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What to do if you are worried about your safety?

If you or someone you know is being hurt, treated in a way that makes you feel scared or unsafe, or you feel very alone or unhappy, please tell someone about it so they can try to help you. No matter what someone has told you, if someone is hurting you, it is not your fault. No one has the right to do things to you that you don't like. If you speak out about it, there are people who will listen to you and help you. You won't be judged people just want to help.

You can:

  • talk to your teacher, your parents or carers, your local doctor or nurse;
  • call Childline on 0800 1111. All calls are free and confidential;
  • call the Early Help and Safeguarding Hub here in the East Riding on 01482 395500 or the Emergency Duty Team (out of hours) (01377) 241273;

  • Remember - if you are in immediate danger, you should call the police on 999.

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Local services and support

Advocacy and Participation

The Young People's Participation and Rights Team promotes the rights of children and young people living in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It also provides advice for asylum seekers, young people with disabilities, young people in care, runaways and useful advice for all young people to stay safe.

Visit the Rights4u website (external website)

Not In Our Community

Protecting you and your friends against sexual exploitation.

Visit the Not In Our Community Website (external website)

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Useful links


The Childline website has lots of help and advice on all sorts of topics, including bullying, domestic violence, eating problems, exam stress, friends, HIV and AIDS, pregnancy and contraception, racism, step families and more.

Visit the Childline website (external website)

Children's Rights Director

Roger Morgan, Children's Rights Director for England, and the Rights4me team help children and young people who live away from home and find out what they think about how they are looked after. It is their job to report messages from you to the Government and decision makers so they can be improved.
Visit the rights4me website (external website)

(CEOP) Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Report E Safety abuse
Visit the CEOP website (external website)

Cyber Mentors

A social networking place where you can find out about bullying and what you can do about it and also talk to mentors your own  age

Visit the cyber mentors website (external website)


A cyberbullying charity comitted to tackling all forms of online bullying and hate campaigns.

Visit the cybersmile website (external website)


Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people
Visit the thinkuknow website (external website)


Useful information on bullying.
Visit the Kidscape website (external website)

Mental Health Advice and counseling service

The East Riding counselling unit provides information on issues affecting young people. It is a free confidential counselling service for young people, aged 13 - 25 years. You can enquire about this service online on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council website.

Find out more about mental health advice (external website)

Alternatively you can telephone on (01482) 392806.

Not In Our Community

Protecting you and your friends against sexual exploitation.

Visit the Not In Our Community Website (external website)


A national charity committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people.
Visit the YoungMinds website (external website)

National Drugs Helpline (also called Talk to Frank)

A website for young people providing free, confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day
Visit the Talk to Frank website (external website)

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000

They are mainly aimed at parents and carers but with sections for young people on bullying and running away. The NSPCC Helpline has a textline for children with hearing difficulties.

Visit the NSPCC website (external website)

Samaritans Call: 08457909090

Visit the Samaritans website (external website)


A website for young people that provides information about self-harming
Visit the self-harm website (external website)


Advice on sex, relationships and contraception for under 18s.
Visit the ruthinking website (external website)

The National Deaf Children's Society

Events for deaf children and young people.
Visit the National Deaf Children's Society website (external website)

The Site

TheSite.org aims to be the first place all young adults turn to when they need support and guidance through life. It includes factsheets and articles on all the key issues facing young people including: sex and relationships; drinking and drugs; work and study; housing, legal and finances; and health and wellbeing. There are also discussion boards on these topics.
Visit The Site (external website)

Young Minds

Information for young people on abuse, depression, eating problems, education, self-harm, mental illness in the family and other mental health issues.
Visit the Young Minds website (external website) 

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