If you think someone is in immediate danger
Don't delay – call the police on 999, or call NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, straight away.
If you are a child (under 18)
You can speak to someone about anything which is troubling you, by contacting Childline 0800 1111. Or you can speak to someone at your Quaker meeting, perhaps an adult who helps with the children.
You can talk to:
- Thirtyone:eight This independent specialist safeguarding organisation supports Quakers with a helpline 0303 003 11 11 you can ring day or night. They also have a chargeable Listening Service where adult survivors of abuse can talk about sensitive issues in detail and in confidence with a sensitive listener.
- Your area meeting safeguarding co-ordinator. Their details should be on a poster in your meeting house. You can ask at your Quaker meeting, or use the contact at the foot of this page.
- At your local meeting: You can speak to the clerk, or Quakers who look after eldership or oversight, or a member of children's committee. They can put you in touch with the area meeting safeguarding co-ordinator.
- Britain Yearly Meeting's Safeguarding Officer is available on 020 7663 1103 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- At events run by Britain Yearly Meeting: Speak to someone running the event.
- At summer events and link groups: Speak to someone organising the event. These will have their own safeguarding procedures. Link Groups usually use their area meeting's policy.
Friends Southern Summer Events (Junior Gathering and Senior Conference)
Friends Summer School
Northern Young Friends Summer Shindig
Yorkshire Friends Holiday School
- Other Quaker organisations are independent bodies. Contact them directly. These include Quaker schools, Woodbrooke, The Retreat, Claridge House, Charney Manor, and others.
You can talk to:
Thirtyone:eight - supports Quakers with a helpline 0303 003 11 11 you can ring day or night.
They also have a chargeable Listening Service where adult survivors of abuse can talk about sensitive issues in detail and in confidence with a sensitive listener.
Local authority - Your local authority's Children's Services and Adult Services have the statutory responsibility for safeguarding children and adults, and are key organisations to contact. Find your local authority.
NHS.uk - I'm worried about someone who may be experiencing abuse or neglect – what should I do?
I think I am being abused or neglected – what can I do?
Parents Protect - Helps parents and carers to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation
Stop it Now! - A child sexual abuse prevention campaign and helpline.
Action on Elder Abuse - Works to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older adults
Age UK - Sometimes you may feel at risk, or are concerned about another person. If this happens there are people you can speak to and there is help available.
Ann Craft Trust - A leading UK authority on safeguarding disabled children and adults at risk.
KIDSCAPE Advice for children, young people and parents on dealing with bullying. Telephone 0207 823 5430.
Women's Aid - Information, support and advice for women and children affected by domestic abuse.
If someone tells you about abuse
In local or area meetings, contact the area meeting safeguarding co-ordinator - see above.
At events run by Britain Yearly Meeting, you can use the BYM disclosure procedures and guidance.
At other Quaker events or organisations, use their procedures. You can use the advice below:
For a child: advice from NSPCC
For an adult: advice from Action on Elder Abuse