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Child abuse and survivor support helplines

If you've witnessed an assault or think a child is in immediate dangerContact the police on 999 or call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 without delay.

If you're Worried about a child?, but unsure contact our Helpline for advice. You can discuss your concerns with our trained counsellors who will assess the information you give them and can take action on your behalf, if necessary.  Alternatively, you can contact your local police or children's services.

Gov UK - Report Child Abuse

Child abuse includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

NSPCCHelpline: 0808 800 5000 (24 hours, every day)


Sexual Abuse LinkUK's leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. The free helpline is for anyone, children or adults, concerned about a child at risk of abuse. The NSPCC also runs high profile campaigns for children's rights, such as Full Stop and administers 180 regional teams and projects, and conducts research into child abuse and its effects.  We also offer help and support to all children and young people making current and non-recent disclosures of sexual harassment or abuse on school grounds within school time, and incidents linked to school in any capacity.

ChildLineHelpline: 0800 1111 (24 hours)www.childline.org.uk

What is sexual abuse?

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people.  You can contact ChildLine in these ways:  You can phone  on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards.  You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small.  If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine. 

The Mix

Helpline:  0808 808 4994


What is Child Sexual Abuse?

How can I support a victim?

Life’s tough, we know that. It can throw a lot your way and make it hard to know what the hell to do with it all.  Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have.  We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all.  

KidscapeParents Advice Line:  07496 682785

(Mon-Tues, 9.30-2.30)

WhatsApp: 07496 682785

www.kidscape.org.ukCommitted to keeping children safe from bullying and child abuse, the helpline offers advice to parents on any concerns about school bullying. The website includes a forum for children to talk about their experiences of bullying, details of courses to help children to cope with bullying and you can order free booklets and leaflets on child safety and the prevention of bullying and abuse.


PapyrusPapyrus HOPElineUK – 0800 068 41 41www.papyrus-uk.org Support for those dealing with suicide, depression or emotional distress – particularly teenagers and young adults.


Stop it Now! UK & Ireland

Confidential Helpline:  0808 1000 900www.stopitnow.org.uk Abuse thrives in an atmosphere of secrecy and taboo.  The Stop it Now! UK & Ireland campaign aims to stop child sexual abuse by encouraging abusers and potential abusers to seek help and by giving adults the information they need to protect children effectively.   Stop it Now! believes sexual abuse is preventable and challenges adults to create a society that no longer tolerates the sexual abuse of children.  

Survivor Support


NAPAC (National Association of People Abused in Childhood)

Helpline:  0808 801 0331


We are the only national organisation focused on supporting adults who have been abused in any way as children. We know that most children who are abused don't talk about it until they become adults and NAPAC exists to support survivors of child abuse when want to talk and receive support.


National Male Survivor Helpline:   0808 800 5005

Office:   01926 402 498


Safeline is a specialist charity that works to prevent sexual violence and abuse and support those affected to cope and recover.  Our Vision is that everyone affected by or at risk of sexual violence and abuse should feel supported and empowered.  Safeline provides specialist, tailored support for anyone affected by or at risk of sexual abuse and rape, that empowers them to make choices about the lives they want and helps prevent abuse.


Rape Crisis (England and Wales)

Helpline:  0808 500 2222 (24/7)


Want to talk?

Support outside England and Wales

Rape Crisis England & Wales is the charity working to end sexual violence and abuse.  We provide specialist information and support to all those affected by rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and all other forms of sexual violence and abuse in England and Wales.  We are also the membership organisation for 39 Rape Crisis centres.  Together, we aim to educate, influence and make change.

The Survivors Trust

Helpline:  0808 801 0818

Text:  07860 022956


Find support

Rape and sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, culture or social status.  Living with the consequences of rape and sexual abuse can be devastating. We believe that all survivors are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report.

Survivors UK – Male Rape and Sexual Abuse Support

Helpline:  020 3322 1860


We are here for any man, boy or non-binary person who has ever experienced unwanted sexual activity (such as words, images or touch).  We can chat with you here through webchat, or by texting.

There’s no pressure or judgement when you contact us – you get to stay in control.  You can reach out as little or often as you like.  You may not be sure if we’re the right service for you. No problem, contact us anyway, and we’ll do our best to help or point you in the right direction.

Family Matters 


If you have been subjected to sexual abuse and rape, one of your biggest challenges will be taking the decision to talk to someone.  At Family Matters we know this can seem an enormous and daunting step. Established in 1990, we are a specialised charitable service and the largest provider of childhood sexual abuse and rape therapy in the country. Our work extends across 14 boroughs in Kent, West Mercia and South East London.

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