"Survivors of abuse of any form deserve the greatest care and respect. Their courage in coming forward to disclose their experience to personnel within the Church can never be underestimated. So, Church personnel must take care to provide an immediacy of response (as well as sensitive care) to anyone who wishes to talk about the harm they have suﬀered." (In God’s Image, page 34)
Church personnel are open to receiving contact from survivors and seek to explore the best options available to support anyone who has been abused within the Church.
The Raphael Counselling Service was launched in 2015 and referrals to this service, which is provided by the professional agency Health In Mind, are made via the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.
Please also see the Raphael Counselling Services leaflet.