We are a Safe Space
What is Safe Space?
The Central Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Safe Spaces Scheme is part of the Bedfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership Safe Spaces Scheme where specific locations within the community are available to:
- offer a safe space for somebody to go to who needs to access support
- offer a safe space for someone to contact a support service to help them safely
As over 85% of Domestic Abuse cases involve children, as a school we are keen to support this scheme and continue to be able to offer support to our children and their families.
A Safe Space is an area in our school that enables someone experiencing domestic abuse to be able to make a confidential call, use the internet safely to get help, pick up a leaflet or to just be somewhere safe. There will be a safe space at both of our school sites and support offered by a member of our Safeguarding team, access to a telephone, internet and information leaflets.
To access a safe space at our school you can either telephone and request use of a safe space or come to the school office and request to see ANI (Annie). The government has launched the Ask for ANI (Action Needed Immediately) code word scheme to enable victims of domestic abuse to access immediate help from the police, or other support services. Our staff will understand that by requesting to see ANI you require a safe space.
What does Clare’s Law do?
The Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme (“Clare's Law”) was legislation developed and introduced in the UK and Wales in 2014. The law allows the police to disclose information to victims of domestic violence, on request, about a partner's previous history of domestic/intimate partner violence or violent acts.
- Domestic abuse is a pattern of behaviour on the part of the abuser designed to control their partner. It can happen at any point in a relationship, including after you have split up.
- Domestic abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, background, gender, religion, sexuality or ethnicity.
- Domestic abuse is never the fault of the person who is experiencing it.
- Domestic abuse is a crime.
Local Support Telephone Numbers:
- Bedfordshire Signpost Hub - 0800 028 2887
- Bedford Women's Centre - 01234 316801
- Stepping Stones - 01582 457114
- Sorted Bedfordshire - 01582 674442
National Support Services:
- Free National Dometisc Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247 (offers live chat service)
- Victim Support - 08 08 16 89 111
- MALE (Mens Advice Line) - 0808 801 0327 (web chat available)
- Embrace - 0345 609 9960
- LGBTQ+ DV Helpline - 0300 9995428 ( offers live chat service)
- Karma Nirvana - 'Honour' - Based Abuse Helpline - 0800 5999 247
- National Stalking Helpline - 0808 802 0300
- Respect Phone line - 0808 802 4040 (for those who are worried about or want to change their behaviour)