Safe, Seen, Supported

SafeSeenSupported Report

1 in 5 children experiences at least one form of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, exposure to domestic abuse) before the age of 16. Rarely does this abuse come to the attention of the authorities. As a result, for many children and young people COVID-19 has meant being trapped in abusive households.

The Safe Seen Supported project is a survivor-led initiative to address this concern. We asked people who know best how to reach and help children and young people experiencing abuse in their households: adult survivors who were once these children and practitioners who support survivors. Together, we identified key considerations and actions to take both during the pandemic and beyond.

​This project is led by survivor researchers Jane Chevous, Laura E. Fischer, Concetta Perôt, and Angela Sweeney in partnership with Survivors’ Voices, the UKRI Violence Abuse and Mental Health Network, King’s College London, and the McPin Foundation


Protecting children and young people from abuse is everybody’s responsibility. Learn how to reach and help children and young people experiencing abuse. Download your copy of our report HERE

Infographic for young people

What to do if you or your friends don’t feel safe in your/their families

View your copy of our infographic HERE

Click HERE to download the infographic as an Instagram post and share it in your feed


A chat with Niall Boyce, editor of The Lancet Psychiatry, on how to support children and young people trapped in abusive households during Covid-19 and beyond.

Click HERE to listen to our podcast.