Safeguarding: Survivors Voices

At the moment, I am taking part in the Safeguarding Senior Leadership Pathway led by the National Safeguarding Team.

As part of our session’s pre-reading, I came across an interesting website called Survivors Voices which taps into the expertise of people affected by abuse. This is a non-profit organisation.

This is taken from their homepage :

Survivors Voices is a survivor-led organisation that harnesses the expertise of people affected by abuse in order to transform society’s response to trauma and abuse. We are ‘experts by experience’, survivors of all types of abuse, experienced as a child or as an adult, turning our pain into the power to create something good.

Our vision is for a safer society with support for survivors that is survivor-sensitive, survivor-empowering and services that are trauma-aware and trauma-competent.

We carry out our vision by:

  • gathering survivors and allies to listen, share and understand
  • harnessing the expertise of survivors to identify what needs to improve and how to create lasting change
  • championing survivor involvement to co-create survivor-sensitive, trauma-competent practices

They run peer support groups, research programmes, develop tools, educate others, run survivor-led projects and produce resources for a variety of audiences.

They are not able to provide therapy or counselling but do signpost to a number of useful organisations:

NAPAC – support line for adults abused as children (any form of abuse).

Survivors Trust – a network of organisations supporting survivors of sexual abuse and rape, with a database of sources of help.

Into the Light – support for people who have been sexually abused and their supporters.

TAG – Trauma and Abuse education and resources.

Stop it Now – for anyone concerned about child sexual abuse.

It’s Good to Talk – find a registered therapist.

DABS – books and resources.

MIND – information and help with mental health.

NSPCC – support for children at risk of abuse and their families.

Childline – helpline for children and young people.

Safe Spaces – support for people abused within the Church of England, Catholic Church in England and Wales or the Church in Wales

Respect: support for male victims of domestic abuse