CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE:
- NSPCC - NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN
The NSPCC runs around 180 services for children, young
people and their families across the UK. These services carry out vital work to protect children in every area of their lives - at home, at school, and in the community.
also provides support and advice via its listening services, which include the NSPCC Helpline for adults and ChildLine for children and young people. (see below)
Helpline: 0808 800 5000, and Asian Helpline, every day, 24 hours a day (freephone)
ChildLine counsellors are trained staff and volunteers who all have experience of listening and talking
to children and young people.
ChildLine is supported by the NSPCC.
Childline: 0800 11 11, every day, 24 hours a day (freephone)
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Parents Helpline: 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday
9.30am - 4pm, free for mobiles and landlines).
To find your local CAMHS service: speak
to your GP who can refer you, or visit NHS Choices - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and search for services in your area.
■ For general enquiries about YoungMinds, Call:
020 7089 5050
■ If you are an adult worried about a child, email: email@example.com.
For general enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
or use the form at the bottom of this page. We'll try to get back to you within 48 hours.
Young suicide prevention society.
Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7pm-10pm. Weekends 2pm-5pm)
Support to children and young people under 16 and those around them, to prevent bullying and child sexual abuse.
Kidscape equips young
people, parents and professionals with the skills to tackle bullying and safeguarding issues across the UK.
Contact us: 020 7730 3300
2 Grosvenor Gardens
London SW1W 0DH
Student helpline in most UK universities
Lists all the universities in England that are in alliance with Nightline as well as contact details for those who wish to speak to someone at night.
- STUDENTS AGAINST DEPRESSION
Comprehensive information and discussion for UK students about depression and common
This is a website about young people’s real life experiences of health and lifestyle. This is not just a website about the medical
facts, this is about real people and real lives. Watch, listen and read young people talking about their experiences, and feel free to join in the forums.
For advice on unplanned pregnancy
or if you are concerned after you have had an abortion, call CARE confidential on 0800 028 2228 (This is a UK Free phone number)
- British Pregnancy Advisory Service
For further advice on on unplanned pregnancies or if you have had an abortion, please call the British Preganancy Advisory Service (BPAS) on 08457 30 40 30
Residential refuge for people in extreme suicidal distress and despair. Maytree provides support 24 hours
a day. They are a very small team, so you might go through to an answering machine and someone will call you back. You can talk to Maytree about anything totally confidentially. They offer a place to stay away from your current problems to reflect and
rethink your options
Tel: 0207 263 7070
Information for anyone being bullied or concerned with bullying.
Tel 0808 800 2222
• COAP (Children of Addicted Parents)
forum for young people affected by a parent’s addiction.
Tel: 0207 763
This website provides links for many more external helpful sites (see below)
Abs Kids - Anti-Bullying Shared - www.abs-kids.co.uk
Action For Children - www.actionforchildren.org.uk/our-services/family-support/targeted-intervention
Action on Addiction - www.actiononaddiction.org.uk
Addaction - www.addaction.org.uk
AdFam - www.adfam.org.uk
Adult Children of Alcoholics - www.adultchildrenofalcoholics.co.uk
Al-Anon and Al-ateen - 12 Step programmes to help people affected by somenone who drinks - www.al-anonuk.org.uk
Action Ireland - www.alcoholireland.ie
Barnados - www.barnardos.org.uk
Barnados - Time for Me Project - www.barnardos.org.uk/timeforme.htm
BEAT - Beating Eating Disorders - www.b-eat.co.uk
Bullying Online - www.bullying.co.uk
Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre - www.ceop.gov.uk
Childline - www.childline.org.uk
Chipmunka Publishing - Mental Health Publisher - www.chipmunkapublishing.co.uk
Core Kids - Marylebone, Wandsworth, Hertfordshire - www.corekids.org
Counselling Directory - www.counselling-directory.org.uk
Counsellors UK - www.helptoheal.co.uk
D-World - by Drugscope - www.drugscope-dworld.org.uk
Depression UK - www.depressionuk.org
Do-It - www.do-it.org.uk
Drugfam - www.drugfam.co.uk
Drugsline - www.drugsline.org
Families Anonymous - www.famanon.org.uk
Gamcare - www.gamcare.org.uk
Teen Help - www.teenhelp.org
The Rise Foundation (Ireland) - www.therisefoundation.ie
Kids Company - www.kidsco.org.uk
Kids Zone - The Children's Society - www.thekidszone.org.uk
Mouse Party - http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/addiction/drugs/mouse.html
NACOA National Association for Children of Alcoholics - www.nacoa.org.uk
Outside Edge Theatre - outsidedgetheatre.com
RD4U - www.rd4u.org.uk – Bereavement
Recover Your Life - www.recoveryourlife.com
– online self-harm community
Samaritans - www.samaritans.org
Stars National Initiative - www.starsnationalinitiative.org.uk
Talking About Cannabis - www.talkingaboutcannabis.com
The Children's Society - www.childrenssociety.org.uk
Turn to Me - Mental Health - www.turn2me.org
Turning Point - www.turning-point.co.uk
Winston's Wish - www.winstonswish.org.uk
Young Carers - www.youngcarer.com
Young Carers - www.youngcarers.net
Young Minds - www.youngminds.org.uk
YouthNet - www.youthnet.org
Some mothers and children use silence or denial to try to cope with the abuse. But most children appreciate
an opportunity to acknowledge the violence and to talk about what they are feeling. Do talk to your children - and listen to them. Try to be honest about the situation, without frightening them. Reassure them that the violence is not their fault and that they
are not responsible for adult behaviour. Explain to them that violence is wrong and that it does not solve problems. Remember, your children will naturally trust you - try not to break that trust by directly lying to them.
Encourage your children to talk about their wishes and feelings. You could do this perhaps by doing an activity together, or encouraging them to draw or write about what is happening and how they
feel about it. Your child's teacher may be able to help you with this. Sometimes children will wait until they feel safe and are no longer in the violent environment before they start to talk about their feelings. You could suggest that your children look
at the Women's Aid website for children and young people, The Hideout: http://www.thehideout.org.uk/. This website has information, activities, a quiz and stories of children living with domestic
You may believe it is best for your children if you try to keep the family together in order to provide the security of a home and father - despite
the ongoing fear, and the emotional and physical abuse. However, children will feel more secure with one parent in a stable environment than with two parents when the environment is unstable and violent.
Need to Talk? If you need to talk, you can call CHILDLINE - it is free and confidential.
Tel: 0800 1111