How to Report ONLINE SEXUAL Abuse OR GROOMING
Should you be concerned about online sexual abuse or grooming and feel unable to tell a trusted adult, or make a report to police, you can use the CEOP button. Please be aware that this is not anonymous as CEOP has a duty to ensure you are safe.
We would always encourage our children and young people to report concerns to a trusted adult in school.
Background to the Click CEOP button and CEOP Safety Centre
The Click CEOP button
The Click CEOP button is an asset of the National Crime Agency’s CEOP Command. The CEOP Command works to protect children from the harm of sexual abuse and exploitation both online and offline.
The button has been developed to offer children, young people, parents/carers and professionals working with these groups with a simple and convenient mechanism for gaining access to trusted online safety advice, help and support. It also provides access to an online mechanism for reporting known or suspected child sexual exploitation or child sexual abuse directly to CEOP. This is offered as a convenient and potentially less intimidating method of reporting these sensitive types of crime, alternative to face-to-face and telephone reporting to local police forces.
The CEOP Safety Centre
The Click CEOP button provides a direct gateway to the CEOP Safety Centre.
The CEOP Safety Centre:
- Is there to keep children and young people safe from online sexual abuse and grooming
- Provides information to help those who are unsure about making a report:
Should I make a report to CEOP?
What happens when I make a report?
How can CEOP help me?
- Provides signposting to other sources of support and information, including Childline https://www.childline.org.uk/ and CEOP Education websites https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
- Do not take reports about online bullying, fake accounts or hacking.
It is advised that users read the information and advice contained within the CEOP Safety Centre prior to making a report to CEOP.
Using the CEOP Button
CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. You can make a report directly to the CEOP Safety Centre by clicking on the Click CEOP button if something has happened online which has made you feel unsafe, scared or worried. This might be from someone you know in real life, or someone you have only ever met online.
CEOP take all reports seriously and we will do everything we can to keep you safe.
As well as making a report to the CEOP Safety Centre, the CEOP Education website has information and advice to help you if something has happened to you online.
Are you being bullied? CEOP are unable to respond to reports about bullying but if you’re being bullied and would like to talk to someone in confidence right now you can speak to Childline on 0800 1111 or talk to them online – no worry is too big or too small.