The North West SAAS Partner Network (Strategic Direction for Sexual Assault and Abuse Services) is led by NHS England and covers Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Lancashire. It is made up of representatives from organisations who are responsible for commissioning sexual assault and abuse services.
In 2020, the group applied for funding from NHS England to pay for a Sexual Violence Communication and Engagement Manager. The aim of this role was to coordinate communication and engagement opportunities across the partner organisations and develop new methods that would improve awareness of services. This website is a product of that work.
The aim of this website is to raise awareness of the support services available to victims of sexual violence and provide a digital directory of services. Here are the organisations who support this initiative:
North West SAAS Partner Network
NHS England and NHS Improvement leads the National Health Service (NHS) in England.
The Rainbow Centre, at Alder Hey Hospital
The paediatric SARC at the Rainbow Centre is available for all children under the age of 16 from across Merseyside who have experienced sexual abuse (recent or non-recent).
Cheshire Constabulary is responsible for public protection across Cheshire.
Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner has a mandate for ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of policing services across Cumbria.
Cumbria Constabulary is the territorial police force in England covering Cumbria.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and Mayor, who work with other local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city-region.
Founded in 1839, Lancashire Constabulary covers an area of 1,189 square miles. The county has a population of nearly 1.5 million with a rich diversity of communities, all with specific policing needs.
Lancashire Police Crime Commissioner
The Police and Crime Commissioner’s job is to ensure that the policing needs of Lancashire communities are met as effectively and efficiently as possible.
Lancashire Victim Services
Lancashire Victim Services is delivered by Victim Support on behalf of the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).
Merseyside Police Crime Commissioner
The Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner is an elected official tasked with setting out the way crime is tackled by Merseyside Police in the English County of Merseyside.
Merseyside Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing Merseyside in North West England. The service area is 647 square kilometres with a population of around 1.5 million.
Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (Cheshire and Merseyside)
RASASC (Cheshire and Merseyside) is a registered charity (1049826) committed to supporting people who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse.
RASA is here for anyone who has been sexually abused or raped, or who has been affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives.
SAFE Place Merseyside
SAFE Place Merseyside is the Sexual Assault Referral Centre for the Merseyside area.
Safety Net UK
Safety Net is a charity which supports the recovery of those affected by rape, exploitation, sexual and domestic abuse across Cumbria.
St Mary’s Centre
St Mary's Centre the Sexual Assault Referral Centre for Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
The Birchall Trust
The Birchall Trust offers support in 4 locations across South Cumbria and North Lancashire, as well as providing online therapy.
The Bridgeway support the victims of Rape or Serious Sexual Assault.
The Lancashire SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examination) Centre
The Lancashire SAFE (Sexual Assault Forensic Examination) Centre provides forensic examinations, advice and comprehensive support services for women, men and children of all ages who make a complaint of rape or sexual assault.
The Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner Cheshire
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Cheshire is a non-political, impartial organisation which exists to support the work of the elected PCC.
Trust House Lancashire
Trust House supports people affected by any kind of sexual violence or abuse.
Victim Support is an independent charity dedicated to supporting victims of crime and traumatic incidents in England and Wales.
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Cheshire West and Chester Council
Cheshire West and Chester Council is the local authority of Cheshire West and Chester. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.
Cheshire East Council
Cheshire East Council is the local authority of the Borough of Cheshire East, Cheshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) – Mersey-Cheshire and North West
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is responsible for prosecuting criminal cases, which are investigated by the Police in England and Wales. CPS Mersey-Cheshire covers the counties of Merseyside and Cheshire. The CPS North West Area covers the counties of Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Lancashire and serves a population of 4.8 million people.
Cumbria County Council
Cumbria County Council is the county council of Cumbria, a county in the North West of England.
Galop is the UK’s LGBT+ anti-abuse charity who work with and for LGBT+ victims and survivors of interpersonal abuse and violence.
Halton Borough Council
Halton Borough Council is the local authority for the Borough of Halton, incorporating the towns of Runcorn and Widnes and the parishes of Daresbury, Hale, Moore and Preston Brook. It is a constituent council of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.
Karma Nirvana is a specialist charity for victims and survivors of Honour Based Abuse in the UK.
Liverpool City Council
Liverpool City Council is the governing body for the city of Liverpool in Merseyside, England.
Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool John Moores University is a public research university in the city of Liverpool, England.
Manchester City Council
Manchester City Council is the local government authority for Manchester, a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England.
MASH – Manchester Action on Street Health
Manchester Action on Street Health is a charity that provides support to female sex workers, offering a range of confidential and non-judgmental services in order to help keep them safe and healthy.
My CWA. Cheshire Without Abuse
A Cheshire-based charity supporting families affected by domestic abuse.
Nest Lancashire has been set up to support young people aged 8 to 18 who have been affected by crime or subjected to threats or harassment.
Refuge supports women, children & men experiencing domestic violence with a range of services.
Remedi exist to enable those accessing services to be the people they can and want to be, through the creative and proactive use of restorative approaches.
Survivors UK help male, trans, and non-binary victims of sexual abuse as well as their friends and family across Greater Manchester.
The Survivors Trust
A national umbrella organisation for specialist rape and sexual abuse support services.
The University of Manchester
The University of Manchester is a public research university in Manchester, England.
University of Chester
The University of Chester is a public university located in Chester, England.
University of Salford
The University of Salford is a public university in Salford, Greater Manchester, England,
Warrington Borough Council
Warrington Borough Council is the local authority of Warrington, Cheshire, England. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined.
Cumbria Together provides information and confidential support through a trusted network of support organisations to those affected by crime.
Cheshire CARES (Cope and Recovery Enhanced Service) is the Commissioner's dedicated service providing free support to all victims of crime in Cheshire.
Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service (CSASS)
CSASS is a friendly team of women, working with survivors of sexual abuse to help them feel supported and safe.
Body Positive has more than 25 years’ experience in delivering high quality sexual health and LGBT+ services. We are committed to celebrating healthy relationships and diversity, and we're passionate about providing high quality and innovative services in training, volunteering, campaigning, advice and supporting professionals to deliver positive change. We have three key service streams: SexSmart – services delivering sexual health and healthy relationships, Silver Rainbows for older LGBT+ people and Technicolour LGBT+ services for all ages.
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