Making a complaint to Samaritans

Stage 1

First discuss your complaint with the volunteer on duty.  They may be able to resolve it with an explanation or apology.

Stage 2

If you are not happy with the explanation you can make a complaint direct to a Samaritans branch or by contacting Samaritans’ Central Office. You can do this by phone, letter, email, in person or through our website.
Telephone the Quality Team at Central Office 020 8394 8300
Writing a letter - address below

Stage 3

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of stage 2 you have 15 working days in which to ask for your complaint to be reviewed.  You must request a review in writing to Central Office and you must include your name and contact information as well as full details about the complaint, including why you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the investigation.
Receipt of your request for a review will be acknowledged within 3 working days.
The Quality Officer will provide you with a more detailed overview of the stage 3 procedure and what it entails.
The stage 3 review will be carried out by 2 senior volunteers who are independent of the branch involved in the complaint. They will contact you so that you can explain things from your point of view. You can expect a full reply within one calendar month. If the review cannot be completed within that time, you will be informed of the delay and told when you can expect a response.

Contact details:

The Quality Team, Service Support Department, Samaritans, The Upper Mill, Kingston Road, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 2AF
Tel: +44 (0)20 8394 8300