The Bridge (SARC 24 hrs) Under 18 Pathway
The Bridge exists to support any woman, man or young person who has been raped or sexually assaulted.
We provide emotional, medical and practical care and support, including a free, specialist counselling service for anyone assaulted within the last 12 months. We also provide forensic medical examinations with and without police involvement, giving clients the freedom to have evidence collected without the pressure to make an immediate decision about reporting to the police.
Our telephone line is answered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is for:
- anyone who has been sexually assaulted at any time
- family and friends of anyone who has been assaulted
- professionals who have received a disclosure
The Crisis Worker who answers can provide information, advice and support.
As from the 1st October 2018, The Bridge – Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Bristol, lead all paediatric cases in Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Swindon force areas. This is for acute cases that require a forensic medical examination.
For cases that are outside of the forensic window in Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucester, children will be supported by the local community paediatric team and local sexual violence services in their respective areas. All children from Avon and Somerset will continue to be supported by The Bridge.
We also now have a full-time male crisis worker in our team.
- Gender: All
- Age: Under 18
- Location: BANES, Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire
- Case type: Non-recent (for advice and support) or recent – within 7 days (for forensic medical examination and immediate care)
- Other: We are a non-discriminatory organisation
Referral for under 18 years old:
- Call has been made to The Bridge prior to attending
- Strategy discussion has taken place
- Ensure FRO booklet is available when attending
- Client is accompanied by
- family or carer of which either is over 18 years
- Police or Social services
For children and young people, we are able to see or speak face to face to them and/or their families or carers,Monday to Friday, 10am – 6pm and on weekends 12pm – 4pm.
Telephone advice is available 24 hours a day
For children aged 13 and under, this will need to be with the co-operation of the police force in their area.
For young people aged 14 to 17, we may not need to have police involvement although we may have to speak to the police.