Sexting Solutions

The Send This Instead app has been developed to help children combat sexting from peers. The app gives a range of optional images with humorous messages so that children can send these as a response to sexting, putting them back in control.

 

The “Send this Instead” app empowers kids giving them a voice when they are under pressure to send intimate images of themselves online.


Get it on Google Play

App_Store_Badge

 

 

 
 

Made by ChildLine, Zipit aims to help teenagers deal with difficult sexting and flirting situations. The app offers humorous comebacks, advice, and aims to help teenagers stay in control of flirting when chatting.

 

Download zipit

Zipit is Childline's first ever app, available for Android, Apply and Blackberry smartphones (and iPod touch). It's free to download.

Google Play

Apple Store

BB World

E-Safety presentation

Brief presentation outlining the dangers facing today's teenagers in the world of social media.

Think You Know

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/14_plus/

Since the invention of social media, more and more focus has been on documenting our lives online. Often there is pressure to present a life to others that seems almost movie-like in its perfection. In reality, life doesn’t work that way. And now the internet seems to be fighting back.

This website covers many issues that young people have to face in this digital age. it highlights the story of Amanda Todd who comitted suicide after being cyberbullied.Image result for amanda todd

Redthread

http://www.redthread.org.uk/

I have had the priviledge to meet John Poyton, the Chief Executive of Redthread as well as Karim Abdullah who is a Youth Worker at Kings College Hospital. They are both inspirational and the work they do, along with their colleagues, is absolutely incredible.

A&E Work

 Our Youth Violence Intervention Programme runs in London’s four Major Trauma Centre hospitals. There, our innovative service aims to reduce serious youth violence across the capital, and has revolutionised the support available to young victims of violence. 

Every year thousands of young people aged 11 – 25 come through London’s hospital doors as victims of assault and exploitation. It is then, at this time of crisis, that our youth workers utilise their unique position embedded in the A&E departments alongside clinical staff, to engage these young victims. 

Our extensive experience tells us that this moment of vulnerability, the ‘Teachable Moment’, when young people are out of their comfort zone, alienated from their peers, and often coming to terms with the effects of injury, is a time of change. In this moment many are more able than ever to question what behaviour and choices have led them to this hospital bed and, with specialist youth worker support, pursue change they haven’t felt able to before. 

We focus on this moment and encourage and support young people in making healthy choices and positive plans to disrupt the cruel cycle of violence that can too easily lead to re-attendance, re-injury, and devastated communities.

The Well Centre

 When young people told us that accessing everyday health provisions was often complicated by practical issues and concerns regarding social stigma, Redthread listened. In 2011, in partnership with Dr Stephanie Lamb, the Well Centre model was born

London Gang Exit

 Redthread is delighted to be a delivery partner, alongside Safer London and Only Connect, of London Gang Exit – launched February 2016. This new service means that for the first time ever, anyone aged 16-24, regardless of what London borough they live in, can get support to exit. The service is designed to complement and enhance existing local services across London, and fill in the gaps in provision.

 London Gang Exit is the first pan-London service for anyone aged 16-24, regardless of their gender. This includes those who are at risk from gangs and those who pose a risk of harm to others. This approach is unique as it recognises the complexities of gang involvement and the blurring of lines between offender and victim.

 All work delivered through the London Gang Exit service is tailored to the specific needs of the young person. This could include mental health support, employment support, and specialised support for young women, for example counselling following sexual exploitation.

 Young people are allocated a trained caseworker to provide intensive holistic support, advocate on their behalf and build an effective and consistent relationship with them over an extended period of time.

 There are eligibility criteria for making a referral. Please visit http://www.redthread.org.uk/what-we-do/#london-gang-exit for all the details.

referrals can be made by phone on 0785 0282 2499 or by e-mailing LondonGangExitReferral@londoncrc.org.uk

 

 

Nightline Association

Student Life

London Nightline

http://www.nightline.org.uk

 

We are students there for students.

We are a confidential listening, support and practical information service for students in London and Open University. You can talk to us about anything – big or small – in complete confidence. We won’t judge you or tell you how to run your life: we’ll simply listen to whatever is on your mind.

All our volunteers are students themselves, who have undergone extensive training and who understand that university life isn’t always plain sailing.

