Online child abuse

Lucy Faithfull







Viewing and sharing indecent images of children online is a serious and growing problem. In 2013 the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) estimated that as many as 50,000 individuals in the UK were involved in downloading or sharing sexual images of children. Police estimate that the number of offenders has grown since then. In a BBC TV interview in October 2016, National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) Lead for Child Protection, Chief Constable Simon Bailey, said that at least 100,000 people across the UK were now regularly viewing online sexual images of children.

Viewing and sharing sexual images of anyone under 18:

  • Is illegal
  • Causes real harm to the children in the images
  • has serious consequences for those offending, including loss of job, family, possible imprisonment and being put on the Sex Offenders Register.

We are working with the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, a child protection charity to tackle indecent images of children.

About The Lucy Faithfull Foundation

Named after its founder, Baroness Lucy Faithfull of Wolvercote, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation is the only UK-wide child protection charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse. It works with  families affected by or concerned about abuse including: adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members.

About Stop it Now!

Stop it Now! UK and Ireland is a national campaign, Freephone confidential Helpline and website run by child protection charity, The Lucy Faithfull Foundation. It aims to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness and empowering people to act responsibly to protect children. The Stop it Now! helpline has been operating since 2002 and aims to prevent child abuse by encouraging abusers and potential abusers to seek help and by giving adults the information they need to protect children safely.

What to do if you need help?

If you would like to seek any help or advice on this subject, you can visit the Stop it Now! website:

Stop it Now! also provides help and support to the families and loved ones of people arrested for looking at sexual images of children, helping them come to terms with the behaviour of their loved one.