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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 these ways:

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 website.

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 own LSCB.s.

This will help us all to keep you safe and increase your well being by:

  • Protecting you from abuse.
  • Preventing harm to your health or development.
  • Making sure you are safe and well looked after.
  • Helping you gain good life chances and enter adulthood successfully.

We are here to offer help and advice about looking after you.

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 are:

Disrespect Nobody

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



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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.

Website: http://www.childline.org.uk/


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.

Watch this 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 mobile).

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.


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Advice for parents, professionals and young people on the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep safe.

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 this abuse.

Website: http://www.barnardos.org.uk/index.htm


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.

Website: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/fighting-for-childhood/our-services/nspcc-helpline-childline/

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Thinkuknow.co.uk is a website designed to raise awareness of the dangers of the Internet. Website is http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

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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.

Website: http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/

childhood bereavement

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.

Website: http://www.childhoodbereavementnetwork.org.uk/


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.

Website: https://www.nyas.net/





Disrespect NoBody campaign

The second phase of the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign will run from 2 February until the end of March 2017.

The aim of the Disrespect NoBody campaign is to prevent young people, both boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships.

For 2017 the focus of the campaign will be consent and sexting, which are both issues where many young people need more education and information. The campaign advertising directs young people to the website www.disrespectnobody.co.uk where they can get further information and signposts them to organisations who can provide support.

Please click on the link below to download the partner brief and campaign materials.

Click here to go to their website