The New Swindon Sanctuary SARC offers children and young people access to a specially tailored service that is designed specifically to minimize distress and ensure that all support services are working together to meet the needs of children.
We know that some children may not fully understand; may be reluctant or unable to speak about what has happened to them. Our team of specially trained and highly skilled staff will help and support them. They will spend time getting to know them, gaining their trust and will help ensure that their experience at The New Swindon Sanctuary SARC is both positive and supportive. The Centre offers a calm and relaxing environment so that children can feel safe and secure.
During the forensic medical examination we will also have a Consultant Paediatrician who has responsibility for overseeing the child protection and Paediatric services to all children and young people that attend the SARC. She will help to ensure the SARC links to other Children’s Services within the Trust and other services within Swindon & Wiltshire.
The medical team is trained to assess children and can offer advice to Police and Social Care when an investigation/social care strategy is being discussed. We work in close partnership with all agencies to ensure that the child’s needs are being met and that aftercare and support is available to them whenever it is required.
Key members of our team include our Children and Young Persons Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA). The Independent Sexual Violence Advisor works with children and families to ensure they fully understand what to expect at the centre and ensure they receive all the relevant aftercare services after an assault has taken place.
They will provide on-going support to the child and their families. They will work with the Trust’s Safeguarding Team to reduce risk of further harm and ensure any child protection issues are addressed. They will also support the child through any criminal or civil justice proceedings and they will work closely with other agencies to ensure the child’s needs are recognised and addressed through relevant services.
If you do give us your contact details or, provide identifiable information, we will usually keep your contact with us completely confidential. However, in certain circumstances we may have to share information with another agency (e.g. social services, police or the ambulance service) in order to protect you, or another person. This will apply if:-
• you are a child or young person under 18 who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or,
• you provide information about a child or young person under 18 who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or,
• we feel you are a vulnerable adult who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or,
• you provide information about a person we feel may be a vulnerable adult who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm.
The person you speak to will be happy to discuss this in more detail. Whenever possible we will advise you before any breach of confidentiality is made.