A YORK charity has launched a special helpline to support victims of child abuse at schools under investigation in North Yorkshire.

Survive, which was started in the city in 1990 to help men and women who were abused as children, is running the helpline during the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse at Ampleforth and Ealing Abbey and College, run by the Roman Catholic Benedictine Congregation.

So far, more than 4,000 documents are on record in the review, with material from police forces, The Independent Schools Inspectorate and the Charity Commission, and Dani Wardman from the charity said she expected calls to the organisation to increase as the inquiry continues.