Information for professionals

SARC stands for Sexual Assault Referral Centre and there are around 40 SARC’s in the UK each covering a geographical area that is usually in line with local Policing areas.

SARC Teesside provides comfortable supportive surroundings, forensically secure areas and interview facilities to ensure that Victims of Sexual Violence receive the best possible service in Teesside.

If your client discloses sexual assault or rape you need to consider the following:

  • A quick referral to SARC can ensure all health and forensic needs are addressed within the relevant timescales
  • The SARC will work to re-empower your client – we offer choices and provide information to enable your client to make an informed decision
  • SARC staff are available for advice and support 24/7
  • We offer a confidential and/or anonymous service for clients (subject to safeguarding policy)
  • We will not inform the police or make any referral without the clients consent (subject to safeguarding policy)
  • SARC support is available regardless of whether or not clients choose to report
  • We are happy to visit your place of work to talk about SARC to your team

SARC staff offer an independent victim focussed service. SARC staff recognise that for many victims ‘officials’ such as Police and medical professionals have ‘power’ and therefore will advocate on behalf of the victim throughout.

SARC is the central referral hub for sexual offence services and one referral into SARC can ensure that all appropriate services are put in place through agreed referral pathways.

If you would like your team to have a comprehensive understanding of SARC, please contact us to arrange an awareness raising session. We can also provide training around the impact of sexual violence.