Helplines

Helplines for survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual violence

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT SEXUAL ABUSE THERE ARE MANY ORGANISATIONS WHO CAN HELP

NeverTooLateToTell

NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood)
www.napac.org.uk
The UK’s leading national charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.

NAPAC’s support line - national support line for adult survivors of any type of childhood abuse, 0808 801 0331 free from UK landlines or mobiles. They don’t ask names, they don’t record calls, the number won’t show up on your bill. Around one in 5 callers to our support line are telling someone for the first time about what they suffered.

Go to www.napac.org.uk for information and resources for survivors, professionals and people who have friends or family who were abused in childhood.

We have some advice for friends and family on how to support someone who is a survivor http://napac.org.uk/know-a-survivor/.

NSPCC
The NSPCC helpline is available if you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact their professional counsellors 24/7 for help, advice and support.

Call on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk

Body issues and eating disorder helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on weight and body issues

National Centre for Eating Disorders
Helpline: 0845 838 2040
eating-disorders.org.uk
Starving & Scoffing Kids
Everything you need about eating disorders treatment, information and professional training in the help & treatment of eating disorders. Eating disorders, such as compulsive overeating, binge eating, anorexia, bulimia, obesity, orthorexia & failed dieting affect people in every walk of life. There are millions of men and women suffering from chaotic eating disorders, perhaps harbouring persistent weight problems and obsessed with food and weight who need help to beat their symptoms.

Transgender children - advice and helplines

TRANSGENDER CHILDREN

Today we talked about transgender children and discussed the importance of listening to your kids if they have gender issues.

Here is some advice from Mermaids, an organisation offering support for trans children and their families:

- If a child is feeling like they were born into the wrong gender the parent should support and listen to them.

- The feeling of being born in the wrong gender can resolve itself around puberty. But if these feeling persists beyond puberty then they are much more likely to be permanent.

Advice on talking to your kids about child abduction

ADVICE ON TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT CHILD ABDUCTION

Deanna Neilson, Head of Safeguarding at Action for Children, advises the following:

· The attempted abduction in America is a very rare and unusual occurrence as children tend not to be abducted by strangers. These events are often planned by perpetrators known to the family.

· Action for Children want children to have the confidence to yell and scream for help if a situation like this was to occur.

· Parents can help their children to have self-confidence and self-awareness to raise the alarm by educating them about when a situation does not feel right.

· We advise that parents talk to their child about this particular incident and rehearse the situation. Parents can ask their child, “What would you do?”

· Adults should also be aware and should intervene or interrupt using non-aggressive tactics e.g. distracting the situation by taking the child into a shop, starting a conversation with the child.

About Action for Children
Action for Children works directly with more than 390,000 children, young people, parents and carers each year. For more information, visit actionforchildren.org.uk.

Helplines for adult survivors of childhood abuse

SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCED ALL TYPES OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE

NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood)

NAPAC is the UK’s leading national charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.

NAPAC’s support line - national support line for adult survivors of any type of childhood abuse, 0808 801 0331 free from UK landlines or mobiles. They don’t ask names, they don’t record calls, the number won’t show up on your bill. Around one in 5 callers to our support line are telling someone for the first time about what they suffered.

Go to www.napac.org.uk for information and resources for survivors, professionals and people who have friends or family who were abused in childhood.

We have some advice for friends and family on how to support someone who is a survivor http://napac.org.uk/know-a-survivor/.

The Survivors Trust

thesurvivorstrust.org

UK network of support organisations for survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. Offers extensive information resources plus details of your local specialist support.

Bereavement helplines and advice

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on bereavement

Support after Murder and Manslaughter
Helpline: 0845 872 3440
samm.org.uk

If you have lost someone dear to you through murder or manslaughter you are not alone. SAMMS offers a confidential telephone help line where you can talk to someone who has experienced the devastating effects of this most distressing crime.

Cruse Bereavement Care Helpline
Day by Day Helpline: 0808 808 1677
Young Person's freephone helpline: 0808 808 1677
crusebereavementcare.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care is here to support you after the death of someone close. If someone you know has died and you need to talk, call us on 0844 477 9400 or send an email. Face-to-face and group support is delivered by trained bereavement support volunteers across the UK.

Console (London)
Tel: 0207 6300 824
consolecounselling.co.uk

Console was established in 2002 by Paul Kelly after he had experienced the grief of losing a loved one by suicide. Through his loss, Paul recognised a need for a dedicated Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Service. Since then Console has developed into a International Organisation supporting people in Suicidal Crisis and those bereaved by suicide through professional counselling, support and helpline services.

Console (Eire)
Helpline: 1800 201 890
console.ie

Console was established in 2002 by Paul Kelly after he had experienced the grief of losing a loved one by Suicide. Through his loss, Paul recognised a need for a dedicated Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Service n Ireland. Since then Console has developed into a National Organisation supporting people in Suicidal Crisis and those Bereaved by Suicide through Professional Counselling, Support and Helpline Services.

Winston's Wish
Helpline: 08452 03 04 05 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
winstonswish.org.uk

Winston’s Wish supports children and young people to rebuild their life after a family bereavement, the Winston's Wish family line offers practical support and guidance to anyone concerned about a grieving child.

The Compassionate Friends
Helpline: 0845 123 2304 10am to 4pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm, seven days
tcf.org.uk

The Compassionate Friends provide one-to-one support, local support groups and produce a range of publications for parents, children, grandparents and professionals, as well as a website specifically for people dealing with the death of a brother or sister.

Victim Support Helpline
Helpline:0845 30 30 900 Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 7pm
victimsupport.com
Offers free and confidential help to victims of crime, their family, friends and anyone else affected, giving information, emotional support and practical help.

Every Action Has Consequences
eahconsequences.com

The aims of our Charity are to help inform young people about the futility of violence in our streets. We want young people to stand up and say 'We don't accept it as normal on a night out to see fights and people so drunk they don't know what they are doing or who they are hurting.' There have been too many young people killed in our streets in recent years and mostly it is all about nothing. We are producing an education pack which will be available to people who work with teenagers.

ARC (Antenatal Results & Choices)
Helpline: 0845 077 2290 (M-F 10-.530)
arc-uk.org

ARC is the only national charity which provides non-directive support and information to parents throughout the antenatal testing process. Our role is to help parents arrive at the most appropriate decision for them in the context of their individual family circumstances and to ensure that they are enabled to make decisions they are best able to live with.

Bereavement Through Addiction
Helpline: 07584 411 314
bereavementthroughaddiction.com

Bristol based support for anyone who has lost a loved family member or friend through addiction.

Care Not Killing
carenotkilling.org.uk

Care Not Killing is a UK-based alliance of individuals and organisations which brings together human rights groups, healthcare groups, palliative care groups and faith-based organisations with the aims of promoting more and better palliative care. Ensuring that existing laws against euthanasia and assisted suicide are not weakened or repealed during the lifetime of the current Parliament. Influencing the balance of public opinion further against any weakening of the law.

Dignity in Dying
dignityindying.org.uk

Dignity in Dying is the leading campaigning organisation promoting patient choice at the end of life.

Grief Encounter
Helpline: 020 8371 8455
griefencounter.org.uk

Our vision at the Grief Encounter Project is that every bereaved child and their family in the UK get the best possible help, support, recognition and understanding following their loss. Our mission is to raise understanding about issues for bereaved children and promote the value of bereavement support.