Supporting Victims and Survivors of abuse
If you have information about a safeguarding situation where a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention call the emergency services on 999. Do not delay. We understand reporting abuse may be very difficult and distressing to you and it may add to your hurt by our not being able to immediately assist you. Therefore here are the contact details of other agencies that are available to assist either on a 24 hour basis or through specialist helplines and services.
- NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours).
- Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are child or young person and are worried about anything
- National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse
- Samaritans Helpline: 08457 90 90 90 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.
- Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 080 8808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)
- Our local churches have people who have a safeguarding role – so do look our for their details on church noticeboards.
Gloucestershire has some key services that may be able to support:
- Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS)
- Gloucestershire Sexual Assault Referral Centre
- Hollie Gazzard Trust
- Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre
- National Domestic Violence Helpline
- Domestic abuse organisations – via the gov.uk website
Guidance and Policies
The National Safeguarding Team has published templates and resources, policies and guidance and a Parish Safeguarding Handbook which provides both at-a-glance and detailed information to help parishes promote a safer church.
thirtyone:eight (CCPAS) provide a range of free downloads covering relevant topics and practical advice.
Other useful documents: