MECC Link - Simple Signposting to Better Health and Wellbeing
South Yorkshire Police - LEPH
National Support Services
Rape and Sexual Assault
Rape Crisis England and wales
Tel: 0808 802 9999. Open between12.00-14.30 and 19.00-21.30 every day of the year
National Women’s Aid England - Information about support services for women experiencing domestic violence.
Tel: 0117 944 4411 | 24-hour domestic violence helpline: 0808 2000 247
Revenge Porn Helpline
UK service supporting adults (aged 18+) who are experiencing intimate image abuse, also known as, revenge porn. Self-referral and Professional referral - signposting only
Tel: 0345 6000 459 Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) - 10:00 to 16:00
The Survivors Trust - Support for victims/survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. working with women, men and children.
Tel: 08088 010 818. Mon - Fri 10am-8:30pm, Sat 10am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm, 6pm-8:30pm, Sun 1:30pm-4:30pm, 6pm-8:30pm
Safeline - National helpline to support male victims of rape and sexual abuse.
Tel: 0808 800 5005. Open office hours except Weds and Sundays.
Child Sexual Exploitation
The Truth Project
Offer victims and survivors of child sexual abuse the chance to share their experiences in a safe place. Self-referral and Professional referral - signposting only
Tel: 0800 9171000 Open weekdays 9am-5pm
Childline - Free and confidential 24hr helpline for children
Tel: 0800 1111
NSPCC - Trained professionals who can provide expert advice and support when there is concern about the welfare of a child
Tel: 0808 800 5000 Weekday 8.00am-10.00pm and Weekends 9.00am-6.00pm
Barnardo’s – Cut them free campaign. A campaign targeted at tackling CSE.
Tel: 01332 585371
National Helpline for male victims of sexual exploitation
Tel: 07808 863 662
CEOP - A law enforcement agency providing support and advice for children, adults or teachers about keeping children safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. Submit a report online https://www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/
Crimestoppers - An independent crime-fighting charity in the UK allows people to call or pass on information about crime anonymously.
Tel: 0800 555 111
How SYP deal with reports of rape or sexual assault
Sexual Assault Referral Centres - A Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a "one stop" location, where specially trained staff can offer medical, practical and emotional support to those who have experienced sexual violence or sexual abuse. In addition to accessing services via the police, clients also have the option to self-refer if they do not want police involvement.
Hackenthorpe Lodge SARC (Sheffield) 0330 223 0938
South Yorkshire SARC has someone on call 24/7 who you can talk to get confidential advice, call the SARC number on 01709 427327.
SARC Staff will answer calls and will book Forensic Medicals and Police Interviews at the SARC. South Yorkshire Police also have access to the SARC Diary and Rotas and can contact the Crisis Worker and Nurse directly to book Forensic Medicals and Police Interviews out of hours at the SARC
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust Switchboard has access to the SARC rotas and will connect urgent call to the Crisis Worker/Nurse on call
Clients can be referred to Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA) / Children’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (CISVA) via SARC.
Address: Hackenthorpe Lodge SARC, 126 Occupation Lane, Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, S12 4PQ
Other Useful Local Contacts
South Yorkshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre – Tel: 0330 223 0938
Victim Support Service Humberside and South Yorkshire - Tel: 0300 303 1976 Monday to Friday 9am-8pm and Saturday 9am-1pm. For support outside open hours, call 24/7 Supportline for free on 08 08 16 89 111
24/7 Online Live Chat: https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help/support-near-you/live-chat/
Sheffield Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (SRASAC) - Tel: 0808 802 0013 Monday 10am - 12 noon, Tuesday 1pm - 3pm and 6pm - 8pm, and Thursday 1pm - 3pm
Barnsley Sexual Abuse & Rape Crisis Services (BSARCS) - Tel: 01226 320 140 or 07786209070 Anonymous text and email service - Opening Hours: Mondays 10:00 – 12:00 , trialing Tuesdays 6pm-8pm, Wednesdays 17:30 – 19:30 and Thursdays 14:30 – 16:00
Doncaster Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service (DRASACS) - Tel: 01302 360 421 Monday – Friday 9:00 – 16:00
01302 328 555 Tuesday 9:30 – 10:30 and Thursday 12:00 – 13:00
Rotherham Abuse Counselling Service (Rothacs) - Support services for adults (male and female) aged 17 and over and for young people aged 13 and above - Tel: 01709 835482 Weekdays 8:45am - 4:30pm; Email: email@example.com; Address: Rotherham Abuse Counselling Service, 38 Moorgate Road, Rotherham, S60 2AG (Drop in Sessions for women – monthly 10am-12pm (call or email for more details)); Website: https://www.rothacs.org.uk/
Young Women's Housing Project, Sheffield - offering supported accommodation and therapeutic provision to young women aged 16-25 years, and their children, who have been affected by sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Tel: 0114 268 0580
Child Sexual Exploitation
In addressing a suspicion of CSE officers should undertake a range of preliminary tasks, such as ensuring the immediate safety of children, checking on suspects and making an assessment about how best to proceed, when the concern was clearly defined as a child protection matter.
