Safeguarding help for children and young people

Safeguarding help for children and young people

If you are a child or young person who is worried about something you, or someone else has experienced in a church, online or elsewhere, then this page is for you.

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Feeling worried?

Sometimes things happen that make us feel worried, scared or upset. It might be online, at home or where you go to church.

Whatever has happened, it is not your fault.

The best thing to do is tell an adult you trust what has happened and how you are feeling. They will be able to help you.

Remember, always tell an adult if someone is:

  • Putting pressure on you to do something that doesn’t feel right.
  • Saying something bad will happen if you don’t do what they say.
  • Offering you something that seems too good to be true.
  • Saying or doing something to you that makes you feel uncomfortable.

This could be someone you know or think of as a friend. Maybe its someone you have met online.

If you are in immediate danger, please call the police on 999. Please also tell an adult you trust who will be able to help you.

 

Who can help?

Think of an adult you trust who makes you feel safe. They might be:

  • your dad, mum or carer 
  • another family member
  • your teacher or someone in your church
  • another grown up who looks after you

After you've talked to them, if you feel you still need help, don't give up. Tell another adult you trust.

You can also get help by calling Childline on 0800 1111, or click here for an online chat with a Childline counsellor.

 

How to ask for help

There are lots of ways to ask an adult to help you. Here are some ideas:

A selection of questions showing how child could ask for help

Tell them about how you are feeling and explain what has happened. The adult should listen and help you.

 

Are you being bullied?

If you are being bullied, tell an adult you trust or talk to someone at Childline - no worry is too big or small. You can speak to someone on the phone by calling: 0800 1111 or online. Go to: www.childline.org.uk/

 

Worried about something online?

Talking to a trusted adult can really help.

If you need more help because of something that has happened online, then an organisation called the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP), have lots of information, games and videos to help you to stay safe online. Take a look:

  • If you are aged 5 to 7 click here
  • If you are aged 8 to 11 click here 
  • If you are aged 11 to 13 click here 
  • If you are aged 14 or older click here 

They can help you report something that has made you uncomfortable online.

Visit their website to make a report or find out how else they can help you: www.ceop.police.uk/ceop-reporting/ 

Not ready to make a report but need to talk? Call Childline on 0800 1111 or visit them online at: www.childline.org.uk/

You can also talk to someone in our Safeguarding Team. You can find out how to contact them below.

 


Key Contacts

Greg Barry

Lead Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

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Caroline Smith

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

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Anthony Glockling

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

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Alison Jones

Safeguarding Administrator 

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