 

Helpline: 0207 631 0101
Email: listening@nightline.org.uk

 

Description of service

Confidential listening, support and practical information service for students in London and Open University.

Key Focus

Support for students

Age Range

18 and over

Opening Times

6pm to 8am every night of term

Area Of Operation

Greater London

Referral Method

Self referral

Registered Charity Number

101 5744

Topics

Education
Emotional Distress
Mental Health

 

Here is a list of the affiliated education establishments:

 Brunel University SU
Central School of Speech and Drama
Courtauld Institute of Art Students’ Union
Coventry University in London
Danenberg Oberlin-in-London Program
Glasgow and Caledonian University in London
Grinnell-in-London
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Heythrop College
HULT International Business School in London
Imperial College London
Institute of Cancer Research
INTO London World Education Centre
King’s College London
Kingston University
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Mountbatten Institute
Middlesex University
National Film and Television School
Newcastle University in London
New York University in London
Open University (all campuses)
Queen Mary University SU
Ravensbourne College of Design
Royal Academy of Music
Royal College of Art
Royal College of Music
Royal Holloway
Royal Veterinary College
School of Oriental and African Studies
St. George’s Hospital Medical School
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
University College London
University for the Creative Arts
University of the Arts
University of Coventry in London
University College of Estate Management
University of Greenwich
University of Law
University of West London
University of Westminster

 

Silent Solutions (55)

Silent Solutions

The Secret Emergency Services Number That You Need To Know

 
 
Photo: Alexandra Gavillet
What would you do if you were in danger? Call 999, we'd hope. But what if talking or making a noise could put you or those around you in even more danger? What would you do then?

You might not know it, but emergency services in the UK have a special procedure in place for this very situation.

Usually, if you call 999 and are silent, the operator will ask you to make a noise, such as a cough. But if you're unable to make a sound?

You'll be put through to an operator and the best thing to do is dial 55, otherwise the call will end and the police won't attend, reported the Express & Echo.

Police have admitted in the past that they don't automatically investigate every silent 999 (or 112) call, because there's a chance someone may have mis-dialled the number.

They've recently issued a reminder to the public that the 55 feature, known as Silent Solutions, exists – it is little known and could save women's lives.

“Please do not think that just because you dial 999 that police will attend," a police spokesperson told the Express & Echo.

“We totally understand that sometimes people are unable or too afraid to talk, however it must be clear that we will not routinely attend a silent 999 call.”

So, if you were as clueless about this as we were, why not help spread the word?
 
Source: http://www.refinery29.uk/2017/01/136061/emergency-services-phone-number-55

Get in the Mix

The Mix

http://www.themix.org.uk/

This website is amazing. It has a plethora of information-all really valuable!

 

Helpline: 0808 808 4994

Description of service

Confidential helpline for young people. The helpline operates by telephone, email, webchat and SMS. The aim of Get Connected is to find young people the best help, whatever the problem. Callers can be connected free of charge to local or national helplines when appropriate. The Team can help with issues including abuse, violence, bullying, harassment and discrimination, citizenship and cultural issues, rights, addictions, education and training, families, mental health, gender identity and sexual orientation, self harm, housing, money matters, heatlh, sex and relationships. Calls to 0808 80 numbers are free to call from landlines and mobile phones within the UK and do not appear on itemised bills.

Key Focus

Confidential help for young people

Age Range

Young people up to 25 years

Opening Times

Open every day, 11am-11pm for all services

Area Of Operation

Whole of UK

Referral Method

Self referral

Registered Charity Number

1048995

Registered Company Number

3979905

Topics

Children and Young People
Emotional Distress

 Some of the issues covered are as follows:

      Sex and relationships:

Your Body:

 

Mental Health:

Drink and Drugs:

 

Housing:

Money:

Work and Study:

Crime and Safety:

 

Travel and Lifestyle:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barnado's

Barnado's

http://www.barnardos.org.uk/what_we_do.htm

Barnardo’s transforms the lives of the most vulnerable children across the UK through the work of our services, campaigning and research expertise.

We believe we can bring out the very best in every child whether the issue is child poverty, sexual exploitation, disability or domestic violence.

Barnardo’s works in the areas of:

Apps that help thanks to the Site.

Over the Christmas period I had the pleasure of meeting some lovely people. They were young and intelligent and trying to make sense of the world and why they were feeling the way they were.

