While most children and young people in Northern Ireland will not experience any kind of sexual abuse, some do. If you are affected or are worried about someone you know please ask for help from a trusted adult to help you get the help you need or contact social services or police.
If you feel you can’t speak to an adult you trust like a parent, youth worker or teacher, then please contact ChildLine (08001111 or Lifeline 0808 808 8000; they both offer free, confidential advice and support to young people, are open 24 hours a day.
The victims and survivors of historical institutional abuse have highlighted the devastating impact this abuse has had on their lives and this should make us more determined than ever to ensure that effective services are in place to support all children and young people in their recovery.
I commend my Colleague Fiona Ryan, Commissioner for Survivors of Institutional Childhood Abuse, in the work she has undertaken to support victims and survivors.
Finally, I want to express my deepest regret that so many thousands of adults experienced such horrific treatment as children in the very Institutions purportedly tasked to care for them. I also want to state that my Office will work to honour your resilience to ensure that no child ever has similar experiences. We will work to make sure that we have the highest standards of care for all our children and young people.