FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
IS SAFER LIVES A CONFIDENTIAL SERVICE?
We would only share things you say to us, or other concerns, if we were worried that you are going to imminently harm yourself or someone else, or if you disclose having caused serious harm to someone else which has not been previously reported or investigated. In this situation our priority would be to protect victims and to try to prevent future victimisation. We do not speak to the Police about you unless there are imminent and serious risk issues which need their attention.
The Police and other agencies will not know you are working with Safer Lives, unless you choose to tell them yourself.
Prior to your sessions with us we will provide a comprehensive confidentiality agreement for you to read and submit, and we will check you understand the limitations we have.
WHAT DO I GET FROM WORKING WITH SAFER LIVES?
In short, you get non-judgmental emotional support and a better understanding of your problematic behaviours. You should also better understand of the justice processes and how all of this might impact on your future, and how these adversities can be mitigated through making positive changes. We will only work with you if you want to understand and make permanent changes to unhealthy and problematic lifestyles and/ or offending behaviours. This work should be through a relationship with us where you feel valued and listened to.
DO WE PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF THE WORK COMPLETED WITH SAFER LIVES?
If you complete a Safer Lives Programme or Transitions Programme you will get a completion letter explaining in general terms what work you have undertaken. You can present this to a solicitor, social worker, or to the Probation Service and/ or to the Court. If you engage with ongoing support from us following the completion of a programme, we may be able to provide a further letter to explain your further engagement with Safer Lives.
DO SAFER LIVES ONLY WORK WITH ADULTS?
We have a Transitions Programme for people aged 16-21. This can be increased to 25 if the client has specific learning needs or has little experience of employment and/ or relationships.
We can provide information-giving appointments to children and their families, under 16, but we do not provide an ongoing programme. See the page 'Other Supports'.
DO YOU OFFER SLIDING SCALE RATES?
We have some funds to help us reduce the cost of the initial consultation for those in receipt of means tested state benefits.
DO YOU ONLY WORK WITH MEN?
We work with people aged 16+, regardless of gender.
DO WE ONLY WORK WITH ONLINE SEXUAL BEHAVIOURS?
We have worked with around 1500 people, and most of these will have been under Police investigation for indecent image or online sexual communication offences. However, we also routinely work with other sexual offences, including indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual assault. We can also work with people who have already been convicted and processed by the courts. We also work with people who are concerned about their behaviour or sexual interests, but who are not under investigation or have been convicted.
HOW LONG DOES EACH SESSION TAKE?
Appointments are usually one hour in length. If a client has travelled far we can 'double up' appointments.
Transition programme sessions (age 16-21) are 45 minutes in length.
IF YOU HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS THEN CALL, WHATSAPP OR EMAIL US FOR A CHAT
Call 0800 043 5987 (any reasonable hour)
WhatsApp or Text 0747 668 3012
"I also just wanted to thank you very much for last year and the sessions, it was worth every penny and i would highly reccomend it to anyone, the biggest help was talking about my problems in the past that led to where my mind set had got too, that helped me a lot to get it out of my system and talk about it, i am in a good place in life now after Monday i can go forwards, now covid is sort of calming down so i can restart my life, i just wanted to thank you so much"