Caring for Survivors of Abuse

Listening to and Caring for People Who Have Experienced Abuse

The Church is committed to caring pastorally for people who have lived experience of abuse and other affected persons and to continuing to learn how to respond in a supportive and healing way to the needs of those who have suffered abuse. Those who have suffered abuse within the Church should always receive a compassionate response, be listened to and be taken seriously.

Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces is a free and independent support service for anyone who has experienced abuse in relation to the Church of England, the Church in Wales or the Catholic Church of England and Wales. This could be abuse by someone who holds any role at the church or is linked to participating in a church-led activity or group.

Although the churches have funded the service, it is run independently by the charity First Light.

If you have been affected, however long ago, Safe Spaces can provide you with support. You do not have to have told the police or the church authorities, and you do not have to still be involved with the church. Your information will not be shared without your consent unless you or someone else is in immediate danger

Tel: 0300 303 1056 

The helpline is open Monday - Friday 9am - 9pm, Saturday 9am - 1pm and Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Email: safespaces@firstlight.org.uk

Website:  https://www.safespacesenglandandwales.org.uk/ 

+ Survivor Care Strategy

+ Support Services for those with lived experience of abuse

‘If I Told You, What Would You Do?’ 

... is a suite of accessible materials and resources, including a series of seven videos, to support those with lived experience of abuse in a church context, as well as with those who need to see, hear and respond well to them - families, friends, church members. The resources can be accessed here

House of Survivors - Stronger Informed, Stronger Together

The House of Survivors is a website set up by two members of The Church of England's Survivor’s Reference Group and offers useful resources and information on church-related abuse. You can access it here 

Survivors Voices

The Church of England National Safeguarding Team has worked with Survivors Voices to consult survivors on how to improve  practice in responding well to survivors of abuse.  Download the published report here