University of Suffolk

Supporting young victims of online abuse

Researchers at the University of Suffolk designed and conducted the first national survey of frontline professionals about their knowledge and experience of dealing with young victims of online sexual abuse.

The survey found that over 94% of professionals in health, education and social services had never had any training in supporting children after online sexual abuse.

As a result of these findings, the Marie Collins Foundation (MCF) – believed to be the only organisation that directly supports young victims of online abuse – was able to secure funding from BT to develop and pilot a multi-disciplinary training course, evaluated by the University of Suffolk.

Using the University’s evidence, the MCF secured further funding for a national training programme which so far has reached almost 5,000 professionals across the UK.

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