The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is the UK’s largest producer of official statistics and the recognised national statistics institute of the UK ( It conducts the important Crime Survey for England and Wales, which produces widely used statistics on levels of crime, including those not reported to the police (

Why data matters

NAPAC hopes that over time this data will help to support the development of services to meet adult survivors’ needs, such as support groups and the development of trauma-informed services.

Share your views with the ONS

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is looking for volunteers (aged 18 to 74) who experienced abuse in childhood to help with research to decide whether the Crime Survey for England and Wales  would be suitable as an online survey. They would like to hear your views on the nature of the questions the Crime Survey asks and other aspects of its design.

Your feedback will be invaluable to help the ONS to minimise the risk of physical, emotional and psychological harm occurring to anyone due to responding to the survey online.

The ONS do not require you to disclose details of your experiences and you would not have to answer the actual survey questions. You would not to have to answer any question that you did not want to. You could take a break, change topic or stop the interview at any time.

A face-to-face interview with an ONS researcher would take place at a convenient time, in a private and safe location, such as a meeting room, your home, or one of the ONS offices in London, Newport (South Wales) or Titchfield (Hampshire). It will take around an hour to ninety minutes.

The ONS is also looking for participants for a focus group to gather views from survivors. This will be held in London with six to eight people.

They want to talk to people who have the ability to use websites to complete online surveys or application forms, but advanced skills are not needed.  Your personal information and everything discussed will be kept strictly confidential and they will not identify anyone who takes part.

The ONS are offering £40 in vouchers or cash as a thank you for taking part and will consider covering reasonable expenses if that would enable you to attend. If you are interested in taking part, please email The ONS want to include a range of experiences, so please fill in this questionnaire and they will contact you again to let you know if you have been chosen for the research.

Apply to participate by 13 March 2020

Find out more about the one-to-ones ONS Crime Survey Research March 2020 or focus group Focus groups ONS Crime Survey Research Recruitment If you would like to take part, please download the questionnaire ONS_questionnaire March 2020 and email it to (write ‘Crime Survey research (NAPAC)’ in the subject line) by 13 March 2020. If you have any questions, please email

More about the ONS and childhood abuse statistics

Office of National Statistics (ONS) published its first ever report solely about child abuse in January 2020. The report provides an overview of child abuse in England and Wales, including some anonymised data from NAPAC’s support line service. Around 1 in 7 adults who called ⁦‪our support line hadn’t told anyone about their abuse before. We hope by having better evidence about the number of adult survivors and the impacts they live with because of the abuse, service provision will start ramping up to meet their needs. There needs to be major investment in trauma-informed specialist support such as support groups for survivors.  ONS report Child abuse in England and Wales: January 2020

ONS data shows scale of adults struggling with the effects of childhood abuse – trauma-informed healthcare needed says NAPAC


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