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Children & young people support

Listed below are some helplines and websites where children and young people can get information, advice and support. There are also specialist helplines which deal with specific issues e.g. eating disorders, abuse, sexuality, drugs, self harm, bullying, bereavement, etc. and for these click on the menu button for that particular problem.

  • SupportLine Telephone Helpline:
    01708 765200
    email info@supportline.org.uk
    or write to SupportLine PO Box 2860, Romford, Essex RM7 1JA
    Provides emotional support and information relating to other helplines, counsellors and support groups throughout the UK including helplines and face to face for young people.

  • After Adoption: 0800 0568 578, www.afteradoption.org.uk - Helpline for up to 25 years re adoptees and for their birth parents, siblings and friends. Information and support on issues relating to adoption, including tracing relatives, rights, birth identity and other services.

  • Brook Belfast: (Area served N.Ireland) 028 90 328866, Telephone information and practical services and advice on sexual health and contraception for young people up to 19 years old.

  • Brook Young People's Information Service:
    www.brook.org.uk
    Information, support and signposting service for young people under 25 on sexual health. Also run a confidential enquiry service via the Brook website . Details of local services available via text message (see website for details). 24hr recorded information line on a range of sexual health topics (020 7617 8000). Centres throughout the UK offering free contraception, pregnancy testing and counselling.

  • Childline: 0800 1111, www.childline.org.uk, - Emotional support for children and young people on issues relating to child abuse, bullying etc.

  • Coram Children’s Legal Centre:
    Child Law Advice line - 0808 802 0008
    www.childrenslegalcentre.com
    Children's Legal Centre, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3QS Represents the interests of children and young people in matters of law and policy affecting them. Providing free advice and information service by letter and phone. Free representation service to children and parents in education disputes.

  • Contact Youth Counselling Services: 0808 808 8000 (Area served N.IRELAND), www.contactni.com - Helpline and range of counselling services for young people aged 11-25 years.

  • Eighteen and Under
    0800 731 4080
    www.18u.org.uk
    Support, information and helpline for young people under 18 who have experienced any type of abuse.
    (Area served: Scotland)

  • Forced Marriages
    020 7008 0151

    www.fco.gov.uk

    Enter Forced Marriages into search bar at top of site - Service provided by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to protect young people from forced marriages abroad. Service offers help to young people in these circumstances to help get them back to the UK.

  • Get Connected: 0808 808 4994, www.getconnected.org.uk - Free telephone and email helpline which can connect a child or young person to any UK helpline where appropriate.

  • Life Train:
    01372 360875

    info@lifetrain.org.uk
    www.lifetrain.org.uk
    Focuses on the development of young people and people with disabilities. Runs courses and workshops and residential centre.

  • Muslim Youth Helpline:
    0808 808 2008
    (Area served London)
    www.myh.org.uk
    Helpline providing culturally sensitive support to Muslim youth under the age of 25. Outreach services including family mediation, face to face counselling and befriending.

  • National Youth Advocacy Service:
    0808
    808 1001
    help@nyas.net

    www.nyas.net
    Provides information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to young people up to 25 through a network of advocates through England and Wales.

  • Samaritans: 0845 790 9090 (Republic of Ireland - 1850 60 90 90), email jo@samaritans.org, www.samaritans.org - 24hr service offering emotional support.

  • Coram Voice:
    0808 800 5792

    www.coramvoice.org.uk
    Telephone advice, information and advocacy services for children in care. Helpline for care leavers 0808 100 324. Visiting advocacy service for children in secure units and other residential homes.

  • Worth Talking About:
    0300 123 2930
    www.nhs.uk/worthtalkingabout
    Helpline providing information, advice and guidance for young people aged 12-18 on sexuality and sexual health. Issues dealt with include contraception, pregnancy, family planning clinics, sexually transmitted diseases, peer pressure and relationships.

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Websites

  • www.anationalvoice.org - Online information and support for young people in care or leaving care including rights and entitlements and the Care Act

  • www.angriesout.com - Good information on how to manage anger, section for young people and children

  • www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/advice - Advice and information on wide range of issues including bullying, sex and relationships, drink and drugs, body and mind

  • www.catch-22.org.uk - work in 150 towns and cities supporting young people with tough lives and facing difficult situations, programmes help to develop a young person’s confidence and skills. Work covers substance misuse, family support, health and well being, education and training including apprenticeships, offender rehabilitation, community activities leaving care and advisory service, housing services.

  • www.chatdanger.com - Site aimed at children and young people with advice on staying safe online, online games, chatrooms, email and mobile phones

  • www.cliconline.co.uk - Clic is the national information and advice service for young people in Wales aged 11-25

  • www.depressioninteenagers.co.uk - An interactive site with resources for young people with depression using self help ideas and relaxation techniques

  • www.divorceaid.co.uk - If you have concerns and fears relating to your parents divorce click on ‘Child Aid’ button at top of home page and then go to the Child or Teenager section as appropriate.

  • www.dotcomcf.org
    Giving children the tools to cope with risky situations

  • www.kidshealth.org - Has a teens section dealing with issues like body image, sexual health, drugs, alcohol etc

  • www.shelter.org.uk - Shelter also provides information and advice to young people

  • www.studentdepression.org - Site contains excellent information and help for anyone feeling depressed

  • www.teenagehealthfreak.org - Lots of information including advice and information on bullying, eating disorders, legal rights, self harm, suicidal, confidentiality when seeing a GP

  • www.thesite.org - Advice, information and support for young people

  • www.thewhocarestrust.org.uk - Online support for young people who are in or have been in care

  • www.youngcarers.net - Website run by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers – online support for young carers, chatroom, discussion boards

  • www.youthaccess.org.uk – Online information on local youth information, advice, counseling and support services

  • www.youthhealthtalk.org - Collection of interviews with young people about their experience of health or illness. You can watch videos, listen to audio or read interviews

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