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4Asking for your consent

How we use what you tell us

Your experience can help us understand more about child sexual abuse. If you share your experience with us, we will ask for your consent to:

  1. use your experience as part of our research – to learn more about child sexual abuse to help protect children in the future, and  

  2. possibly publish an anonymous summary of your experience – to inform people about the effects of child sexual abuse and encourage other victims and survivors to come forward. 

Personal details

We will never publish any personal details about you and no one will be able to identify you.

You can change your mind about allowing us to use your information any time before the reports or summaries are published. Just let us know by phoning us, or emailing or writing to us. Get in touch.

Whatever you decide about agreeing to 1 or 2 above, you can still share your experience.

We will also ask for your consent to:

  1. pass your contact details to the police. We must pass all allegations of child abuse to the police. As long as there is nothing to suggest that anyone is at risk of significant harm, we won’t give the police your personal details, unless you say we can. If you do agree, the police may contact you and they may investigate or take action. We will not be involved in that.  

In a small number of situations, we have to pass on your details to the police or social care without your agreement. We will only do this if you tell us something that suggests a child or an adult might be at risk of significant harm.

If you have any questions or concerns about consent, please contact us

If you are ready to take part

Get in touch

Your privacy

There are very limited circumstances where we tell anyone your name without your consent, for example if a child is currently at risk and we need to tell the police.