Home Office awards grant funding to NAPAC

The Home Office announced yesterday that it has awarded grant funding of £314,360 to the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) so that it can continue to provide its national free telephone support line and email support service to adults who suffered any type of abuse in childhood.

Gabrielle Shaw, NAPAC’s CEO, said: ‘We’re delighted that the Home Office have once again recognised the valuable work NAPAC does in providing support to adult survivors of child abuse. Last year we answered over 8,000 calls and emails, but this is just a fraction of the demand.

‘This grant will provide a strong foundation for NAPAC, so we can continue providing our free support line and email support service. We also rely heavily on the generous donations made by individuals to help us meet growing demand.’

• One in seven callers are telling someone for the first time about the abuse they suffered in childhood.
• Last year we answered 8,449 calls and emails on our support line and support email service.
• Around 10% of calls to our support line are from professionals or family members seeking information and advice on how best to support someone else.
• There were nearly 90,000 call attempts to our support line last year (89,680 in 2016/17). During periods of high demand, we’re only able to handle a small percentage of calls.
• Demand has risen substantially over the past 3 years, from 55,393 call attempts in 2014/15, to 73,031 in 2015/16 to 89,960 in 2016/17.
• NAPAC trained over 400 professionals last year including GPs, safeguarding leads, police, community psychiatric nurses, prison healthcare staff and social workers.
• NAPAC runs support groups when we have funding to do so. Last year 192 people took up places on our 12-week support groups, helping them to materially transform their lives. We had 983 requests for places over the year.
• We’re a small charity, just 10 staff, but we are lean and efficient. £20 would provide support to someone via a half hour phone call. £1,000 would help us support another 50 survivors via our support line.

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