Child Abuse Investigation Unit, Barnsley Police Tel: 01226 736341
Sheffield Safeguarding Hub Tel: 0114 273 4885
*Other local referral services to be added*
Locally, police officers must make a referral to children’s social care services on an agreed form, providing information about their concerns. This referral must be made as soon as possible when any concern of significant harm becomes known.
Social Services contacts in South Yorkshire:
|Sheffield||0114 273 4855||0114 273 4855||0114 296 4770|
|0844 984 1800||01226 736341|
|Rotherham||01709 823987||01709 336080||01709 832674|
|01302 796000||01302 385621|
|Bassetlaw||01623 520520||0300 456 4564||0300 300 9999|
|* Plus weekends and bank holidays|
The Children's SARC at Sheffield Children's Hospital
Providing an adolescent friendly environment for 0-16 year olds who have been victims of sexual assault or rape. Tel: 0114 226 7803 (Safeguarding Support Unit)
National Support Services for Sex Workers
National Ugly Mugs (NUM) is a national charity with a mission to ‘end violence against sex workers.’ NUM provides a mechanism for sex industry workers to report crimes they experience and share this information within their communities to warn others to potentially dangerous individuals and situations.
The service have a case work team that supports sex workers to further access criminal justice remedies and other services.
Tel: 0161 629 9861 (9am-5pm) Monday to Friday.
Sex workers can report information anonymously about crimes committed against themselves or other sex workers to this number. Tel: 0800 555 111 (24hr a day, 7 days a week).
SAAFE escort forum
A website and forum full of information to help escorts, particularly those new to the industry.
Suzy Lamplugh Trust
Raises awareness about personal safety and stalking and provides safety resources including personal safety alarms. Tel: 020 7091 0014 | www.suzylamplugh.org
Suzy Lamplugh National Stalking Helpline - Tel: 0808 802 0300 (Open 09.30-4.00pm) weekdays)
Sexual Health Information Line
24-hour free sexual health information line Tel: 0300 123 7123| Can provide information about your nearest sexual health/GUM clinic if you want screening for sexually transmitted infection, post-exposure prophylaxis or sexual health information.
SY Police officers are responsible for:
- Treating sex workers with dignity and respect.
- Understanding that modern technology plays a part in both `on` and `off `street prostitution as sex workers use social media and other internet sites for advertising and arranging meetings. Some sex work support projects now provide net reach to contact and offer support to sex workers using internet and digital technologies.
- Gaining their trust which will increase the confidence of sex workers to report crimes against them and create intelligence gathering opportunities as regards prostitution and the community as a whole.
- Provide sex workers with information about healthcare, social care,
welfare, education, housing, legal, financial, advice, safety and drug
treatment services and support necessary to address their needs and to minimise threat, risk and harm to them and supporting the providers of these services.
- Working and referring them to multi-agency partnerships so they can access fast track care pathways for support regarding drug and alcohol addiction, counsellors, housing, homeless units, hostels, mental health teams and physical health, domestic abuse and involvement with the criminal justice system. Raising awareness to these issues may reduce attrition rates in the criminal justice system.
- Creating opportunities and providing appropriate interventions to allow sex workers to leave prostitution if they choose to do so, e.g. using the guidance from the National Ugly Mugs Scheme and others.
- Creating a bespoke intelligence picture for each local area of active sex workers, which includes new sex workers to the area, men looking to pay for sexual services and exploiters/coercers and ensuring intelligence is used effectively by disseminating it at a local level.
- Using enforcement as a very last option, as part of a proportionate and staged approach, which includes warnings, police engagement with local support projects, voluntary engagements with projects and existing diversionary mechanisms, and only when all support and mediation options have been exhausted.
Local advice and services
For instances of Sexual Violence and Exploitation please refer to the LEPH-Link Topic about Sexual Violence and Exploitation for guidance.
For advice and resources about Modern Slavery please refer to the Modern Slavery Topic
Sheffield Working Women's Opportunities Project
Intensive and practical support for women involved in street sex work.
Tel: 0114 253 6869 or 07957 567937 Mon-Thurs 8.30am-4.30pm (Answer service out of hours)
Yorkshire MESMAC offer services to various communities including men who have sex with men, BME people, people misusing drugs, sex workers and LGB&T young people and adults. Will provide free condoms and lube.
Rotherham Office – Tel: 01709 242202 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Integrated Sexual Health Service, Rotherham – Tel: 01709 427777 For STIs and contraception. All attendances will be by appointment only.
A sex workers support project for women (including transgender women) in Yorkshire.
Tel: 0113 243 0036 (9am-5pm) Monday to Friday. Voicemail service available. The service can offer mobile phones (including smart phones) if one is needed to stay in touch.
Changing Lives – Amber Project, Doncaster
Support for women with experience of sex work, survival sex and/or sexual exploitation.
Tel: 01302 309810