National service guidelines for developing Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs)

This publication was published under the 2005 to 2010 Labour government

Highlights the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) as a model of good practice in the provision of immediate care to victims of serious sexual violence.



The guidelines have been produced jointly by the Home Office and Department of Health because they are relevant to the police and health services in equal measure. Partnership working between these agencies, and with the voluntary sector, is crucial in the provision of services to victims of sexual violence, and in particular, to the success of SARCs.