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Survivors Support Service

The Survivors Support Service offering specialist support.


The Survivors Support Service offers specialist support to anyone aged 18 and over who is a survivor of recent or non–recent institutional childhood sexual abuse.

We are here to support anyone who has been sexually abused in an institutional setting. These might be:

  • a care home
  • a school
  • a hospital
  • a religious organisation
  • voluntary or state organisation

We are also able to support survivors who reported sexual abuse to a person in authority, for example, a police officer, social worker, or a teacher, where the report was either ignored or not acted upon properly.

Our specialist support workers will work with you to enable you to exercise greater choice and control in all aspects of your life.

Helping Survivors

If you have experienced recent or non-recent childhood sexual abuse our Survivor’s Support Service is here to help.

Our specialist workers will help you to experience improved health and wellbeing, by gaining appropriate access to health and other services, developing coping strategies to better manage your mental health, emotional wellbeing and any substance misuse issues.

Our support workers will also work with other agencies, including housing, immigration and welfare benefits to improve multi-agency responses to survivors.

How to Refer into the Survivors’ Support Service

You can make a self referral to the Survivors’ Support Service or an organisation or someone supporting you, such as a friend, family member, the NHS or the Police can make a referral on your behalf.

If you would like to refer yourself, please complete this form.

If someone is completing a referral on your behalf they should use this form.

Alternatively, you can phone 0115 947 0064 and select option 2 Mon-Fri 09:00 to 17:00
(answerphone available outside these hours, please leave a message with a contact number and we will call you back as soon as possible)

Independent Inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) Truth Project

The IISCA was set up to look at ways organisations in England and Wales have failed to protect children from sexual abuse.

The Truth Project gives people who have experienced child sexual abuse the opportunity to share their views and experiences in a supportive and confidential setting, and IICSA will provide support while survivors share their experiences.

Our Survivors Support Service will work alongside the Truth Project offering additional support for those who have been or who are currently participating in the Truth Project or may do so in the future.

We understand that survivors may not want to participate in the Truth Project and we will support you regardless of whether or not you are involved with the Inquiry.

news-briefing-reports-nsvss News, Briefings & Reports

We are looking for a dedicated Children and Young Person’s Crisis Support Worker to provide sensitive, client-centered, non–judgmental support to survivors, aged 17 and under, of sexual violence.
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Find out how you can use your voice to create change by giving feedback on our service and responding to government consultations.
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Join us for a Week of Action from 5-11 February and show your support for survivors this Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week!
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