If you suspect your child or someone else’s child has been a victim of sexual abuse then you must report it to the police or social services. If your child or a child you know discloses any form of sexual abuse.
Here are some options you might want to consider when trying to make a decision about reporting your experience to the police:
If you report a sexual offence to the Police, they may bring you to the New Swindon Sanctuary SARC for a medical examination.
Alternatively, you may wish to call the New Swindon Sanctuary SARC directly and we can contact the Police on your behalf. A medical examination and treatment can be provided to you and your report will be heard by a specially trained Police Officer.
If you are not sure what to do, our team will explain the options available to you and support you whatever your decision. Reporting to the Police can be a difficult decision to make but our staff will support you in making the right choice for you.
Your support team is trained to capture early evidence from you with your consent and can discreetly store this on your behalf. This gives you extra time to make a decision without the risk of losing valuable evidence in the meantime.
If you do not wish to report the assault to the Police, we can still provide you with treatment, counselling, onward referral to other health agencies, help and support.
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.