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Discovering that your child has fallen victim to such a distressing crime can be devastating, but it's crucial to respond swiftly, empathetically, and effectively.

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Discovering that your child has fallen victim to such a distressing crime can be devastating, but it's crucial to respond swiftly, empathetically, and effectively.

Advice for parents /carers of children who are being sexually extorted or sextorted

Do not communicate with anyone who is potentially blackmailing, threatening or sexually extorting your child.

Do not delete the images, videos or message, for keeping evidence and stop them spreading further online.

Do not pay or engage further with the person asking for money.

Do not blame your child.

Recommended steps if your child has been a victim of sextortion or online blackmail

Speak with designated safeguarding lead at your child’s school-if your child agrees. (School can keep an eye on the situation and help stop images or videos from being shared.)

Can use online tool “report and remove” to try to get the images, videos taken down. https://www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/online-mobile-safety/report-remove/

Can get support and advice from NSPCC https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

Support your child without blaming them, reassure that your intention is not to punish them-taking away their device or internet access.

Block and report the user.

Contact the police, or report to CEOP. https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/

YOU CAN DO-

IWF TALK checklist offers parents, carers and guardians advice on how to have useful conversations with your child. https://talk.iwf.org.uk/

NSPCC offers advice for parents on how to keep their children safe from online and in-person abuse and a helpline if you're concerned about a child’s safety or wellbeing. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/

Parents Protect provides advice and support to help parents and carers protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation. https://www.parentsprotect.co.uk/ 0808 1000 900

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