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Be Aware Children and Young People – What help is out there?

Worried? Need help?

Need help right now?

Need help right away – call 999. Can’t talk – tap 55 on your phone, or cough/sigh etc and the police will know you need help and track your locations.

In a bar/hotel/public space and need help – you can “ask for Angela” – which will indicate to members of staff that you are in danger and they will alert the authorities.

Not sure where you are? Use apps like “What3words” to share your precise location.

Worried? Need someone to talk to?
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If you have a trusted adult or close friend that you know, you might want to talk to them about what you’re going through. It’s important to remember that you are not alone in this and there is always someone who can help you. Even if you are worried you might get into trouble; the most important thing is for you to keep safe. Some of the people you are talk to are:

  • your parent or carer
  • another member of your family
  • a teacher, or someone you trust at school
  • your doctor
  • a professional you trust
  • a counsellor
  • a religious leader

Remember, however difficult it is, you will probably feel better just for talking about your feelings, and it is important that you are not struggling on your own to cope.

If you are not sure how to start the conversation, the best thing is to be honest; for example, you could say, “I want to tell you something but I don’t know how …” or “ I want to tell you something but I’m worried I might get into trouble…” an adult should understand that you are about to say something important, and that it’s not an easy thing for you to do.

Top tips to help talk to someone:

  • Write down some of the key points you want to say – you could even write it as a letter that you could share.
  • Have a think about what you would like to get out of telling someone? Do you want some actions to come out of it, or do you just need someone to listen?
  • Remember if you are talking to professional (like a teacher or support worker) and they are concerned about you safety, they may have to share the information with other professionals. They will tell you if they need to do this – don’t be put off by it – it’s all done to help keep you safe.

If you can’t face talking to someone face to face, there are lots of National organisations you can talk to over the phone, via messenger or through online chat.

Free, confidential
service where you can
talk about anything
you want
0800 1111
Childline | Childline1:2:1 Chats online.
Shout: Shout is a 24/7 text service available for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling to cope and you need immediate help.Text: 85258Free, 24/7 mental health text support in the UK | Shout 85258 (giveusashout.org)
The Mix
Info and support for
the under 25s for all
kinds of issues
 0808 808 4994The Mix – Essential support for under 25s
Crisis messenger: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by texting THEMIX to 85258. 
1:2:1 chat: 7 days a week from 4pm to 11pm
Young Minds: Mental health
Text YM to 85258 24/7YoungMinds | Mental Health Charity For Children And Young People | YoungMinds
Runaway Helpline: Call or text for free on 116000Homepage – Runaway Helpline
Stop It Now: 0808 1000 900Contact the Stop It Now! child sexual abuse helpline – Stop It NowMondays: 9am – 12pm
Wednesdays: 1pm – 4pm and 6pm – 9pm
Fridays: 9am – 12pm
Frank: Honest information about drugs. Phone
Call 0300 123 6600
Honest information about drugs | FRANK (talktofrank.com)Text 82111
Text a question and FRANK will text you back.
CEOP: Are you worried about online sexual abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online?CEOP Safety Centre – to make a report
Fearless: Information and
advice about youth
crime.100% anonymous crime reporting
Anonymous – Fearless
Modern Slavery Helpline: We provide information, advice and guidance about any modern slavery issue08000 121 700Modern Slavery Helpline

Locally in North Yorkshire you can access support through Compass Phoenix and their ‘BUZZ US’ service: https://www.compass-uk.org/services/compass-phoenix/

Young people can text BUZZ US about any mental health or wellbeing worries. Such as low mood, stress, eating problem, self harm, anxiety or self esteem.
We will get back to you within a day during the week.

Information about further local offers of help in North Yorkshire can be accessed here:

I’m worried about my friend:

If you are worried about a friend and some of the things they may be getting up to, it can be a difficult time. Maybe you have started to notice some differences to them and their behaviour that you are worried about? (Find out more about the signs here.)

If you are worried, it really important to speak to someone you trust – like a teacher or a member of your family to share your worries. You are not ‘grassing them up’ and not getting them into trouble, but sharing your concerns which could help keep them safe.

Remember if a mate is being exploited they are being groomed by another person. Part of that process is to cut them off from the people that really care about them (like you), so if a mate becomes distant, don’t think it’s your fault. Ask yourself who has come into their life (either face to face or online)?

If a mate is being distant or pushing you away it can feel really hurtful and upsetting. Try to remember that they may be doing this because they are being tricked into it by someone grooming them and it’s not their fault. Be there for them if and when they need you (you’d want the same if it was the other way round).

Talk to them. If you are worried about a mate, tell them. You could share some of the key safety messages on here (attach link ) and if they are going somewhere encourage them to share where they are going. Don’t ever put yourself in a dangerous situation to help them– talk to any trusted adult who can help or of they are in immediate danger contact the police.


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