What NAPAC does

NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.

Need to talk? Call our support line, free from landlines or mobiles.

0808 801 0331

10am-9pm Mondays to Thursdays & 10am-6pm on Fridays

Calls will not show on your bill

NAPAC’s series of six booklets for survivors and those who support them are free to download
and are also available in audio format.

Our ambitions

For our services to meet the needs of survivors over the long term, we want to grow and develop even further. Read our strategic plan to find out how we plan to do this over the next 5 years. NAPAC’s strategic plan 2018-23

For survivors, friends and family

If you’re an adult who wants to talk about what you suffered in childhood, you can call our support line 0808 801 0331. It is free from UK landlines or mobiles, won’t show up on your telephone bill and is totally confidential Read more here

Printable NAPAC support line poster

NAPAC’s series of six booklets for survivors and those who support them are free to download and are also in audio format on our resources page Read them here

We have some advice and perspectives about the things we are most frequently asked on our support line  Read our Common Concerns page. Survivors with PTSD may experience flashbacks.  If this affects you, here is our advice on grounding techniques Read more here

If a loved one has told you they suffered childhood abuse and you feel upset and confused, you can call us, too. We also have advice for anyone who knows a survivor Read more here

For those wanting to help NAPAC

In 2018 we took over 6,458 calls on our support line and had 87,619 call attempts. We need funds to expand the support we can offer to survivors, through our support line and email and also our support groups. 

Making a regular committed donation is the most valuable way of supporting our work. Find out how you can help us to reach more survivors Donate to NAPAC See our fundraising page for ideas  Read more here

If you’d like to train as a support line volunteer, please get in touch. We need volunteers who can do one four-hour shift per week with our support line team in Stockport. Read more here

For organisations

Support groups

We run free support groups for adult survivors – the feedback from survivors who have participated in these 12 week support groups is excellent. We can run these groups anywhere, if there is funding to do so.  Read more here


Our training courses have been accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the British Psychological Society (BPS).   Our training helps professionals to provide trauma-informed services. Our courses are suitable for anyone who may be taking disclosures of non-recent child abuse from adults, including call handlers, safeguarding officers and occupational health teams, so that they feel confident in offering a supportive service which meets the needs of survivors. NAPAC Training. Find out more about our approach Trauma-informed practice

For those wanting to report non recent child abuse


All police forces have specially trained officers who work with adult survivors reporting non-recent child abuse. Operation Hydrant is co-ordinating the various national police force inquiries into reports of non-recent abuse in institutional settings. In November 2016, Hydrant reported that 60% of referrals they’d received were found to present a live safeguarding risk. See NAPAC’s legal advice page to find out more about your options

Child abuse inquiries

If you were failed by any institution based in England or Wales when you reported child sexual abuse, you can share your experience with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA)’s Truth Project. Sharing your information will the Truth Project will help IICSA to investigate how institutions failed to protect children. There is also a Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.Find out more about these on NAPAC’s child abuse inquiries page

For the media

If you’re a journalist reporting on non-recent child abuse, please read our media guidelines. We advise against using terms such as ‘historic’ or ‘historical’ sexual abuse. Read NAPAC’s media guidelines here

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