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Contact the OPCC by email: [email protected] or telephone: 0114 296 4150

The Children’s SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre) is part of the Safeguarding Support Unit at Sheffield Children’s Hospital.

We provide a child and adolescent friendly environment for 0-16 year olds from across South Yorkshire who have been victims of sexual assault or rape.

Forensic examination can be carried out by specially trained doctors in our forensic examination suite.

We are also able to make recommendations for ongoing services and support as appropriate.


We accept referrals from the police and social care.

If you have concerns about a child or young person who you think may have been sexually assaulted, please contact the police or report the issue to social services.

You can call your local Social Services to talk through your concerns with a social worker and find out about the next steps. You can also contact your local police service. For further information please use the following link:

Sheffield Childrens Hospital have produced the following video of a child’s journey through the SARC.

Journey through the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (

Understanding medical examinations for child sexual abuse concerns

This video is for practitioners and provides an informative, evidence-based resource for frontline practitioners in social care, health and police to explain the paediatric medical examination that takes place when there is an disclosure or suspicion of child sexual abuse.


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