I thought it might be useful to have a look at some of the apps that might be helpful with managing some of these feelings.

The site (http://www.thesite.org/) is a really great site for the Young. Here are some of the apps they recommend:

 

 

Stressheads - Don't stress it. Beat it.

ARGHH WHY IS LIFE SO HARD!!!!!!!

Stressheads turns your phone into a stress killing machine!  Simply hatch a Stresshead (from a stress egg… obviously), and take the strains of life out on your very own pet peeve. Chuck them around, rough them up – and eventually impale them on a MASSIVE SPIKE (ah…that’s better). And all the while, you can access some great advice – helping you deal with all kinds of life stress, from exam pressure to money problems.

Phew… that really is better.  Download Stressheads today & give stress a good kicking.

  

 

 

Motimator is the best way to get the career you want, by giving you the kick-up-the-arse you need to make it happen.

Every day Motimator offers you a mixture of expert tips and motivational advice to help your search for a better career. Whether you’re looking for your first ever job, want to get promoted, or crave a new role entirely, Motimator will help you make it happen.

Your mate makes career goals more manageable by breaking them down, and offers you daily encouragement and advice to keep the job-seeking blues at bay.

Just pick a goal, give it a deadline and your very own mate will guide your there – building your confidence and helping stop all that procrastination along the way.

Find out more about Motimator.

 

 

StepFinder - Local help, easily found

Got a problem, need local help? StepFinder pin-points your nearest local support service and shows you how to get there using your phone. It shows you tips and recommendations from other young people so you know what to expect when you use a service for the first time.

StepFinder is a totally free and confidential.
So take control, and navigate to the right support.

Find out more about the StepFinder app here.

 

 

Wishfund - Keeping track of what you’re saving for

The aim of the Wishfund app is to inspire you to take control of your finances by saving towards a particular goal, such as a new phone or a holiday with friends. Once a goal is set up, you can assign a motivating image to it and update its details at any time.

The app allows you to enter a target date by which they wish to achieve the goal and the total amount of money needed. The app then calculates how much money you’ll need to budget each week to meet your target date.

This app was co-created by a group of young volunteers and built by Money Advice Service in collaboration with with YoungScot, YouthNet and Storm ID.

 

 

 

 

MoodGYM

What is MoodGYM?

MoodGYM is a free, fun, interactive program consisting of five modules, which help you to explore:

  • Why you feel the way you do
  • Changing the way you think
  • Knowing what makes you upset
  • Assertiveness and interpersonal skills training

MoodGYM aims to:

  • Help you identify and overcome problem emotions
  • Show you how to develop good coping skills for the future so that you can enjoy good mental health

What will I get from MoodGYM?

We would like to think that by the time you finish MoodGYM you will have:

  • An understanding of how emotions arise, and how they might be modified
  • Learned how to modify your thinking so that you are less prone to get upset
  • Picked up a few hints on managing stress
  • Learned a few things about what influences self-esteem
  • Developed a better understanding of relationships and how they might be handled
  • Developed some practical ways to help you cope with difficult events

Interested in trying MoodGYM? (It's free)

Please visit: https://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome/new/splash

Support for young stroke victims

Different Strokes:
0845 130 7172
/ 01908 317618
www.differentstrokes.co.uk
Registered charity providing unique free services to younger stroke survivors throughout the UK. Helps stroke survivors of working age to optimize their recovery, take control of their own lives and regain as much independence as possible by offering rehabilitative services, information and advice. Network of different stroke exercise groups, telephone helpline, counselling network.

Be Fearless

 

Fearless is a site where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality.

What makes this site different is we also provide you with a safe place to give information to us about crime - 100% anonymously.

If you have any information about crime and are unsure who you can pass this onto - you can be fearless and let us know 100% anonymously.

We're avaliable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - 365 days a year for you.

If you know something that has happened, have information about a place or person that has been involved in a crime or you know a crime is being planned you can let us know safely without passing on any of your personal details using the

Secure online form

It's important to remember that we are not a replacement for the emergency services so our advice if something is happening that needs immediate action - ring 999.

It’s totally safe because it’s 100% anonymous - meaning only you will know that you have contacted us.

