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Help and support

We know it’s not easy to share experiences of child sexual abuse. If you think it would be helpful, you can use our support service.

You can change your mind about using the service at any time, and opt in or out of it.

“A big thank you to all at the Truth Project. I had to recall very difficult life experiences and the staff could not have been any more professional. The support both before and after my session far exceeded my expectations.” 

Truth Project participant

Our support service

If you decide to use our support service, you will have a dedicated support worker while you’re engaging with the Truth Project. 

Our support workers have experience of working with adult survivors of child sexual abuse. They will help with any questions or concerns you may have about sharing your experiences with us.

They can help you prepare to share your experience, and offer support for a period of time afterwards.  

If you share your experience in writing, by phone or by video call, you can talk to your support worker on the phone. 

If you share your experience in person, you can talk to your support worker on the phone before your session and meet them on the day. If you would like this, they can be in the room with you when you share your experience.

After your session they can spend some time with you, and will contact you later by phone if you feel this would be helpful. 

The Truth Project support service is not able to provide therapy, refer you to a therapist or help with long-term recovery. It can offer:

  • emotional and practical support with sharing your experience, and help with any questions or concerns you have, and

  • advice on other services that can give you more support in the future.

Your needs and wellbeing

If you use our support service, the support worker will ask about any particular needs or preferences you may have while you are involved with the Truth Project. 

This might include support with a disability, or a preference to meet female or male staff from the Truth Project.

The support worker will also help you think about your wellbeing before, during and after sharing your experience. 

For some ideas on ways to look after yourself, please see our booklet Your Wellbeing.

Other support services that can help

We can offer advice on other services that can give you more support in the future. There may be services local to you, and there are also national services that offer support and advice to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. 

Please note that these services are independent of the Inquiry. You may experience delays in accessing services due to the current situation with coronavirus (Covid-19). Some of these are listed here:

National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) is a national charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect.

NAPAC helpline: 0808 801 0331

Rape Crisis England and Wales is a national charity and the umbrella body for all Rape Crisis Centres. You can find your nearest Rape Crisis Centre and how to get help if you’ve experienced rape, child abuse and/or any other kind of sexual violence from the email address below. You can also find information on advocacy and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) services, counselling and therapeutic services as well as helplines and emotional support.

National Rape and Sexual Abuse Helpline number 0808 802 9999 (lines are open 12 noon - 2.30pm and 7pm - 9.30pm every day of the year).

Mind is a national mental health charity providing advice and support to anyone with a mental health problem. Infoline: 0300 123 3393 (lines are open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays).

SurvivorsUK provides support to adult males who have experienced any form of sexual violence. They provide a web chat and text chat support service and counselling from their London premises.  

Call 0203 598 3898


Samaritans is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  Call any time on: 116 123 Email:

Safe Spaces run by Victim Support is a free and independent support service, providing a confidential, personal and safe space for anyone who has been abused through their relationship with either the Church of England, the Catholic Church of England and Wales or the Church in Wales. 0300 303 0156 or Live chat.

The Survivors Trust is a national umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse support organisations for women, men, young people and children. Support line offering advice, information and support: 08088 010818

NHS Choices provides information about local health services, along with health and lifestyle advice.

Citizens Advice gives free, confidential information and advice to assist people with money, legal, consumer and other problems.

What to do if you are in crisis

If you don’t feel you can keep yourself safe and are having thoughts of suicide which you think you may act on, please consider one of these options:

Go to any hospital accident and emergency department (A&E), or ask for an emergency appointment with your doctor.

If you can’t get to a doctor or an A&E, call 999 or ask someone else to call for you.

Call the Samaritans on 116 123. Calls are free. Lines are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

Call NHS 111. Calls are free. Lines are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. If you have difficulties communicating or hearing, call 18001 111 on a textphone.

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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.