London, UK, August 11, 2021 – In response to the growing number of young adults disclosing instances of childhood abuse, charity the National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) has created a new booklet addressing the challenges that young people may face. This new resource offers insights into the nature of child-on-child abuse, including abuse within schools.
NAPAC conducted an in-depth review of its caller and website data over the past 18 months and found that one in three callers to its support line is under the age of 35, whilst almost half of its website users are also under the age of 35, including 20% who are under 25.
The new booklet offers advice for young people who may have experienced childhood abuse, as well as tips on spotting instances of abuse for parents or professionals who are in regular contact with young people. It is part of a series of free booklets that give guidance on recovering as an adult from any type of abuse or trauma in childhood.
Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive Gabrielle Shaw said:
“Since the outpouring of testimonies on the Everyone’s Invited page, we have seen a significant and sustained increase in the number of young people calling or emailing NAPAC to disclose their experiences of childhood abuse. Evidently there are a lot of young people who are affected, which is why we’ve created this new booklet to address their concerns.”
“This is also a highly useful resource for teachers, parents and social workers, outlining the issues that young people could be facing, as well as how to deal with a disclosure in a productive manner.”
Figures from the Children’s Commissioner estimate that only one in eight children who are sexually abused are known to the police and children’s services, whilst according to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, there are approximately 8.5 million UK adults who experienced at least one form of child abuse.
NAPAC’s latest booklet offers guidance to vulnerable young adults and those who support them.
NAPAC is a national charity offering support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, emotional, sexual and neglect.
Our confidential support line is free from UK landlines and mobiles, and open 10am-9pm Mon-Thu & 10am-6pm Fri.
Call when you’re ready – 0808 801 0331. Or visit our website – www.napac.org.uk
As well as advocating on behalf of survivors in the media and elsewhere, we also train professionals who have frequent contact with survivors of child abuse as part of their working environment. Last year, we trained over 800 social workers, first line responders, therapists and police officers.