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Information and Support

Information and support for anyone affected by sexual abuse (current or historic) – including sources of support for children, young people and concerned parents.


ChildLine is a free, 24-hour confidential helpline for children and young people who need to talk.

Phone: 0800 1111

Visit the ChildLine website

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood offers support, advice and guidance to adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse.

Phone: 0808 801 0331

Visit the National Association for People Abused in Childhood website


Samaritans is available for anyone struggling to cope and provide a safe place to talk 24 hours a day.

Phone: 116 123


Visit the Samaritans website


NSPCC provides help, advice and support to adults worried about a child.

Phone: 0808 800 5000 (24/7)

Visit the NSPCC website


Mosac offer a confidential, supportive, non-judgmental and informative national helpline to all non-abusing parents and carers. Lines are open daily from 10am to 2pm (Monday, Thursday and Friday) and 10am to 6pm (Tuesday and Wednesday).

Webchat is also available.

Phone: 0800 980 1958

Visit the MOSAC website


Pace (Parents Against Child Exploitation) works alongside parents and carers of children who are – or are at risk of being – sexually exploited.

Phone:0113 240 5226

Visit the Pace website

Rape Crisis England & Wales

Rape Crisis England & Wales offers confidential support and information to women in England and Wales who have survived any form of sexual violence, no matter how long ago. Also provides immediate support to friends and family on how to support female survivors of sexual violence.

Phone: 0808 802 9999 (12–2:30pm & 7–9:30pm daily)

Visit the Rape Crisis England & Wales website


Safeline provides support and counselling for male survivors of sexual abuse or rape.

Phone: 0808 8005005

Visit the Safeline website

Survivors Trust

The Survivors Trust provide support and signposting for women, men and children who are survivors of rape, sexual violence or childhood sexual abuse.

Phone: 0808 801 0818

Visit the Survivors Trust website

Survivors UK

Survivors UK provides information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused. A webchat is available: A counselling fee may apply.

Visit the Survivors UK website

Rape Crisis Scotland

Rape Crisis Scotland provides confidential support for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. They can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres.

Phone: 0808 801 03 02

Visit the Rape Crisis Scotland website

The Rowan

The Rowan provides a range of support and services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to people of all ages who have been sexually abused, assaulted or raped, whether this happened in the past or more recently.

Phone 0800 389 4424

Visit The Rowan website

Victim Support

Victim Support provides emotional and practical help to victims or witnesses of any crime, whether or not it has been reported to the police.

Phone: 0808 16 89 111 (24/7)

Visit the Victim Support website

Victim Support Scotland

Victim Support Scotland offers emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime across Scotland.

Phone: 0800 160 1985 (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm)

Visit the Victim Support Scotland website

Victim Support NI

Victim Support NI offers emotional and practical support to all victims and witnesses of crime across Northern Ireland.

Phone: 028 9024 3133

Visit the Victim Support NI website

Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors (MACSAS)

Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors supports those who have been sexually abused as children or adults by Ministers, clergy or others under the guise of the church.

Phone: 08088 01 03 40 (Sat 9am-11am, Wed 7.00 pm-9.30 pm)

Visit the MACSAS website


Lifeline provides support to people suffering distress or despair in Northern Ireland, regardless of age or district.

Phone: 0808 808 8000 (24 hours a day)

Visit the Lifeline website

Related Information and Support

If you have also been affected by emotional distress, organisations listed on our Emotional Distress support page may be able to help.

You can find current information and support for issues covered by Action Line on the BBC Action Line website.