Report Abuse

CEOP would actively like to encourage all organisations that have an online presence where children and young people congregate to adopt the CEOP ‘ Report Abuse’ mechanism.

Report Abuse Button

This is not designed to replace existing reporting mechanisms such as reporting breaches of terms and conditions, but is intended to deal with specific threats from individuals who seek to use the online environment to access young people and children for sexual purposes.


  • By implementing the ‘report abuse’ button, children and young people on your site will be empowered to report suspicious individuals or behaviour directly to law enforcement quickly and easily.
  • The reports come directly to our intelligence centre and the team there are then in best place to analyse, assess and take appropriate action according to the perceived risk and threat to an individual child.
  • It also enables us to feedback on reports to you, helping you make your environment safer for children and young people.
  • Information and analysis of these reports can then shape the future development of your services reducing the potential threat and harm to children.

MSN Messenger

Report abuse button on MSN Messenger

The ‘report abuse’ mechanism is already a proven concept with its adoption into the Windows Live Messenger environment. The report abuse mechanism went live in August 2006 and in its first week reports to CEOP increased by 113%. Prior to its implementation less than 22% of reports came from under 18's. This figure immediately increased to over 50% and has remained in that region ever since.

Implementing report abuse

To help you implement ‘report abuse’ into your products we will provide you with the logo and button and in return we ask you to complete and return our copy right agreement and ensure the button is linked to the  correct form.

We would also require you to send screen shots of the pages where our report abuse button is located in the final, live version of your materials.

In the first instance please use our Report Abuse Copyright Agreement Contact form.