Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces is a joint Anglican and Catholic Church in England and Wales project to provide a vital support service for survivors of church-related abuse.

The importance of specialist services for victims of faith-based abuse cannot be understated. Those affected by sexual, physical or psychological abuse face increased risk of mental health problems, and are often denied justice.

The proposed model for Safe Spaces, which will run for an initial two-year period, will provide the following:


A central hub helpline with skilled first response advocates trained in trauma-informed advocacy support and advice.


The development of a ‘Safe Spaces’ website to provide information and advice to survivors, families and professionals.

Support Groups

Up to 10 community-based survivor-led therapeutic support groups (both faith-based and secular).

Full details of the services highlighted above and links to the new website will be provided once the work has been completed.