NSPCC report – 'No one noticed, no one heard'

Last updated: 15 Oct 2013 Topics: Research

A study of disclosures of child abuse

This NSPCC report on child abuse disclosures is based on interviews with 60 people, between the ages of 18 and 24, who experienced high levels of different varieties of abuse in their childhood.

Authors: Debbie Allnock and Pam Miller
Published: 2013

Key findings

  • more than 80% had attempted to disclose their abuse
  • it took 7 years on average for the young people to disclose sexual abuse
  • disclosures were often not recognised or understood, or were played down, dismissed or ignored; therefore no action was taken to support/protect the young person
  • 90% of the young people who disclosed had had negative experiences at some point, mostly where the people they told had responded poorly
  • some young people did not disclose as a result of:
    • having no one to turn to
    • not understanding they were being abused
    • being ashamed or embarrassed
    • being afraid of the consequences of speaking out


View the full report – No one noticed, no one heard: a study of disclosures of child abuse.

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