible to make yourself aware of the policy to prevent and handle sexual abuse at your workplace.

The degree of knowledge

The degree of concern, suspicion and knowledge will have an impact on how one should act. Is this a concern?

2. Meeting with a Young Person

Meeting with a Young Person

What can make young people talk about abuse?

Precisely because it can be difficult for young people to tell about sexual abuse, it is important that professionals are aware of conditions that may promote and support them. A Norwegian study that looks at the revelation of sexual abuse from the children's perspective shows, among other things, that children and young people are more likely to tell if they experience that there is an opportunity to tell, an intention to tell and a connection to what is being talked about. The likelihood of the child reporting abuse is greater if all three aspects are present.

Supportive NGOs or Public Offices


Children and young people can contact ChildLine about anything – no problem is too big or too small. Whatever your worry it’s better out than in.
Tel: 0800 1111 (24 hours)


24 -hour child protection helpline with information and advice for anyone worried about a child’s physical and emotional safety.
Helpline: 0808 800 5000


Helps children and adults with learning disabilities who have experienced abuse or trauma, as well as those who have abused others, through psychotherapy, advocacy  and other support.
Tel: 0808 808 0700


Support, counselling and advocacy for non-abusing parents/carers of children who have been sexually abused.
0800 980 1958

Young Minds

Advice for parents concerned about their child’s emotional and mental health.
0808 802 5544

London Rape Crisis

Support and services for women and girls, and information about support agencies for men.
0808 802 9999

Survivors UK

Information, support and counselling for men and boys who have been raped or sexually abused.

Women and Girls’ Network

Counselling and support to help women and girls recover from violence.
Sexual violence helpline: 0808 801 0770


Advice, support and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT) people.
020 7704 2040

National Domestic Violence helpline

Women experiencing domestic violence – as well as their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf – can contact this nationwide helpline 24/7 for help and advice.
0808 2000 247 (24 hours)

Men’s Advice Line

Advice and support for men experiencing domestic violence and abuse.
0808 801 0327


Support and advice for parents about young people under the age of 35 and suicide.
 0800 068 41 41

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Details of counsellors and therapists working in London and elsewhere in the UK.

Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)

Explains what the CPS does and what happens, from reporting a crime to passing sentence.
CPS London: 
020 3357 7000

Rights of Women

Free confidential legal advice for women in London and their advisers.
Advice line: 
020 7608 1137 (Monday 11am-1pm; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2- 4pm)