The charity, has never revealed anyone’s identity in over 25 years. We don’t know who you are so no one else can find out and you aren’t at risk.

No calls or online forms are traced or recorded, no one will ask why you’re contacting us and you won’t have to give a statement or appear in court.

This website has a plethora of information about everything from knife crime to drugs. Definitely worth a look!

Http://www.fearless.org

Bullying

Bullying affects everyone involved and no one comes out the winner.It can be physically and/or mentally abusive. In whichever form it takes, it is cruel and it is unecessary.

By law, all state (not private) schools must have a behaviour policy in place that includes measures to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils.From my experience, private schools can sometimes be the worst platform for bullying. In whatever environment it takes place, it is damaging and it can be deadly.

 Bullying takes place outside school (usually on the journey to and from school)

You should know that Head teachers have the legal power to make sure pupils behave outside of school premises (state schools only).This includes bullying that happens anywhere off the school premises, eg on public transport or in a town centre.

School staff can also choose to report bullying to the police or local council.

 

 

Where to get help and advice

There are lots of organisations that provide support and advice if you’re worried about bullying:

 

There is no legal definition of bullying.

However, it’s usually defined as behaviour that is:

  • repeated
  • intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
  • often aimed at certain groups, eg because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation

It takes many forms and can include:

  • physical assault
  • teasing
  • making threats
  • name calling
  • cyberbullying - bullying via mobile phone or online (eg email, social networks and instant messenger)

Your school should have its own definition of bullying.

 

ACAS - (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations.

Anti-bullying Alliance - is a coalition of organisations and individuals working together to stop bullying and create safe environments in which children and young people can live, grow, play and learn.

Bullying UK – part of Family Lives. Provides help on all forms of bullying - at school, cyberbullying, racism, homophobia, bullying in sport etc.

Childnet International - information, advice, resources for children, parents and getting the most out of new technology and safe and responsible us.

EACH - Education Action Challenging Homophobia - challenges homophobia, specifically homophobic bullying, through education.

EyePAT - online safety and anti-bullying training for a variety of groups such as schools, social workers, foster carers and those who include children or vulnerable adults; as well as bullying in the workplace.

Kidscape - anti-bullying helpline for parents.

Network for Surviving Stalking - Network for Surviving Stalking aims to provide support to victims, potential victims and others affected by stalking/harassment throughout the UK.

Red Balloon - Provide an 'intensive care' full-time education for children aged between 9 and 18 who are unable to go to school because they have been severely bullied or who have suffered trauma.

Schools out  - provides a support network to raise the issue of homophobia in schools

STANCE - the comprehensive 'Whole School' resource pack for addressing homophobic bullying.

Stonewall - working for positive change for gay lesbian and bisexual people in the UK with an education program: Education for all

PAPYRUS – prevention of young suicide - resources and helpline support for those dealing with suicidal feelings or emotional distress.

Samaritans - emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of suicide.

Understanding Childhood - provides free downloadable information leaflets for families and childcare professionals to help raise emotionally secure children

 

Other useful sites that are related to self harming which often transpires from bullying:

 

Harmless - provides information, support, training and consultancy for people who self harm, as well as their friends, families and professionals.

National Self Harm Network - our priority is to support survivors and people who self-harm. We also support the people it indirectly affects, like family and friends, they can discuss the issue and gain effective support in our forums.

Young Minds - supporting people who self-harm. We also support the people it indirectly affects, like family and friends, they can discuss the issue and gain effective support in our forums.

 

The Family Lives website at http://www.familylives.org.uk/ gives plenty of information on many different types of bullying from cuber bullying to bullying on social media. it also provides links to other useful websites:

 http://www.familylives.org.uk/how-we-can-help/useful-links/

 

The Site for the Young

http://www.thesite.org/

This website is pretty cool. It covers lots of different topics such as Mental Health, Money, Work and Study, Crime and Safety, Travel and Lifestyle and queries about your body.

There are some cool apps available for a range of issues from relationships to stress (see below)

 

 

Stressheads

 Don’t stress it. Beat it.

Being stressed out sucks because stress turns your brain to goo, stopping you making decisions and piling up until it feels like your head’s going to explode (*pop*).

