Routes to Help

SAFE! is now open for referrals to the Young Victim Service and SASH Bucks

PLEASE NOTE: We are experiencing extremely high numbers of referrals and would ask you to check our criteria closely before referring. We are not a crisis service and there is likely to be several weeks wait before we are able to meet with a child one-to-one. We are working hard to try to reduce our waiting times and keep in contact with families whilst waiting, but we ask for your patience and understanding.

A few key things to remember:

  • The young person must be aware of the referral and consent to support.
  • We cannot provide support where abuse towards a child is ongoing.
  • We are not a specialist mental health service and where a young person’s needs are beyond our remit we will not accept the referral.
  • If the young person is engaging in professional support from another service we may ask that the referral is resubmitted should this finish and they still require support

The Young Victim Service (YVS)

Help to cope with an experience of crime or victimisation through practical and emotional support through a range of services:

  • One-to-one support for children aged 5 to 18 (up to 25 for those with additional needs).
  • Group work and peer support programmes
  • Advocacy support from specialist Independent Sexual & Domestic Violence Advisors
  • Find out more

Building Respectful Families (BRF)

A restorative whole family approach to help where there is Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (CAPVA) in the home.

  • The Building Respectful Families Service is accepting requests for support for families affected by Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence to Abuse (CAPVA). 
  • Request Support here 



  • A Buckinghamshire support service for children and their families who have experienced domestic abuse or sexual harm
  • A partnership service working together with AVMKSAASS providing advocacy, practical help and counselling
  • Find out more (coming soon)


Helpful Information when completing the referral form

  • Our online referral form is not supported by Microsoft Explorer - Please use any up to date browser such as Chrome or Edge.
  • Ensure that all fields are completed and that the D.O.B is entered in this format 01/02/2011. 
  • If you do not know the answer to a field or it does not apply, just enter n/a or unknown.
  • Only enter the GP Surgery name.
  • If there is an error on the form it will not let you proceed onto the next page. Please look for a box with a red outline and correct it.

If you are a young person or parent and would like to self-refer but cannot use the online form please email for The Young Victims Service/SASH Bucks and for Building Respectful Families with your name and number, and someone will call you to take a referral over the phone.

We use interpretation services whenever required to ensure we can meet the needs of any young person or parent/carer.  We can help if you have any special requirements to access our support.


If you or someone else is in immediate danger please contact the police on 999.


If you need immediate support please contact ChildLine by visiting their website or calling their helpline on 0800 11 11. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


If you live outside of the Thames Valley, you may still be able to get help. To find out what's available in your area you could:

  • Contact the police on their non-emergency contact number 101 which will put you through to your local police station
  • Visit the Ministry of Justice's search tool for victims of crime for a local support agency. The search tool can be found here
  • Find your local Victim Support group by visiting their website or by calling 0845 30 30 900

f you have any problems finding appropriate support in your area please email or phone SAFE! on 01865 582495 and we shall try our best to find the appropriate service for you.