MECC Link - Simple Signposting to Better Health and Wellbeing
West 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 WYP deal with reports of rape or sexual assault
If you come across an instance of rape or sexual assault you need to contact specially trained officers from the local district who will attend the scene immediately. This can be done via 999 or using the following contact details of specialist officers in Safeguarding Units across the county, who will deal with all reports of sexual offences seriously and sensitively, putting the wishes of the victim first.
Bradford Safeguarding Unit – 01274 376581
Calderdale Safeguarding Unit – 01422 337013
Kirklees Safeguarding Unit - 01924 335073
Leeds Safeguarding Unit – 0113 3859590
Wakefield Safeguarding Unit – 01924 878398
These specialist officers will take information from the victim about what has happened, they will gather evidence relating to the suspect and if required, with victim consent, will take them to the Sexual Assault Referral Centre for a medical examination.
Hazlehurst Centre SARC (Morley) (This Centre will also take self-referrals should victims be unsure about reporting to the police.)
Tel: 0330 223 3617
Address: The Hazlehurst Centre SARC, Sunningdale House, Turnberry Park Road, Morley, Leeds LS27 7LE
*Paediatric SARCS – to add (confirm details with NHSE)*
The case will then be referred to the relevant specialist department; this could be the district CID, or the local Safeguarding Unit. The type of crime, age of the victim and their location will determine which team the case will be referred.
Other Useful contacts
West Yorkshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre – 0330 2233617
Victim Support Service West Yorkshire
Tel: 0300 030 1971. Lines are open 8am-8pm Monday to Saturday.
Support After Sexual Violence Leeds (SARSVL)
Tel: 0808 802 2244. Tuesdays - 12.00pm-2.00pm, Wednesday - 6.00pm-8.00pm, Thursdays - 7.00pm - 9.00pm.
Bradford Rape Crisis
Tel: 01274 308270. Mondays - 9.00pm-12.30pm, Tuesday - 11.00am-1.00pm, Weds - 1.00pm-3.00pm and 5.00-7.30pm, Thursdays - 1.00pm-3.00pm and 5.00-7.30pm, Fridays - Tuesday - 11.00am-1.00pm
Kirklees and Calderdale Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre
Tel: 0300 303 4787 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Child Sexual Exploitation
West Yorkshire Police has invested significantly in its safeguarding capabilities. Each of the Force’s five policing districts has its own dedicated inter-disciplinary child safeguarding team. These teams manage investigations and also work closely with multi-agency partners in child protection, including the NHS, local authorities, charities and schools.
If you have any concerns that a child may be a victim of Child Sexual Exploitation in West Yorkshire you can call or email your local Police Safeguarding Unit to discuss any concerns or questions you have with one of th specialist staff on the contact details below:
Police Child/Domestic Safeguarding Units
Other charities and agencies that can help:
Basis Yorkshire - Supporting young people who are sexually exploited or at serious risk thereof. Girls, boys and young women. 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
Project works with men and boys involved in or at risk of becoming involved in sexual exploitation, aged 25 and under and living in Leeds or Bradford. Tel: 0113 244 4209
The Children’s Society in Keighley and Bradford
The Hand in Hand Project - Supporting young people involved in child sexual exploitation or who are vulnerable to grooming. Tel: 01535 606 868
Working with young people who are involved or vulnerable to CSE and who go missing from home. Tel Bradford: 01274 618421. Tel Kirklees: 07584 385539
The Children’s Society in Calderdale
The Safe Hands Project - Supporting young people affected by Child Sexual Exploitation across the Calderdale district.
Tel: 01422 430 495
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.
WY 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
Basis Sex Work Project, Leeds
A sex workers support project for women (including transgender women) working in the sex industry who live or work in Leeds.
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.
The Lotus Project, Bradford
Any individual 18+ living in the Bradford Metropolitan District who is involved, or at risk of being involved in sex work.
Tel: 01274 762180 - Monday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Tuesday 10.30am - 8.00pm (street outreach until 8.00pm), Wednesday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Thursday 9.30am - 5.30pm (street outreach until 11.00pm), Friday 9.30am - 4.00pm
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.
Leeds Office – Tel: 0113 244 4209 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bradford Office - Tel: 01274 395815 Email: email@example.com
Wakefield Office - Tel: 01924 211116 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sexual Health Clinics
Leeds Sexual Health – Tel: 0113 392 0333 For STIs and contraception. All attendances will be by phone appointment only.
Locala Sexual Health, Bradford – Tel: 030 3330 9500 or your local GP For STIs and contraception. Monday to Friday 8:15am - 7:30pm, and Saturdays, 9.30am - 12:30pm. All attendances will be by phone appointment only.
Wakefield – Book an appointment online using https://bookatest.mesmac.co.uk/ For STI and HIV testing.
A face covering must be worn when entering all clinics.