NAPAC newsletter December 2020

Resources, reflections, and looking ahead

Services over Christmas and New Year

Over the holiday season our support line will close from 3pm on Thursday 24 December 2020 and will reopen at 10am on Monday 4 January 2021. Our administrative office in London will be closed from 12pm on Thursday 24 December 2020 and will reopen as normal from 9am Monday 4 January 2021.

We understand that things are often especially difficult this time of year, more so this year with COVID-19. NAPAC has compiled suggestions for feeling safe during the holiday season. There are also our free online resources, including our collection of booklets, and a page dedicated to managing flashbacks with grounding techniques.

There are also general wellbeing resources from the NHS through the Better Heath – Every Mind Matters. Local mental health services can be found on the NHS website and through Mind.

Highlight of the year – expansion of our survivor support service

Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic being felt at work and at home, NAPAC continued to operate our highly-valued telephone and email support services. Following new investment from the Home Office, the Clothworkers Foundation, and the Ministry of Justice, we were able to expand our survivor support services this summer.

Our survivor support service now has a much larger room, with enough space for a full team to be working with social distancing. We are now again able to operate the support services at full-time hours – 10:00 to 21:00 Mondays through Thursdays, and 10:00 to 18:00 Fridays – and welcome back our dedicated volunteers.

Gabrielle Shaw, our Chief Executive, said:

“Supporting survivors and victims is at the heart of what we do at NAPAC. Our highly-skilled and empathetic support services team do such a great job even under the toughest of circumstances. It has been wonderful to see this team grow in number and resilience this year, thanks to funding from the Home Office, the Clothworkers Foundation, and Ministry of Justice. This means that more survivors, those who care for them, and those who engage with them professionally can access the support and advice they are seeking. And that is something we can all be proud of.”

Looking ahead – demand for NAPAC’s training continues to rise

Despite the challenges faced in 2020, the NAPAC team remained resilient and trained over 850 front line professionals and supporters of survivors of abuse. In doing so, we improved the quality of support available to survivors who may be making disclosures for the first time. This also means that more professionals are more resilient, more effective and better able to achieve their own positive outcomes.

Our flagship Supporting Adult Survivors of Abuse (SASCA) training continue to be in demand and in response to client feedback we will launch new workshops in 2021 including:

  • Vicarious Trauma: Practitioners guide to mitigating the effects
  • Narcissistic Abuse: Signs and supporting survivors
  • Understanding the threat response of survivors

To register your interest for any of our training opportunities next year, please e-mail with your full name, organisation, role and the training you are interested in. You can also include any topics for which you would like to receive training. Click here for information on our current training.

Reflecting on 2020 – stories from our blog

Publication of NAPAC’s updated five-year strategic plan: In November, NAPAC published an update to its five-year strategy reinforcing its survivor-centred approaches, priorities and milestones.

Publication of IICSA’s investigation on The Roman Catholic Church: The IICSA’s report sheds light on reports of institutional child sexual abuse and resistance to external intervention.

Trustees’ Week 2020: NAPAC joined an UK-wide celebration of the amazing boards of trustees and operational teams that guide and shape the work of charities.

“Rape survivors and the criminal justice system” report by Victims’ Commission: NAPAC welcomed the publication of the Victims Commission’s report that highlights the need for survivor-centred, trauma-informed support services across the UK.

Publication of IICSA’s Investigation Report on The Anglican Church: IICSA’s investigation on the Church’s policies reinforces NAPAC’s concerns over its failure to ensure secrecy, safeguarding, re-traumatisation and removal of barriers to reporting.

Supporting NAPAC in 2021

Volunteer: NAPAC’s support services are run with the help of highly skilled volunteers. All our volunteering opportunities are based in Stockport, Greater Manchester. If you are keen on learning more about what being a volunteer for NAPAC is like, please read our Q&A and volunteering leaflet.

Donate: This year donations enabled us to expand our and thanks to our supporters we can continue to provide year-round services and develop new resources. We welcome financial support, but ask that you donate only what you can afford. Other ways of supporting us are valuable, like nominating us as a charity partner for companies you work with or buy from, and connecting with us online so we can reach more people.

Connect with us: Following NAPAC on social media and sharing content online, including liking and sharing posts, helps us reach more people who may be in need of our support services. As well as our website, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.


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