- Reference Number: HEY-1368-2023
- Departments: Corporate, Safeguarding
- Last Updated: 16 November 2023
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The Anlaby Suite is a place to come if you have been raped or sexually assaulted
Staff at the Anlaby Suite are always ready to help. We will help you no matter when the rape or assault happened. We see children and young people under the age of 16 years, within the Humberside area. If you are over 16 years old, we may still be able to see you if we are seeing other members of your family or if you have any additional support needs. Your social workers will be able to discuss this with us. It could have been in the last few days, weeks, months or even years ago.
We see children and young people when they have been sexually abused or people are worried they may have been sexually abused.
We are here to listen and want to ensure you are happy, healthy and safe.
Even if the rape or sexual assault happened a long time ago, we could help you in other ways. The doctor will give you a full health
check, could undertake screening for sexual infections and look at other health and well-being needs. They would listen to you if you
are in pain, sore or maybe have negative thoughts and feelings. We could offer you help and support.
If you have any questions before your come to see us, we are happy to answer these. We could do this by phone, text or in person. It might be that you would want a male or female doctor or you may want to come and visit us before the appointment to talk about what will happen.
We are very flexible and can support most requests from you.
When you arrive at the Suite, a safeguarding children practitioner or other member of staff will meet you and your parent/carer and explain the process. A Police Officer or Social Worker will also often accompany you.
We have a warm and welcoming reception room, which has sofas and a TV. We also have an iPad with games and lots of toys, books and games to keep you busy whilst you are here. We will offer drinks, food if you are hungry as sometimes you may be with us for a few hours.
The doctor will introduce himself or herself. They will talk to you and ask some questions. You can also ask any questions that you may have. You can say “no” to an examination at any point, even on the day when you are here. Even with consent, you are in control of what happens and can still change your mind at any point if you wish.
The doctor will give you a check-up to make sure you are medically fit and well. They may also take swabs to help the Police investigate what has happened.
The doctor can check to make sure you are not injured and give help if you are injured. They can also give advice about pregnancy and infections that might happen because of the rape or sexual assault.
The doctor will make a note of any injuries in case it is needed for evidence. The doctor will share their findings with you, the Police and the Social Worker.
At the end, we can answer any questions and will ask you to complete interactive feedback on our IPad. This is confidential and helps us to make sure we get it right for all children and Young people who visit the Anlaby Suite.
The Children and Young Person’s Independent Sexual Violence Advisors are specially trained to provide support
to all genders who are survivors of sexual abuse or sexual violence. The ISVA will work directly with the Child or
Young person and where appropriate their family, providing information and support to help them access relevant
aftercare services. This can be from the point of crisis after an assault or at any time afterwards, irrespective of whether they
have reported to the police or not. They can make a referral to this service to support you.
Referrals to the service can be made by any professional, parent or themselves by either contacting us on 08001974787 or via our website using the online form.
Support for children and young people
The Team at the Anlaby Suite are here to help you and to support your families, if required. We can make referrals onto other agencies who will be in contact to provide extra help and support that you may need.
Where to find us
We are located on the Hull Royal Infirmary site. We are in a unit directly behind the Women and Children’s Hospital, next to the
Pastoral and Spiritual Care Centre. The “yellow star” indicates the building. The Anlaby Suite is open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Tel no. 01482 311086
General Advice and Consent
Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.
Consent to treatment
Before any doctor, nurse or therapist examines or treats your child, they must seek your consent or permission. In order to make a decision, you need to have information from health professionals about the treatment or investigation which is being offered to your child. You should always ask them more questions if you do not understand or if you want more information.
The information you receive should be about your child’s condition, the alternatives available for your child, and whether it carries risks as well as the benefits. What is important is that your consent is genuine or valid. That means:
- you must be able to give your consent
- you must be given enough information to enable you to make a decision
- you must be acting under your own free will and not under the strong influence of another person
Information about your child
We collect and use your child’s information to provide your child with care and treatment. As part of your child’s care, information about your child will be shared between members of a healthcare team, some of whom you may not meet. Your child’s information may also be used to help train staff, to check the quality of our care, to manage and plan the health service, and to help with research. Wherever possible we use anonymous data.
We may pass on relevant information to other health organisations that provide your child with care. All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it. If you have any concerns please ask your child’s doctor, or the person caring for your child.
Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about your child. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.
If you need information about your child’s (or a child you care for) health and wellbeing and their care and treatment in a different format, such as large print, braille or audio, due to disability, impairment or sensory loss, please advise a member of staff and this can be arranged.