Worried about abuse - for you or someone else? You can contact people via this page who will help you. You can talk about things happening now or in the past, easily and safely.

Sources of help

    Amongst Quakers

    You can talk to:

    • Thirtyone:eight supports Quakers with a helpline 0303 003 11 11 you can ring day or night.
    • Your area meeting safeguarding co-ordinator. Their details may be on a poster in your meeting house. You can ask at your Quaker meeting, or use the contact at the foot of this page.
    • At your local meeting: the clerk, or Quakers who look after eldership or oversight, or a member of children's committee. They can put you in touch with the area meeting safeguarding co-ordinator.
    • Britain Yearly Meeting's lead for safeguarding in local and area meetings
      020 7663 1103 or safe@quaker.org.uk.
    • At events run by Britain Yearly Meeting: Speak to someone running the event.
    • At summer events and link groups: Speak to someone organising the event. These will have their own safeguarding procedures. Link Groups usually use their area meeting's policy.
      Friends Southern Summer Events (Junior Gathering and Senior Conference)
      Friends Summer School
      Northern Young Friends Summer Shindig
      Yorkshire Friends Holiday School
    • Other Quaker organisations are independent bodies. Contact them directly. These include Quaker schools, Woodbrooke, The Retreat, Claridge House, Charney Manor, and others.

    External organisations

    You can talk to:

    Thirtyone:eight - supports Quakers with a helpline 0303 003 11 11 you can ring day or night.
    We also have a Listening Service when adult survivors of abuse can talk about sensitive issues in detail and in confidence with a sensitive listener.

    Childline - You can talk to us about anything. No problem is too big or too small. 0800 1111 or you can email Childline via this link.

    NSPCC - Contact our helpline if you're worried about a child and speak to one of our counsellors, or report it online. 0808 800 5000 help@nspcc.org.uk.

    NHS.uk - I'm worried about someone who may be experiencing abuse or neglect – what should I do?
    I think I am being abused or neglected – what can I do?

    Parents Protect - We help parents and carers to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation

    Stop it Now! - A child sexual abuse prevention campaign and Helpline.

    Action on Elder Abuse - We work to protect and prevent the abuse of vulnerable older adults

    Age Concern UK - Sometimes you may feel at risk, or are concerned about another person. If this happens there are people you can speak to and there is help available.

    If you think someone is in immediate danger

    Don't delay – call the police on 999, or call NSPCC on 0808 800 5000, straight away.

    If someone tells you about abuse

    At events run by Britain Yearly Meeting, you can use the BYM disclosure procedures and guidance.

    At other Quaker events or organisations, use their procedures. You can use the advice below, and speak to someone running the event.

    A child: advice from NSPCC

    An adult: advice from Action on Elder Abuse

    Contact us

    More support on Quaker aspects:

    Britain Yearly Meeting's lead for safeguarding in local and area meetings
    020 7663 1103
    safe@quaker.org.uk