Bridge House SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) offers free support and practical help to anyone in North Yorkshire who has experienced sexual abuse. The service is completely confidential and you do not have to give any personal information in order to get help.
How to contact us
What you can expect
We are here to make sure that you are heard and get the help you need in taking your next steps. You can contact us at any time of day or night, we are always here to listen and can arrange for you to visit us.
Whether you would like to:
- Talk to someone about your experience and get emotional support
- Get advice about what services are available to you
- Be referred to sexual health services
- Report someone anonymously to the police
Supporting someone else...
If you would like to talk to us about something that has happened to a friend or relative we can talk you through our services and offer emotional and practical support.
If something has happened within the last 7 days we will give you the option to have an examination, which can help to preserve any evidence. We can offer this even if you don’t want to involve the police at the moment but feel that you might want to in the future. The examination will be carried out by specially trained female medical examiners and you will be supported by one of our crisis workers throughout. Each stage will be explained to you beforehand so you are clear what they are for and we will ensure that you agree to everything before it is carried out. You can stop or pause at any point.
We can discuss your emergency contraception needs. The sooner the emergency contraception pill is taken after sex, the more successful it is. Therefore this is available if required.
You might be at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection. Our team are able to provide immediate sexual healthcare advice and can give you information on how to be screened for these.
We want to know how you are getting on after your visit to Bridge House and we understand that you might have questions after you have left. You can call us at any time if there is something you think of that you need to ask us, we will also call you six weeks after your visit to see how things have been for you and to find out if there is anything else we can do to help.
If you would like to talk to us about something that has happened to a friend or relative we can talk you through our services and offer emotional and practical support. Sometimes we have to inform other agencies if children or others may be at risk. We will always seek your permission to share information.
Some things to consider
If something has happened to you within the last 7 days, then we would invite you to attend as soon as you can as we can help you decide if you would like evidence collecting and ensure you have your healthcare needs met. This does not need to involve the police although we can contact them on your behalf if you would like their help. If it has been over 7 days there are still many ways in which we are able to help you so please get in touch.
It’s up to you. We offer a range of options, some or all of them may be available to you depending on what has happened. You can stop or change your mind at any time.
Here is what would normally happen...
We cannot offer a drop-in service at Bridge House so please let us know you are coming. You can phone us 0330 223 0362 or use the contact page on our website to send us a message to get in touch with you. If you don’t want to you do not have to tell us your name, we can still offer you the same help. Depending on what your needs are we will either arrange a time which you can come to Bridge House and meet with us or help you to make contact with other services that may be beneficial. We may ask you to come and see us quickly in some cases to make sure you receive important healthcare as a priority.
Arriving at Bridge House we will be there to meet you when you arrive for your appointment, from your initial conversation with us you will know how to get there and who you are meeting with. You are welcome to bring somebody with you to support you if that makes you feel more comfortable.
If you have asked for the police to be involved they will usually bring you to Bridge House after contacting us first. We talk you through the process and ask a couple of questions We will go over a few questions and talk through the available options again to make sure that you understand and are comfortable with everything. You can choose to use as much or as little of the service as you want to. It's ok if you change your mind at any point we are here to support your choices. You can ask as many questions as you like at any time. Everything you tell us is usually treated in confidence and you don’t need to tell us anything you feel unable to talk about. We understand that this can be a very difficult process and we will do whatever we can to help you through it during and after your visit to Bridge House.
Child Sexual Assault Assessment Centre - York Hospital
What is the Centre for?
The Child Sexual Assault Assessment Centre (CSAAC) provides a service for children and young people from 0-16 years of age who have disclosed sexual abuse or assault or where it is suspected that it may have happened.
When a child or young person comes to the Centre, they will come with either a social worker, or a specially trained police officer and one or both of their parents/carers. The child or young person can talk to the nurse and the doctor about what has happened and they can have a check up (an examination) to check they are OK.
The service covers York and North Yorkshire and is located at York Hospital.
How can I get to see someone at the centre?
The Centre is only able to see children and young people who are referred by a social worker or the police. It is not a self-referral service, and so this means it is not confidential. (unlike the Adult Sexual Assault Referral Centre –SARC)
This is because the service is for children and young people who are under 16 and nurses, doctors, the police and social workers need to know what has happened so they can help and support the child/young person.
If you are worried that this has happened to you or you are worried about someone else and you are under 16, it is really important that you tell someone, so that we can help you.
This could be someone you trust like a teacher or the pastoral lead at school, your family doctor, or your school nurse.
If you only feel able to talk to someone confidentially, perhaps to help you decide what to do next, you can contact the NSPCC 24 hour helpline - tel 0808 8005000 or email [email protected]
If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of harm, please phone the police 999.
Other links to may find helpful:
Sexual Abuse is never ok.
It is ok to speak to someone to ask for help – Abuse is never your fault.