We’re more than just a number

After abuse your mind can become like a prison. You always see the same walls and the same things prevent you from moving on, say young experts

It's Time campaignThere are only so many times you can be left waiting, told you don't meet the criteria for support, or told that the help you need doesn't exist before you start to think you're unimportant, your experiences don't matter, or even that you deserved the abuse you experienced.

Knowing what this feels like, helping the NSPCC create this campaign by describing what it's like to need and struggle to get support after abuse, means that for us, this campaign is a chance to tell the Government and the public how urgent this issue is.

There needs to be a total rethink of the way children and young people are supported after abuse, and to have young people's needs at the centre of the conversation.


"It's not pity that we want - it's to be supported, believed, valued and recognised. Just like any other child. This means... more flexibility, helping us find the right key, and recognising that we are all different and have different needs."
Young expert / A Force for Change

After abuse your mind can become like a prison. You always see the same walls - the same things preventing you from moving on. Support is like the key, but it's on a chain of 1,000 keys. Not all of them work for you. But when you get the right help it sets you free. Knowing that the right key is there gives you hope.

It's not pity that we want - it's to be supported, believed, valued and recognised. Just like any other child. This means more than providing more services and shortening the waiting times to see a therapist. It means more flexibility, helping us find the right key, and recognising that we are all different and have different needs.

Abuse affects hundred of thousands of children in the UK – so we must act now. But the risk is forgetting the individual children behind these numbers. Each of us has a name, a face, a story. And each of us has the chance of having a positive future when we are properly supported to move forward with our lives. Our experiences of abuse do not need to define us.

Having experienced first hand how it feels to be left to cope without any professional support, for us this campaign is a critical opportunity to stand up for every child and young person who still feels like that.

It's time to fight for every child's right to have the type of support they need, when they need it.

We need as many people as possible to back us in raising this issue – please support the campaign.

It's time to demand change

The government doesn't know how many children have been abused and need support. Help us change this.

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A Force for Change has worked with us to develop a set of principles that should underpin future services to support children and young people who have been abused.

Every child and young person deserves support which is:

    • from a professional who understands the nature of abuse and the help they need
    • from a professional whom they trust and can have an honest relationship with
    • from a professional who knows their story and whom they can rely on
    • built around their needs – when they need it, for as long as they need it, at times that fit into their lives
    • available in a space that is safe and reassuring

You can read our It's Time campaign report to learn more about the current state of support for young people and children.