Being safe is important; if you don’t feel safe it can make you feel unhappy or stop you doing things you enjoy like going out with your friends.
The information here can help you keep yourself and your friends safe. But remember, if you’re really worried about anything, you should talk to someone about it.
If you are being hurt, abused or neglected at home, tell a teacher or another adult you trust or you can call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit www.childline.org.uk
If you are being bullied or harassed at school or anywhere else, tell your teacher or an adult; most schools have strict rules against this. You can also get more information from these websites: www.kidscape.org.uk
If there is violence at home because adults are fighting and arguing, you can call Camden’s domestic abuse helpline on 020 7974 3665. In an emergency you can call the Police on 999. For more information, visit www.thehideout.org.uk
If a crime has happened to you, or you have witnessed a crime and you feel scared, you can get help. Phone Victim Support on 0845 30 30 900 or visit www.victimsupport.org.uk
If someone is trying to make you join a gang, or if you are in a gang and want to leave, talk to someone you trust like a youth worker or a learning mentor. For more help and information call Gangsline on 0800 032 9538 or visit www.gangsline.com
If things are really bad at home or school and you are thinking of running away; think again; talk to an adult you trust; they may be able to help you sort out any problems you have or phone Childline on 0800 1111 for advice.
If you are being bullied on-line (known as cyberbullying), you should tell someone. Most mobile and internet providers can block hurtful messages and take down posts. For more advice visit: www.bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying
Help keep yourself safe while exploring your sexuality; check out these websites for information and advice on everything you need to know: www.brook.org.uk www.nhs.uk/livewell/sexandyoungpeople www.besavvy.org.uk
If you’re being sexually exploited or you think your friend might be, visit this website for help and information; www.stop-cse.org/saysomething
If you need help with a drug or alcohol problem, your own or your parents, you can phone Camden’s FWD drug and alcohol service on 020 7974 4701. You can also get information from these websites: www.talktofrank.com www.thecoolspot.gov www.al-anon.alateen.org
- Young Minds — No Harm Done, Things Can Change — Information and Help for Young People Worried About Self-harm
If you feel you can’t cope with emotional or mental difficulties, or if you are self-harming, you need to get help from your GP. You can call the following numbers if you need to talk to someone or visit these websites for information:
The Samaritans 08457 909090
Childline 0800 1111
Get Connected 0808 808 4994www.youngminds.org.uk www.rethink.org/living-with-mental-illness www.mind.org.uk www.harmless.org.uk