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Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARC) & West Midlands Paediatric Sexual Assault Service

  

SARCs offer free and confidential support and information to anyone from the age of 5 who has been affected by sexual violence.


West Midlands Paediatric Sexual Assault Service

About the Service

Joint NHS England & Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioner commissioned

Covering four Police Force areas: Staffordshire, West Midlands, West Mercia, Warwickshire

1 Acute Hub based in Walsall: and 5 Spokes

Partners:

  • Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust
  • University Hospital North Midlands NHS Trust
  • G4S Forensic & Medical Services
  • West Mercia Rape and Sexual Assault Support Centre

Acute Hub:

24/7 Acute hub with 90 minute rapid response

A cohort of experienced Forensic Paediatricians across Region

The on-call team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Victims of recent sexual abuse will be seen by the on-call team at our Horizons centre (Hub), Ida Road, in Walsall

Multi-Agency strategy discussions held at point of referral between consultant and referrer ensuring best outcome for child/YP and safeguarding  processes are adhered to

Non Acute Spoke Clinics:

Provide medical examination and holistic care for CYP where there is concern about possible sexual abuse, but the concern is not deemed to be within the forensic window (non-recent)

A ‘holistic’ service – providing emotional support – the CYP referred to the service is offered a package of counselling and emotional support

What is Provided:

A holistic medical assessment and care for children and young people:

  • Who disclose rape or sexual assault
  • Where there is reason for concern about possible sexual abuse.

The service includes:

Physical examination by specialist Pediatrician

Collection of forensic DNA evidence

Screening and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections

Emergency contraception, HIV PEPSE and Hep B immunisation

Counselling and support package

A detailed safeguarding report in every case

Crisis worker support

Bespoke counseling referral offered

The service is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

This includes telephone advice for Professionals and input Strategy discussion.

Making a Referral – Tel: 0800 953 4133

Email: Wmppaeds.sarc@nhs.net

‘Anyone can make a referral to PSAS’ Accessed through single point of contact call centre

  • Full-time West Midlands Paediatric Service Coordination Manager (Crisis Worker) and call centre out of hours
  • Co-ordinates Follow-up care
  • Acts as a point of contact for families
  • Acts as a point of contact for Professionals

Follow Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) processes: refer safeguarding concerns where the CYP is thought to be at risk of significant harm to MASH.

In addition, if the CYP needs urgent medical attention for physical injury (e.g. life-threatening/severe ongoing bleeding refer urgently to local paediatricians for stabilisation.

Suspected/disclosed sexual assault should NOT be referred to local paediatricians.

If a clinician/practitioner wishes to talk through a case (e.g unsure if a child’s actions represents sexualised behaviour or physical symptoms are of concern) the PSAS paediatricians are available 24/7 to give advice via the single point of contact telephone number: 0800 953 4133 for referrals from professionals or agencies

 

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Coventry Guidance  

Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC)

Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) offers free and confidential support and information to anyone from the age of 5 who has been affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. CRASAC also provide support to parents, partners, supporters and professionals. 

CRASAC provide a confidential helpline, crisis and advocacy support and counselling services to men, women and children, as well as those who are supporting someone who has experienced rape or sexual abuse. 

Eligibility is as follows:

  • Adult counselling can be accessed by any survivor or supporter (e.g. partner or carer) aged 18 or over
  • Children and young people’s counselling can be accessed by people of any gender aged 5-18.
  • Crisis and advocacy support can be accessed by people of any gender aged 11 years and over.

Open Monday to Thursday 9am – 5pm and Friday 9am – 3pm

Our Information Line is the first point of contact for anyone who would like more information on the specialist sexual violence support services available.

Both self-referrals and professional referrals can be made by calling 024 7627 7777

Rape Crisis England & Wales also run a National Helpline on 0808 802 9999 for confidential emotional support and referral information along with a one-to-one Live Chat service.

Self-referrals are encouraged and can be made through CRASAC’s helpline (02476 27777) which is open Monday to Friday 10am – 2pm, Monday and Thursday evenings 6pm – 8pm and has a 24 hour answerphone facility.

They can also be made via email to helpline@crasac.org.uk.

Professionals can also refer into the service but it is recommended that:

  • You have spoken to the person about CRASAC and who they are
  • They are aware that you are making the referrals and why
  • You have their permission to contact CRASAC and for CRASAC to contact them directly.
Rugby Guidance  

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) – Blue Sky Centre Call Blue Sky Centre on
0800 970 0370 All calls are confidential

A Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a single location where any victim of Rape or Serious Assault will receive medical care, intervention (if you choose to report the crime) and various other support services. 

Please visit the Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Portal for more information on the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).

Options:

I DO NOT want to report this to the Police

  • Call Blue Sky Centre on 0800 970 0370 (24hr support line)
  • A Crisis Worker will listen to what has happened to you and explain how we can help and what options are available to you.
  • If you decide you want a Forensic Medical Examination we can arrange for a doctor or nurse to examine you to check you are ok and look for forensic evidence and take samples (swabs/blood tests)
  • We can store forensic samples at the SARC. If you decide to report to the police at a later point the samples can be used as evidence in their investigation
  • You can have an examination even if you have already washed, although there will be more DNA evidence on your body if you feel able to wait until after an examination
  • We will make sure that your sexual health is looked after
  • We can give you emergency contraception if needed
  • We will offer you practical and emotional support, including referring you to counselling if that is what you want
  • If you don’t want a medical examination we can still offer you help and support, we can refer you to Sexual health and counselling services if you want us to.

    I WANT to report this to the Police

    • Call the police on 101 or 999 if you are in immediate danger
    • A specially trained officer will come to speak with you
    • The officer may call Blue Sky Centre to arrange for a doctor or nurse to examine you to check you are ok and to look for and retrieve forensic evidence
    • You can have an examination even if you have already washed, although there will be more DNA evidence on your body if you feel able to wait until after an examination
    • We will make sure that your sexual health is looked after and make referrals if you wish
    • We can give you emergency contraception if needed
    • After you leave Blue Sky Centre an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) can support you with the police investigation
    • We will offer you practical and emotional support including counselling.

 

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