Information for young people
The Bristol Safeguarding Children Board is dedicated to listening to the ‘Voice of the Child’, and welcomes input from children and young people about their concerns about welfare and safeguarding.
Report a concern
If you have immediate concerns about your own or someone else’s safety, call the Police on 999. If it isn’t an emergency but you need help fast, call the Police on 101. Visit our Report a concern page for more information.
There are a number of support services available for children and families nationally and across Bristol. Visit the below to see what type of help you can get.
Visit www.survivorpathway.org.uk to find advice and support for survivors of sexual violence
Phone: 0800 11 11 24 Hours, Because ChildLine is an 0800 number, calls are free and don't show up on a BT or cable phone bill. Calls to ChildLine are currently free from all the existing networks - 3, BT Mobile, Fresh, O2, Orange, T Mobile, Virgin, Vodafone. Calls will not appear on any of these bills. You can also get in touch online at www.childline.org.uk – no problem is too big or small.
Childline provide 24 hour 1-1 counselling, and also run an ‘Ask Sam’ service to answer letters you send about anything and everything that is worrying you.
www.thinkuknow.co.uk. Advice, training and support on how to use the Internet and mobile phones safely, including advice on using Facebook and other social networking sites safely from CEOP.
For families and friends of alcohol and drug users. Call on 020 7553 7640 or visit www.adfam.org.uk
For any teenager who is bothered by someone else's drinking. They offer support and guidance and hold regular meetings. Call 020 7403 0888
or visit www.al-anonuk.org.uk/public/what-alateen
Call 020 7264 0510 or visit www.alcoholconcern.org.uk
Talk About Alcohol
Visit www.talkaboutalcohol.com to provide facts about alcohol use to enable you to make your own decisions about alcohol in the future.
Self Injury Support
Self Injury Support has a text and email support service (TESS)
www.talktofrank.com has information for anyone concerned about drugs.
www.kidscape.org.uk or 08451 205 204. This anti-bullying charity has a helpline for parents and carers.
01708 765200, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The telephone Helpline providing confidential emotional support to Children, Young People and Adults on any issue including domestic violence. Keeps details of other agencies, support groups and counsellors throughout the UK.
The Hide Out
http://thehideout.org.uk. Women's Aid have created this space to help children and young people to understand domestic abuse, and how to take positive action if it's happening to you.
Freedom Youth and Brook 12 to 15s
www.brook.org.uk. Run by Brook Bristol. They are for lesbian, gay and bisexual young people, and those questioning their sexuality:
Education Action Challenging Homophobia
Visit https://each.education/ or call 0808 1000 143.
Support Against Racial Incidents (SARI)
Visit www.sariweb.org.uk or call 0117 952 5652.
Relate for Young People
Visit https://www.relate.org.uk/relationship-help/help-children-and-young-people . If you are aged 10-25 and your parents, step-parents or carers are separating or argue a lot, Relate can help. You can talk in private about your experiences and feelings with a Relate Counsellor - 0300 100 1234.
SEND local offer
The Findability resource contains information for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families, including all schools and SEN schools in Bristol.
Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.
The below video has been made by students at St Brendan’s College in Bristol in conjunction with police Prevent officers. This is the story of a young woman who was radicalised and then, via the Channel programme, worked with police and other agencies to move away from extremism.