Under 18s

It’s really important to us that you are supported and feel safe. 

We are here 24 hours a day for advice (03333 44 8283).  You, or someone you know, can refer you to our services over the phone or online. We want to help you to understand your options so can you decide what happens next.

  • If you have made an online self-referral, we will call you back at a time that is good for you.
  • A doctor or nurse might be arranged to see you to ensure that your physical and sexual health needs are looked after.
  • We will offer you onward support from an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) who is experienced in working with young people.
  • Services such as counselling can help you to explore your feelings within a comfortable and safe environment.

If you are in danger or there is an emergency always dial 999

Under 16s

In most cases, children under the age of 16 will attend the Children and Young People’s Clinic at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. This is because they have an excellent centre specially designed for working with children and young people.

Here Charlie explains what it’s like to have an appointment there and takes us for a look around:

Find your local SARC

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Teesside provides 24/7 support to anyone who has experienced rape and other sexual offences, whether this has happened recently or in the past.

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SARC Northumberland Tyne & Wear opened in September 1991 to provide a free, confidential counselling, support and advice service for women (aged 16 and over at the time of the assault) who have been subjected to an attack of a sexual nature.

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The Meadows Sexual Assault Referral Centre aims to provide a sensitive and comprehensive service to residents of County Durham and Darlington who have experienced rape or sexual assault.

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The staff are really helpful and lovely they could not have done more

Female, 35, Police Interview

Brilliant, could not of got through this tough time without all the help from staff. Thank you for everything

Male, 20, Support Session

They were lovely and made me feel comfortable. Out of hours staff were lovely as well. Talked to me and made me feel at ease and safe

Female, 18, Medical Examination, Police Interview

Excellent, very supportive, listened and gave good advice. A massive thank you to the staff for being so supportive with my daughter and myself at this traumatic time for her. You do an excellent job.

Female, 47, Medical Examination, Police Interview
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