Finding Support and Useful Contacts

Out of office for safegarding office:

If a child or adult is in serious danger then phone 999 / 101.

Reporting abuse to other organisations

Reporting to police and social care

If someone is in immediate danger or needs urgent medical attention contact the emergency services on 999. If the situation you are reporting is not an emergency, contact details for your local police force can be found on the Police website.

Reports of children and young people at risk of abuse and neglect should be made to the children's social care team at their local council. You can find contact details for these teams via the Government website.

Adult safeguarding concerns should be reported to their local authority adult social care team. You can find contact details for these teams via the NHS website.

If any of these options are taken then please email the details to the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor.

Other useful numbers (all are free and confidential):

•    Action on Elder Abuse Helpline: 0808 808 8141 (free phone Monday to Friday 9-5pm)

•    Age UK Advice Line: 0800 678 1602

•    Child-line: 0800 1111 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are a child or young person and are worried about anything.

•    LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 999 5428 help@galop.org.uk

•    Men’s Advice Line: 0808 801 0327 info@mensadviceline.org.uk

•    MIND mental health charity: 0300 123 3393

•    National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are experiencing domestic abuse.

•    National Rape Crisis Helpline: 0808 802 9999 and is open every day from 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm.

•    NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000 (lines free and open 24 hours). Phone if you are worried about a child.

•    Safer Spaces for survivors of church-related abuse: 0300 303 1056

•    Samaritans Helpline: 116 123 (open 24 hours). Phone if you feel you are struggling to cope and need someone to talk to.

•    The Survivors Trust: 0808 801 0818 and is open Monday to Wednesday 10-7.30pm, Thursday 10-6pm and Friday 10-2pm.
 

A fuller list of organisations offering support to survivors, including therapy and counselling resources, helplines and self-help resources, is available to download.