Our Team

Safeline is a leading specialist charity for sexual abuse and rape.  We are:

Supporting – offering therapeutic and non clinical services for those who have been affected by the traumas that sexual abuse, rape and their associated issues reveal.

Preventing – actively working towards stopping rape and sexual abuse from happening.

Safeline services are confidential and offered for those seeking support – survivors, families, partners, carers, friends – regardless of age, gender, sexuality, race, disability, or political and religious opinion.

Our main office is in Warwick and we see clients at centres across Warwickshire and Coventry including Nuneaton, Leamington Spa, Kenilworth and Stratford-upon-Avon.  We offer online support services throughout England and Wales.


Neil Henderson worked at Royal Mail for 26 years operating successfully at Board level both in executive and non-executive roles. During that time, he played a leading role in designing and implementing a £2 billion modernisation programme that transformed the Royal Mail operation, securing significant efficiency savings and service improvements. He also delivered a commercial growth strategy that enabled Royal Mail to successfully adapt and respond to a rapidly changing competitive environment.

Neil had always planned to leave Royal Mail when he reached the age of 50 to look for a fresh challenge where he could use his skills, knowledge and experience to support those issues that he genuinely cared about and that inspired him. For personal reasons the third sector always had significant meaning for him and so from 2010 he devoted more of his time to working with third sector organisations to help them deliver their aims and objectives. He worked with the CEOs and top teams of Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society, Cystic Fibrosis and Save the Children. During that period he also continued to work with various CEOs of private organisations to design and deliver transformational change across a broad range of issues. In 2014 he was appointed CEO of Safeline.

Teams at Safeline

Our Trustees

Safeline is a charity and we have a board of trustees who use their skills and experience to help us to achieve our aims.

Office Management Team

Working behind the scenes to make sure everything runs smoothly, plus raising vital funds to make sure we can continue with our amazing support and prevention work.

Clinical Team

This specialist team assesses all new clients, manages our counsellors and maintains high levels of professional and ethical standards.

Therapists and Counselling Team

A large team of counsellors and therapists, qualified or in their last year of training. Our team have all had specialist training in working with survivors of rape and sexual abuse (OCN Award Level 2/3).  Our counsellors are members of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)  and our Qualified Art Therapists are HCPC registered and  members of the  British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). All are fully insured.

Please ask your counsellor if you would like further details about their  training and experience.


Our specialist support workers or ISVAs (Independent Sexual Violence Advisors) and ChISVA (Children’s Indpendent Sexual Violence Advisor) are here to provide independent emotional and practical support and assistance to anyone who has experienced sexual violence and abuse. They can provide tailored advice, information and access to services and also support through the Criminal Justice system if you decide this is the path for you.  Our ISVAs have all undertaken accredited ISVA Development training and can help adults and children aged 4+ and their family members.

Education and Prevention Team

Working in schools, youth clubs and other settings to reduce the risk of harm and exploitation.

Helpline and Online Services Team

Offering support, information and signposting to people affected by rape and sexual abuse.  We can also offer counselling online or by telephone to those who can’t physically access our services.  See Helpline and Online Support Services for further information.

Training Team

Providing tailor-made sessions, locally and nationally covering a wide range of subjects from safeguarding, working with self-harm and child protection to understanding the emotional, psychological and biological effects of trauma.  Parents, fostering services, therapeutic centres, teachers, police/criminal justice system and mental health professionals have all used our training services.

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