While being at home is the safest place for most young people to be at this difficult time, we know this is not necessarily the case for everyone.
There are a number of people or organisations who can help if you feel worried, upset or unsafe – either for yourself or someone else:
- If possible speak to an adult you know and trust who can listen and take action to help.
- Although our schools are currently closed, staff are still available for you to talk to. Please email the school office if you would like to speak to someone.
- You can contact Childline about anything and whatever your worry they are there to support you and help you find ways to cope. There are lots of different ways to get in touch with them.
- cool2talk provide a safe space where young people can get their questions answered accurately and without judgement. They respond to questions within 24 hours.
- Social work are there to help and support children and young people who are at risk of harm or don’t feel safe at home. Find their contact details.
- If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call the Police on 999 who will take action to keep you safe.
- With schools being closed, pupils will be spending more time online and it is more important than ever that you are protected from cyberbullying and online grooming. Net Aware and Thinkuknow can help you report abuse and have lots of information on how to minimise potential risks online.
If you don’t have a phone or internet access at any point during the school closure try and let your school know as soon as possible. They will ensure you have the ability to stay in contact with school staff and receive information.