safeguarding

Resources for Victims and Survivors

Northampton Healing and Reconciliation Reference Group

Northampton Diocese is keen to improve the way that we respond to and engage with those hurt by abuse. Following the December (2018) Safeguarding Commission meeting, a victims and survivors working group was formed and during 2019, two of the group’s initiatives came into fruition. These included; ‘A Time to Listen’, whereby those hurt by abuse can make an appointment to meet with the Bishop of Northampton and also our first Diocesan Mass for victims and survivors, their families, friends and supporters and anyone hurt by any form of abuse, was held in October. This working group recently renamed the ‘Healing and Reconciliation Reference Group’, is supported by two survivors and is now working on a ‘Healing Strategy’.

The Diocese is keen to recruit new members, including survivors of abuse to join this working group. If you would like to join, or if you have any suggestions, ideas, comments or feedback please complete the form below and we will get back to you. 

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Hurt by Abuse?

The following downloadable leaflets have been prepared by the Survivors Advisory Panel:

How to respond, listen to and support
victims and survivors of abuse

For Parishes

For Religious Communities

A Time to Listen

This is part of Bishop’s initiative to improve the way that the Diocese responds to, and engages with, victims and survivors of abuse. Bishop David Oakley is available to meet with anyone affected by abuse, as a victim, survivor, their families or supporters, where private discussions can take place in a safe and non judgmental environment. Bishop David has ensured that he is able to meet with people affected by abuse on a bi-monthly basis or more frequently, depending on your request. These sessions can be accessed through our safeguarding office on 01604 723514 or safeguarding@northamptondiocese.com.

Click here to download Bishop David’s ‘A Time to Listen’ poster.

Grief to Grace

Grief to Grace is a specialised 5-day programme of spiritual and psychological healing for anyone who has suffered sexual, physical, emotional or spiritual abuse in childhood, adolescence or adulthood, including those who are the victims of a member of the clergy. For more information, please visit: https://www.grieftograceuk.org/.

The Truth Project

The Truth Project allows victims and survivors of child sexual abuse to share their experiences with the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA). The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up in 2015 to investigate organisations and institutions that have failed to protect children from sexual abuse. Those who wish to take part can attend a private session at one of our offices across England or Wales to share their experience with a member of the Inquiry. Their accounts are not tested, challenged, or contradicted. The information supplied is anonymised and will be considered by the Chair and Panel members when reaching their conclusions and making recommendations for the future. As part of the Truth Project, victims and survivors will be given an opportunity to write a message to be published together with the Inquiry’s annual reports. To find our more please visit The Truth Project Website.

Useful Contacts and Links

Spirituality Network: Marie Heath – Co-ordinator  01234 888858 / spirituality@nores.org.uk

CEOP: https://www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/ (CEOP is a law enforcement agency and can be use to keep children and young people safe from sexual exploitation and abuse, you can use this website to report abuse).

NCSC: 07779 984942 / ncsc@catholicsafeguarding.org.uk / http://catholicsafeguarding.org.uk/

CSAS: 020 7901 1920 / https://www.csas.uk.net/

NSPCC: 0808 800 5000 / www.nspcc.org.uk

Child Line: 0800 1111 / www.childline.org.uk

Stop it Now Helpline: 0808 1000 900

Action on Elder Abuse: 080 8808 8141 / www.elderabuse.org.uk

Age UK: 0800 055 6112 / www.ageuk.org.uk

Domestic Violence Helpline:  0808 2000 247 / www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

Domestic Abuse: Bright Sky www.hestia.org/brightsky  and download the free app.  

Cedar (Catholics Experiencing Domestic Abuse Resources): 0808 2000 247 / www.cedar.uk.net

Family Action 020 7254 6251 / www.family-action.org.uk

NAPAC: 0808 801 0331 / https://napac.org.uk/

Samaritans: 116 123 / https://www.samaritans.org/

MACSAS: 08088 01 03 40 / www.macsas.org.uk 

Thirtyoneeight: 0303 003 11 11 / https://thirtyoneeight.org/

Replenished:  https://www.replenished.life/ 

Local Social Services:

Northampton: Child and Adult 0300 126 1000

Bedfordshire: Child 0300 300 8585 / Adult 0300 300 8122

Buckinghamshire: Child 01296 383 962 / Adult 0800 137 915

Berkshire: Child 01753 875362 / Adult 01753 475111

To contact the Police in an emergency call 999 or other enquires 101

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