We support and work with our forgotten people in Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, and East Midlands.

Non-recent childhood abuse is all too common and can cause serious mental illness in adulthood. Historically, vulnerable children were targeted by abusers and systems that should have kept them safe, failing boys and girls completely. Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s children’s homes and foster care were a hotbed of child abuse. Unfortunately, victims and survivors are still struggling to make sense of their experiences and what it means for their lives. Whilst not every victim and survivor will struggle to build a life, many do, and they end up living in a shadow on the fringes of society.

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IICSA (Inquiry into Childhood Sexual Abuse) & Truth Project

Support for Survivors was heavily involved in the IICSA inquiry (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) and Truth Project. The investigation was one of three by the Inquiry into the nature and extent of allegations of sexual abuse of children in the care of local authorities. The primary purpose of this investigation was to examine the institutional responses to such allegations from Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council, and other organisations such as Nottinghamshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service, and to consider the adequacy of steps taken to protect children from abuse.

The forum has over 1600 members, which the inquiry believes is the largest group of victims and survivors brought together for a specific cause. The public hearings into IICSA’s 15 investigations have now ended. The Inquiry heard evidence from 725 witnesses in person. Of those, 94 witnesses gave evidence as victims and survivors. It held 325 days of public hearings. During the hearings, 194,740 documents totalling over 2,448,176 pages were disclosed.

The final report will be released on the 20th of October 2022. Those involved in the inquiry will feel a sense of achievement because, without the contributions from victims and survivors, the inquiry would not be possible. (Source IICSA 2019)

If you would like to access more information, please follow this link to the official IICSA website.

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Awareness Week: 5th February to the 12th February 2024

Our friends at Jordans Solicitors’ Abuse and Family department are supporting this years Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week running from 5th February – 11th February 2024.

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Violence Awareness Week is the UK’s annual initiative to raise awareness and to promote dialogue and support of survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence.

The week acts as an opportunity for individuals and organisations to join in the conversation and amplify the voices of survivors and spotlight support services.

Jordans Solicitors will be posting daily blogs which you can access by following this link.

How to access support

We’re here to help and you can call or email us on the details below:

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If you are located outside of the East Midlands, please contact: