Children and Young People
Advice for Children & Young People
Talk to us
If you are being abused or you are supporting someone who has
experienced abuse, please get in touch with us – it’s free and you
don’t have to say who you are. You can get help in any of
Ring the Duty Social Worker on 01234 718700, Monday to Thursday
8.50am to 5.20pm and Friday 8.50am to 4.20pm. Call the
emergency duty team on 0300 300 4200 at night and weekends, and
tell them what is happening.
In an emergency – such as when someone is being hit or
shut out of their home – ring the police on 999. You can also
ring ChildLine on 0800 1111 or visit the ChildLine
If you don’t want to talk to someone you don’t know, you can ask
an adult that you trust, like a teacher or youth worker or even a
friend, to make the phone call for you. When people are
working with children they have to follow set procedures, but they
will explain to you what they will do and should be able to support
you through the process.
Below are some other helpful websites that you may
want to have a look at.
What is an LSCB and what can it do to help?
What is the Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board?
Below in some information about what the Bedford Borough
Safeguarding Children Board does and also sone information/advice
on certain areas and useful phone numbers and links. We have also
put some topics on their own page so please see the list and choice
the page that you want to know more information on.
In 2004 there were new laws created which said that Local
Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) should be set up. In April
2009 following the disaggregation of Bedfordshire Council Council,
Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire Councils were
created. In 2013 each council made the decision to establish their
This will help us all to keep you safe and increase your well
- Protecting you from abuse.
- Preventing harm to your health or
- Making sure you are safe and well looked
- Helping you gain good life chances and enter
We are here to offer help and advice about looking after
If you are being treated in a way which makes you feel scared or
unsafe, this may be abuse. You can be abused in different
ways, not just by being hit.
If an adult or another young person is doing something to you
that you don’t feel is right, then you should talk to someone that
you feel you can trust. This may be someone in your family, a
neighbour or a friend, a teacher or school nurse.
National organisations for you to contact and give advice
There’s a person attached to every body, respect both.
Healthy relationships are all about respecting each other. You
should feel loved, safe and free to be yourself.
Relationships can be confusing and it can be difficult to
understand what is and isn’t normal behaviour.
But disrespectful and unacceptable behaviour can come in many
forms. It isn’t limited to just physical behaviour; it can also go
way beyond that. For example, it’s not OK for someone to try and
pressure you into sending a nude pic, or to expect the same things
to happen that they’ve seen in a porn film. If someone makes you do
something you don’t want to, makes you feel scared, intimidated or
tries controlling you, it’s not acceptable and is never OK.
Read up on the different types of abuse, get advice and have a
look at the organisations that can help by clicking here
ChildLine is the free, 24-hour helpline for children and young
people in the UK.
Children and young people can call our helpline on 0800 1111
about any problem, at any time - day or night.
You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big
or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just
want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine.
ChildLine provides free confidential advice and support for all
young people up to 19 years old. Whatever your worry, Childine
counsellors are here to help. Speak to them by phone, online or
email 24 hours a day.
video to see what happens when you call Childline. You’ll speak
to someone who takes your details and puts you through to a
counsellor. The number won’t appear on any bill (landline and
ChildLine also has a free app called
Zipit. If you’re feeling uncomfortable when someone’s trying to
get you to send them naked images of yourself,
Zipit helps you take control of the situation with smart
comebacks to flirty requests.
Advice for parents, professionals and young
people on the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep
Barnardo’s has published the set of advice
leaflets, available to download for parents, professionals and
young people across the UK.
Sexual exploitation affects thousands of
children and young people every year. We can all play an important
role in reducing that number, helping to cut children free from
The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Children) is the UK's leading charity specialising in child
protection and the prevention of cruelty to children.
Thinkuknow.co.uk is a website designed to raise awareness of the
dangers of the Internet. Website is http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Action for Children supports and speaks out for the most
vulnerable children and young people in the UK including. We offer
help and support for disabled children, young people, children in
care and family support.
The Childhood Bereavement Network is a national,
multi-professional federation of organisations and individuals
working with bereaved children and young people. We believe that
all children have the right to information, guidance and support to
enable them to manage the impact of death on their lives.
The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) is a UK charity
providing children's rights and socio-legal services. They offer
information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children
and young people up to the age of 25, through a network of
advocates throughout England and Wales.