Sexual Offences

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11 February 2022.

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Photo of Sarah Champion Sarah Champion Chair, International Development Committee, Chair, International Development Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether prioritisation is given to victims who go through the police referral route to Sexual Assault Referral Centres in England over self-referral routes.

Photo of Gillian Keegan Gillian Keegan Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

NHS England and NHS Improvement have commission Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) in partnership with regional police and crime commissioners. However, police referrals are not prioritised over self-referrals or any other referral route. SARCs provide accessible support to all who suffer from rape, sexual assault and abuse, including health care and onward referral to other health and social care services. Both police and self-referrals are offered the same access.

NHS England has increased the investment into sexual assault and abuse services and continues to review patient pathways and provide new services to meet the needs of the victims and survivors who access them.

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