CEOP is here to keep children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online
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?’ and ‘How can CEOP help me?’
- Provides signposting to other sources of support and information, including Childline and CEOP Education websites.
- 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.
Reporting to CEOP
All reports to CEOP are treated sensitively and are read and risk assessed by the CEOP Child Protection team.
CEOP takes all reports seriously and children up to the age of 18 can report through the Click CEOP button.
Children and young people should be made aware of the CEOP Safety Centre, should they be concerned about online sexual abuse or grooming and feel unable to tell a trusted adult or make a report to police.
Children and young people should also be made aware that CEOP are part of a law enforcement agency.
- It is not possible to report to CEOP anonymously as CEOP have a duty to ensure the child or young person is safe.
- Reports made outside of office hours are viewed by the NCA Control Centre. Urgent concerns about a child’s safety are referred by the Control Centre to local police forces.
- Any urgent reports, where a child is in immediate danger, should be reported to police by calling 999 immediately.
- Please be aware that reports received that are outside the remit of CEOP may not receive a response.
You can make a report directly to the CEOP Safety Centre by clicking on the Click CEOP button above 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.
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.