But what if you could turn your screen into a stress-relief tool? Simply hatch a Stresshead below and relax as you chase your very own pet peeve around until you catch it and smash it. And while you’re doing that, you can get great advice – helping you deal with all kinds of life stress, from exam pressure to money problems.

Rough-up your Stressheads on the move – download it for iOS and Android now.

Download Stressheads from App Store   Download Stressheads from Google Play

(Use headphones, full screen and turn your phone to landscape to best experience Stressheads.)

 

 

Preventing drink spiking

Spikey Anti Drink Spiking Stopper

  • Drink spiking prevention
  • Creates a sealed bottle neck to prevent tampering
  • Hole for your drinking straw
  • Ideal for a safer club or bar
  • Sold online at various well known retailers. Product is not expensive

 

DON'T BE A VICTIM - CARRY CYD®

 

How can I tell if my drink has been spiked?

 

Most date rape drugs take effect within 15-30 minutes and symptoms usually last for several hours. However, if you pass out it will be hard to know the full effect. You may still feel some of the symptoms of a date rape drug after a night's sleep. If you have CYD test strips with you, check your drink as soon as you feel strange. Although your symptoms will depend on which drug has been used, they usually include some of the following:

 

  • Lowered inhibitions
  • Difficulty concentrating or speaking
  • Loss of balance and finding it hard to move
  • Visual problems, particularly blurred vision or hallucinations. (seeing, hearing or touching things that aren't there) or having an "out of body" experience
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Memory loss (amnesia) or "blackouts"
  • Feeling confused or disorientated, particularly after waking up (if you've been asleep)
  • Paranoia (a feeling of fear or distrust of others)
  • Unconsciousness

There is a good article about CYD in Cosmopolitan. Please see the link below.

http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/worklife/campus/news/a31820/check-your-drink-anti-spike-device/

The URL to visit for more information and where to buy these testing strips is : http://www.checkyourdrink.co.uk/

CYD 5 Test Pack

 

Emergency SMS

The emergencySMS service is an add on to the existing 999 and 18000 services that are available in the UK. Your SMS text message will be connected to 999 through the Text Relay 18000 service.

A relay assistant will speak your SMS message to the 999 advisor, their reply will be sent back to you as an SMS message.

If you send another SMS text message the relay assistant will read it to the 999 advisor and send their reply back to you.

REGISTER YOUR PHONE AT www.emergencysms.org.uk

 

Reduce weapons on UK streets and save lives.

Word 4 Weapons- The UK' s First Weapons Exchange Program

Welcome to Word 4 Weapons. So far we have helped save lives by collecting over 11,000 weapons voluntarily handed in.

Word 4 Weapons is a multi-award winning, faith based organisation founded in 2007 by Michael Smith to counteract the wave of knife and gun crime which is devastating our communities. There are now in excess of 25 across Greater London. Weapons are openly used on our streets leaving individuals in fear, injured or killed. We are doing something different to bring back the true value of life to a society that is becoming numb to violent crime.

Contact Details:

PO Box 56769
London, E11 9AL

Tel:  0207 771 9770 
E-mail:  info@word4weapons.co.uk 
Website:  www.word4weapons.co.uk

This Is Abuse Campaign

The ‘This is Abuse’ campaign is targeted at 13 to 18 year old boys and girls.

 It aims to encourage teenagers to re-think their views on violence, abuse, controlling behaviour and what consent means within their relationships.

Provides resources for the ‘This is Abuse’ campaign, including the discussion guide, posters, postcards, leaflets and other resource toolkits.

Documents

Teenage relationship abuse campaign posters

Teenage rape prevention: support materials

Teenage relationship abuse

'This is abuse': discussion guide

This is Abuse summary report

Earlier this year the Home Office ran a campaign to challenge the attitudes of teenagers to violence and abuse in relationships. The following…

  • Documents

Expect respect: a toolkit for addressing teenage relationship abuse in key stages 3, 4 and 5 (PDF file - 2mb - Warning: large file)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request a different format.

If you use assistive technology and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email alternativeformats@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Teenage relationship abuse: a teacher’s guide to violence and abuse in teenage relationships (PDF file - 411kb)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request a different format.

If you use assistive technology and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email alternativeformats@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Abuse in relationships: a leaflet for teenagers (PDF file - 766kb)

This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request a different format.

If you use assistive technology and need a version of this document in a more accessible format, please email alternativeformats@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk. Please tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use.

