We are working with Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust as the North London Mental Health Partnership.

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"This service has helped me to rebuild my life and supported me through an extremely difficult time and I will be eternally grateful."

Islington Survivors Trauma Service

We provide confidential psychological support for anyone who has been emotionally affected by experiences of abuse in Islington Children’s homes or while under the care of Islington Council between 1960 and 1995.


We have expertise in working with traumatised individuals, in particular with survivors of childhood emotional, sexual or physical abuse and/or neglect. Our service is open to anyone who experienced abuse in children’s homes, boarding schools or care placements (including foster placements) commissioned or provided by Islington council between 1960 and 1995. We are unable to offer a service to those who experienced abuse solely outside of the care system, but please see this leaflet on further support offered by other organisations.

Your first contact will usually be over the phone. We will then invite you to an initial meeting, where we can discuss your individual needs and jointly agree a treatment plan. This can sometimestake several meetings. Each meeting lasts between 1-1.5 hours and usually takes place at our clinic in St Pancras Hospital, if possible. We have also started offering remote video meetings, which do not require you to travel to St Pancras Hospital. See the trust website for further information on video consultations. The outcome of the meeting will determine what happens next. Common next steps include:
  • Trauma informed psychological support and therapy within ISTS. 
  • Supporting you to access appropriate onward support, including to other mental health services or charities.
  • Agreement that no further support is needed now. 
What are the next steps?
If you think this service might be helpful for you or someone you know, or you just want to find out more, you can contact us by phone on 0203 317 6820 or you can email us on ists@candi.nhs.uk
If you call or email, please leave your name and number or how we might contact you. If you would prefer someone else to contact us on your behalf, then this is fine too. For example, your GP, a family member, the Islington Survivor Network or any other professional.  We will aim to call you as soon as we can, within a maximum of two weeks but usually quicker.
Resources for Service Users
We have compiled a range of resources on coping with anxiety and PTSD symptoms, as well as an information leaflet on further support offered by independent organisations for survivors and their carers. Finally, the Traumatic Stress Clinic YouTube channel features further helpful video resources on coping with anxiety and PTSD.
Survivors may also at times struggle with drug and alcohol difficulties. This can interfere with feeling able to access appointments regularly or benefit fully from therapy. If you feel you need support with your substance use, please see below:
Non-Recent Child Abuse Support Payment Scheme
Islington Council has launched the Islington Support Payment Scheme, for people who experienced abuse while placed by the council in Islington's children's homes between 1966 and 1995. People affected can apply now for a support payment of £10,000. The Support Payment Scheme is open to applications until May 2024. For more information, see www.islingtonsupportpayment.co.uk
If you help to make an application, or have questions about the Support Payment Scheme, call 020 7527 3254 or email supportpayment@islington.gov.uk
For information on additional support available in Islington for survivors of non-recent child abuse, see www.islington.gov.uk/survivorsupport.  

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