Children's stories

Children who've faced abuse, neglect and other incredibly difficult experiences speak about how they got support and found hope for the future.

"I was scared no one would believe me"

Alice was sexually abused when she was very young. The Young Witness Service helped her feel supported when she gave evidence in court.

Read Alice's story

"I didn't feel I was in control of my life"

Annie struggled with going into care and felt she had no control over where she lived. Our support helped her to get her voice heard.

Read Annie's story

"I felt guilty that the bullies had chosen me"

James was bullied for years after moving to a new school. Talking to Childline helped him to rebuild his confidence and feel less alone.

Read James' story

"There were times when I had nowhere to go"

Leila was sexually exploited after running away from home when she was just 13. Our support gave her somewhere to turn.

Read Leila's story

"It was hard to pretend everything was ok"

Sioned struggled with her mental health growing up as a young carer. At her lowest moments, Childline helped her to feel someone cared.

Read Sioned's story

"I was often by myself and I felt so lonely"

Sophie was neglected by both her parents growing up. Support from our counsellors helped her to rebuild her trust in people.

Read Sophie's story

Worried about a child?

If you're worried about a child or young person, you can contact the NSPCC helpline for support and advice for free - call us on 0808 800 5000 or contact us online.

Children can contact Childline any time to get support themselves.

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How you can help

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Advice about child abuse

Spotting the signs of abuse

Learn about the signs of abuse or neglect and get advice on what to do if you're worried. 

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Types of abuse

Find out about the different types of child abuse and the specific signs that you might be able to spot.

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Names and identifying features have been changed to protect identity. Photographs have been posed by models.