Detail

Earlier this year the Home Office ran a campaign to challenge the attitudes of teenagers to violence and abuse in relationships.

The following documents contain advice for schools and teenagers on dealing with issues around teenage relationship abuse. We would like to thank Women’s Aid, Against Violence and Abuse and Womankind for their help in the development of these materials

Children and Young people

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.

The NSPCC 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)

Email: help@nspcc.org.uk

Website: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/

CHILDLINE

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)

Website: http://www.childline.org.uk

  • YOUNG MINDS

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).

Email: parents@youngminds.org.uk

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: parents@youngminds.org.uk.

For general enquiries: ymenquiries@youngminds.org.uk or use the form at the bottom of this page. We'll try to get back to you within 48 hours.

  • PAPYRUS

Young suicide prevention society.

Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 (Mon-Fri,10am-5pm & 7pm-10pm. Weekends 2pm-5pm)

Website: http://www.papyrus-uk.org

 

  • KIDSCAPE

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

Kidscape
2 Grosvenor Gardens
London SW1W 0DH
info@kidscape.org.uk 

Website: http://www.kidscape.org.uk

 

  • NATIONAL NIGHTLINE

Student helpline in most UK universities

Website: http://www.nightline.ac.uk

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 student problems.

Website: http://www.studentdepression.org

  •  YOUTH HEALTH TALK

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.

 Website: http://www.youthhealthtalk.org/

  • CARE Confidential

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

  •  MAYTREE

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

Website: http://www.maytree.org.uk

  • BULLYING ONLINE

Information for anyone being bullied or concerned with bullying.

Tel 0808 800 2222

Website: http://www.bullying.co.uk/

 

       •   COAP (Children of Addicted Parents)

Online forum for young people affected by a parent’s addiction.

Website: http://www.coap.org.uk

Tel: 0207 763 6270

 

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

Alcohol 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

Get Connected - www.getconnected.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

 

  •  The Hideout:

 

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 violence.
 
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.
 

Website: http://www.thehideout.org.uk/

Need to Talk? If you need to talk, you can call CHILDLINE - it is free and confidential.

Tel: 0800 1111

Some useful websites for young people

Websites for children and young people

 

Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre  - working across the UK to tackle child sex abuse and offering parents advice and support.

Childline   - free, 24 hour helpline for children and young people in danger or distress.

Everyman Project   - aims to help men change their violent or abusive behaviour.

MOSAC  - support for all non-abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused. Provides support, advice, information and counsellling. 

NAPAC - support for people abused in childhood

NSPCC - advice on child abuse and cruelty. 

NSPCC - What can I do - Protecting your child from sexual abuse - link to PDF document from the NSPCC about protecting your child from sexual abuse.

NSPCC - Advice for Parents - Keeping Children Safe - advice for Parents about keeping children safe.

NSPCC - Child Abuse - Parents tell their own stories about Child Abuse - parents tell their own stories about Child Abuse

Stop it Now! - aims to prevent child sexual abuse by increasing public awareness and empowering people to act responsibly to protect children.



www.burstingthebubble.com
Australian site for young people experiencing abuse.

www.breakthecycle.org
US site. Aims to empower and educate youth to live a life free from dating and domestic abuse.

http://www.dvirc.org.au/whenlove/
Australian site. When Love Hurts is a guide for girls on love, respect and abuse in relationships.



 

More useful information

Anti Knife Crime Campaign - provides advice, ideas, support and resources for local anti knife crime

BROOK - free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people up to the age of 25.

ChildLine - free, 24 hour helpline for children and young people in danger or distress.

National Careers Service - help and information for young people 13-19 years.

Get Connected - provides young people with help on finding a service to help them, whatever the problem.

National Youth Advocacy - advocacy services for children and young people up to the age of 25.

NCH - It's not your fault - practical info for children, young people and parents going through a family break-up.

NSPCC - National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Talking Point - information about speech, language and communication difficulties in children.

The Hideout - provides indirect and informal support to children and young people living with domestic violence or those who may want to help a friend. Also signposts to additional help and direct support.

Youngcarers.net - advice, support and information for children and young people who have a caring responsibility for someone in their family who has a physical or mental illness, a disability or substance misuse problem. The site also contains a section with information for parents.