Listed below are services available in Herefordshire, for children who have survived recent or non-recent rape, sexual assault, grooming or sexual exploitation.

Which service is right for the victim/survivor at this time?

What to do if someone tells you they have been sexually assaulted


Check are they safe - If they are in immediate dangercall 999

Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Listen and Believe: Listen attentively without judgment. Believe their account survivors often fear not being believed, so your support matters.
  2. Safety and Consent: Ensure their safety. If the assault is recent, encourage them to seek medical attention.
  3. Medical Attention: The police will organise appropriate medical examinations for children under the age of 14. SARCs provide medical, emotional, and practical support for survivors. Find rape and sexual assault referral centres - NHS (
  4. Preserve Evidence: Encourage them to preserve evidence (clothing, messages, etc.) without washing or changing. Explain that this can be crucial for investigations.
  5. Support Networks: Help them connect with support networks.  Speak to a teacher, school nurse, designated safeguarding lead or other trusted adult.

    Our Services - WMRSASC have specialist advisors who can discuss options with them and will be able to offer appropriate practical and emotional support tailored to their circumstances. Contacting Childline | Childline is open 24 hours 7 days a week, when you call them on 0800 1111 you will get through to a counsellor or you can have a 1-2-1 counsellor chat

Report it to the police

If in immediate danger, call 999.

If reporting or advice, call 101

Report online Report a crime | West Mercia Police

If you are concerned about a child click on the following link Concerned About a Child? - Herefordshire Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships