Safely raising children in an online world

With Thanks to Tara Worsham

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad Mobile World

We see it at home. At church. At school. Kids spending crazy long hours in front of screens. In fact, today’s average kid spends 9 hours in front of a screen.

It’s a fast-paced world, and our children are increasingly connected to the Internet.  They cling to it. They rely on it. They log on through a host of different smart devices, computers, wearable technology and all sorts of video games.

Problem is – we don’t always know what they are watching and doing online

For more information, please visit:

E-safety and cyber security for kids


Keeping Younger Children Safe

In today’s world, it is never too early to begin teaching your child about online safety. In a recent study, it was found that 97% of all children under the age of 4 were using mobile devices and nearly half of them were using more than one device. By the age of three or four, nearly 37% of all children will browse the web, use mobile devices to play games, and watch videos for several hours a week.

In addition, nearly 20% of all one-year-olds use a tablet and 28% of all two-year-olds do not need help using mobile devices. Nearly 85% of all mothers indicated that they use some type of technology to keep their children busy. Considering these statistics, it seems that it is never too young to start teaching children about online safety.

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Thanks to Mae for this contribution.  


Fixers are young people using their past to fix the future. They are motivated by personal experience to make positive change for themselves and those around them.


Real people, real stories, real change.


Fixers have different backgrounds, interests and life experiences, and come from every corner of the UK.


But they do have several important things in common.


They are motivated by a desire to act on an issue that is important to them or a strong desire to help other people.


They also have a voice that they want to be heard, whether that’s on eating disorders, drugs, offending, cyberbullying or any other issue that is concerning them. Becoming a Fixer allows that to happen.


So you’re interested in becoming a Fixer?  Great!  If you’re aged between 16 and 25, and you have a positive message that you want to use to inspire others, let us know!


Whether it comes from your own personal experiences, or it's just something you feel passionate about, you can use posters, leaflets, films, stage your own events, or even star in your own music video to get your message across.


Just let the Fixers know how you want your voice to be heard and we'll give you the stepping stones that you need to build a better future.


Questions? Contact us at


please have a look at the website at: for more info on how to tackle issues such as drugs, crime, body image, safety, just to name a few examples.

Safer London

We believe every young person should be given the opportunity to live free from exposure to gangs, exploitation and crime. At Safer London, we work tirelessly to make this happen.

We are the leading London charity working to prevent and address gang violence, vulnerability and sexual exploitation. We provide needs led intensive support, early intervention and mentoring through our extensive, pan London services. You can find out more about our history and where we’ve come from here.

Our vision is a world where all young people can thrive, free from exposure to gangs, exploitation and crime.

But we know we can’t do this alone, so if you share in our vision, please join us. For more information on Safer London, please visit: 


Safer London also provides information about safety in public places. Some of their links are below. 

To read the full report please click here.

Contextual Safeguarding Network – specific resources and information and research about contextual safeguarding – Offers children 24-hour telephone help. Tel no 0800 1111– Initiated by Avon and Somerset Police Online service for children with problems Helpline and child protection initiatives The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre is part of the National Crime Agency (NCA) and can apply the full range of policing powers in tackling the sexual abuse of children. Report sexual abuse to CEOP online provides full child protection procedures and practice guidance for safeguarding children. provides full contact details for safeguarding contacts in all
London Boroughs. PACE: Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation. Blast: Blast supports and works with boys and young men who have been, are being, or are at risk of being sexually exploited.  Barnardo’s: Children’s charity.

The NSPCC provides a free 24-hour Child Protection Helpline, staffed by experienced social work counsellors, which provides confidential counselling, information and advice for those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The telephone number is 0808 800 5000.
If using this service, please state at the outset that you are an adult seeking advice and information so that your call can be directed to an appropriate person.

Family Lives



Find advice on all aspects of family life from bonding with your new baby, dealing with tantrums, positive discipline, bullying, communicating with teens and divorce and separation. You can also chat to us online for support or call our confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222.

Divorce & Separation


SPACE is a self-funded not-for-profit organisation founded in January 2018, in response to the national prevalence of Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)and the County Lines phenomena which has entrenched thousands of young people into serious violence and organised crime.

Please visit for more information. 

Runaway reassurance

Missing People and St Giles Trust SOS have been jointly funded by the Home Office to deliver a project which scopes and tests new ways of working with young people who are criminally exploited to become drug mules. This project will test a Missing People-led pilot of an intervention – called SafeCall.

SafeCall is a scheduled telephone call to children who are referred to us by professionals working with them. They will be offered a non-judgemental, safe space to talk about their experiences in confidence. We will reassure them that there is a way out, support them to explore their choices, and help them formulate a safety plan.

The SafeCall service will also reach out to the child’s parent or carer, offering them a chance to debrief, access emotional support and be guided on how to keep their family safe in the future. 

If you would like to refer someone into SafeCall please use the forms shown. If you require further information, please email

Please click here to down load more information


For the child or young person

If the child has been away from home, suspected to have been involved in county lines and would like further in-depth support (outside of the return home interview) - you can refer the child to our SafeCall programme following their consent. Please contact us by sending an email to OR call 0208 392 5710 OR online at

If the child does not want to access this service, please sign post the child to Missing People’s runaway helpline website for more information on support they can access.

For the family member

We know that for family members with a child who is being criminally exploited by a gang and is away from home it can be a really upsetting and worrying time. You can also refer family members, with their consent into this service by sending an email to or call 0208 392 5710, or you can make a referral online at


For Further information

Project lead – Becca Morley- Please direct all communication via the SafeCall information below. 

SafeCall information – Call 0208 392 5710/ Email

Marketing materials –


Stop and search app



We've set up a system to make it easier for you to complain about stop and search. If you have been treated badly by the police or think something unlawful happened, or even if you don't want to complain to the police but just want to share your experience with Y-Stop, you can now report every stop and search to us via the Y-Stop app!

The Y-Stop app lets you:

  • Report your stop and search experiences or ones you witness
  • Record video/audio of the police interactions and send it to Y-Stop
  • Connect with lawyers and experts for support
  • Make a complaint directly to police
  • Know what your rights are to keep you safe

Self harm

Young people self harm for a number of reasons but the most common is to help them cope with

their feelings or state of mind. This is a learnt 'coping strategy' and helps people feel: calmer, in

control, relief, release and better.

Sometimes people also hurt themselves because they want to punish themselves, out of anger,

fear or lack of confidence.

Mostly there is something that has happened that makes people hurt themselves in the first place,

this can be something that is big or small but it's likely to be something that has effected how you

feel, such as:


abuse (physical, emotional or sexual)


family difficulties

boy/girlfriend troubles



someone you know dying

pressures from school/college

drug or alcohol problems

eating disorders

family money problems

plus many more



Please have a look at the section on Self Harm and Suicide for more information as well as visiting


BLAST Based in Yorkshire but serves the UK male population

Our Mission

The BLAST Project is dedicated to tackling the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and young men.

We are passionate about ensuring services are available for boys and young men that are equal, inclusive and accessible to them as males and that the issue of male child sexual exploitation (CSE) along with associated myths and barriers and are addressed.

Our ethos and service user centred approach means we put the needs of the boys and young men accessing our service first by following their lead, building a positive relationship with them and providing information and support aiming to increase their safety and understanding, lower their CSE risk and provide them with the skills and resources needed to engage in safer behaviours, make safer choices and deal with the consequences of CSE effectively.

Whilst working in partnership with other services and sharing safeguarding concerns appropriately we maintain our service user centred approach by acting as an advocate for the boys and young men accessing our service, working in a way that promotes their welfare, champions their rights and respects their choices.

The BLAST Project is the UK’s leading male only sexual exploitation service supporting and working solely with boys and young men who have experienced, are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing child sexual exploitation (CSE).

We provide services locally across Leeds and Bradford with other services available nationally and we have provided support and information to thousands of boys and young men since 2002.

To date there is no other CSE service in the country supporting only boys and young men.

The BLAST Project is regularly invited to represent boys and young men at local and national conferences, forums and subgroups, including being invited to feed into policy development with the Department for Education.

Please view our video below and contact us to find out more.



Please view our YouTube video below which highlights the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and young men and how professionals sometimes fail to practice equally and fail identify the warning signs.

You can view more of our videos at our YouTube channel




The Breck Foundation is raising the awareness of playing safe whilst using the internet. Breck Bednar was a 14 year old boy, from Caterham, Surrey who loved technology and online gaming. He was groomed via the internet and murdered on February 17th 2014 by someone he met online. This foundation has been set up in his memory to help other young people enjoy playing online but crucially to be aware of some simple rules to stay safe. To always remember that the friends that are made online are not like your real friends. Play Virtual/Live Real

For more information, please visit


Be Aware




Keep Safe