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Help and support

Support and wellbeing

 

Our support

If you decide to use our support service, you will be assigned a dedicated support worker.

Support before sharing your experience

If you choose to use the support service then your support worker will get in touch with you by phone about four weeks before you share your experience. They will offer emotional support, answer any questions you may have and help you think about support for you before, during and after your session.

Support whilst sharing your experience

Sharing your experience in person or via telephone

Your support worker will be present on the day of your private session. If you have made a support plan together, they will check this with you and make sure you have what you need for your session. If you choose not to use our support service, you will still meet a support worker on the day. They are there to greet people on arrival and to be available to offer support as needed.

Sharing your experience in writing

 

Unlike a face to face or phone session, you will not have a specified time to share your experience. Your support worker will help you to prepare to write your experience. If you have made a support plan together, they will check this with you and make sure you have what you need to begin writing.

 

Support after sharing your experience

Immediately after the session your support worker will check in with you about how you’re feeling. If you have submitted a written account this must be pre-arranged with your support worker. If you want, they can tell you about support services that may be helpful to you.

The support worker will then offer to arrange a date and time to call you, normally about two days after your session or the submission of your written account, to check how you’re feeling and answer any questions you might have.

You can then schedule a phone call two weeks later to talk through any other questions you might have.

At this point, the support we can offer ends. The Truth Project is not able to make referrals or provide therapy, but there are other organisations that may be able to help and we’ll signpost you to these if you’d like us to.

These helplines and other organisations can help you find support that is right for you.

Other support services that can help

You will be offered support while you take part in the Truth Project but this is limited (see What’s Involved for more detail). If you would like to arrange additional support, there are a number of national organisations that provide specialist support and advice to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. Some of these are listed here.

National Association for People Abused in Childhood

The 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

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 (12pm - 2.30pm and 7pm - 9.30pm).

Mind

Mind - a national mental health charity providing advice and support to anyone with a mental health problem. 

InfoLine: 0300 123 3393

SurvivorsUK

SurvivorsUK is the longest established service providing support to adult males who have experienced any form of sexual violence.  They provide a national web-chat and text-chat support service available seven days per week and counselling (individual and group) from their London premises.  They also host a male victim focused independent sexual violence adviser (ISVA). 

Contact SurvivorsUK: 02035983898; info@survivorsuk.org; www.survivorsuk.org

Samaritans

Samaritans is available round the clock, every day of the year. Talk to us any time you like in your own way, about whatever’s getting to you.

Call Samaritans anytime on: 116 123

Or email: jo@samaritans.org

The Survivors Trust

The Survivors Trust is a national umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse support organisations for women, men, young people and children.  Contact details for local support organisations:www.thesurvivorstrust.org/find-support 

National Support Line offering advice, information and support freephone: 0808 801 0818; contact details for local support organisations: www.thesurvivorstrust.org/find-support

You may find these websites helpful if you want advice on other matters:

NHS Choices

NHS Choices is the online gateway to the National Health Service in England, providing health and lifestyle advice, along with information about local services and the latest health news.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice is a network of 316 independent charities throughout the United Kingdom that give free, confidential information and advice to assist people with money, legal, consumer and other problems

What to do if you are in a 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 the below options:

  • Go to any hospital A&E department or ask for an emergency appointment with your GP

  • Call 999, ask for an ambulance if you can’t get to A&E or ask someone else to call for you

  • If you need some support but don’t want to go to A&E, then call Samaritans 24/7 (Freephone 116 123) or NHS 111 (England - dial 111) or NHS Direct (Wales - dial 111).

 

Privacy and confidentiality

 

How is my privacy handled?

The Inquiry will keep your information confidential at all times and we have a legal ruling in force (called a Restriction Order) to enable us to do this. The only exceptions to this would be if the Inquiry needs to pass any information on to the police or relevant authorities, or where otherwise required by law, because we must pass on all allegations of child abuse to the police.  We will inform you if we need to do so.

Why would police be involved?

We will pass on your contact details to the police if you agree for us to do so. However, we will pass on your details without your agreement to the police or other relevant authorities if we believe there is a child protection concern or someone is at risk of serious harm.

Who can ask to see my information?

The Inquiry might receive a request to disclose the information we hold if you are involved in criminal proceedings relating to what you share with us. For example, information might be requested by either the prosecution or defence teams where an individual is being prosecuted for child sexual abuse. We will only pass this information on if we are ordered by a court to do so.

 

 

Your privacy

Everything you tell us is confidential. 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.