Information and advice for children and young people
Every child and young person has the right to be safe and free from abuse and neglect. If you are worried about yourself or someone you know is at risk, you are not alone. There are lots of organisations that can help.
Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch.
The NSPCC are the leading children’s charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK.
Open Minds will help you with questions about emotional health and wellbeing, showing you where you can find support.
What is abuse
Abuse can be broken down into four types:
- Physical Abuse: when a grown up hurts you on purpose, for example: hitting, shaking, burning and suffocating.
- Emotional Abuse: this could be things such as being ignored on purpose, called names and getting unfairly blamed for lots of things.
- Sexual Abuse: this could be being forced to take a rude photo or take part in sexual activities.
- Neglect: when you are not looked after properly by your parents/carers. For example: not getting enough food and drink.
- People calling you names
- Making things up to get you into trouble
- Hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
- Stealing from you
- Damaging your belongings on purpose
- Taking your friends away from you
- Spreading rumours
- People threatening you, or being intimidating
- Cyber bullying – anything that is online such as Facebook or Email
For help and advice on how to cope with bullying, visit the Childline website.
- Use hard to guess passwords
- Make sure you know who you’re talking too
- Cover or unplug your web camera if it is not in use
- meet someone you only know online
- reveal too much personal information that could lead a stranger to identify you
- send explicit photo’s or videos of yourself to others because once they’re gone you lose control of them
Childline has lots of information on how to stay safe online, sexting, cyber bullying: How to stay safe online.
There may be many reasons why you are not living at home, it may be just your parent has had to go into hospital for a long stay, or your parents may be working or living in another country.
If you think you are living with private foster carers and want to talk to someone for help and advice, please contact:
Multi-Agency Screening Team (MAST) on 01422 393336 or for more information, read this leaflet Private fostering young people