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Safeguarding is about protecting children, young people and adults at risk from abuse or neglect.  We hope this website provides you with information about a whole load of issues. 

However, if you are worried or scared about the way you or someone you know is being treated don’t bottle it up, tell someone, a parent, teacher, friend or REPORT IT.

In an emergency call 999.

Most people think of abuse or violence as just being physical.

However abuse can happen in many different ways.  

Yes, physical is one of them but sometimes the violence won't get that far.  

Abuse and violence normally start with emotional, mental and/or verbal abuse and can eventually escalate to things like physical and sexual abuse.  Neglect is also a form of abuse.

For more information please check the what is abuse page.

Forms of Abuse

If you are a child or young person or if you have concerns about a child or young person:

Call the children's services referral and advice service on 0300 555 0050 during office hours (9am - 5pm).

Out of office hours contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0300 555 8574 or in an emergency call 999.

Alternatively you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111 or email them by visiting www.childline.org.uk

For practitioners and those working with children:

The DSCB Multi Agency Referral Form is an electronic form for referring safeguarding concerns regarding children and young people. Please complete the form electronically  and send it via secure email or encrypted to the MASH: 


You will speak to an advisor who will listen to your concerns. You don't need to give your name, the advisor will just listen and see how they can help.

If you wish to email, message or call ChildLine please click on the link below which explains what will happen if you call ChildLine and speak to an advisor

:: contacting childline

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Self harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, old memories, circumstances and experiences. 

The ways you hurt yourself can be physical, such as cutting yourself.  They can also be less obvious, such as putting yourself in dangerous situations or not looking after yourself.

Self harming can include:

  • Cutting yourself
  • Burning yourself
  • Hitting yourself
  • Scratching so that you draw blood
  • Hair pulling
  • Overdosing
  • Over or under eating
  • Taking dangerous substances


After self harming, you might feel better and more able to cope for a while.  However self harm can bring up very difficult feelings and could make you feel worse.

For free confidential contraception and sexual health advice regarding:

Methods of contraception
Pregnancy testing
Emergency contraception
Abortion advice and referral

See sexual health contacts for further information.


Bullying can happen to anyone at any age.  It can happen at school, home or online.  It can involve name calling, being talked about, teased, hit and kicked, pushed or shoved, being left out and ignored, being threatened or intimidated.  It is not right and nobody deserves to be bullied.   

::more information about bullying and cyber bullying


Cyber bullying, on social networks, via text messages or email can also happen at any time and to anyone. Social networks should be fun and are designed to connect people but they can also be used to upset and hurt people.

Cyber bullying can happen over text message, MSN, emails, chat rooms and social network sites (Facebook, Bebo, Twitter, My Space etc.)

It can be anonymous and hard to stop.

If you, or someone you know is a victim of cyber bullying you need to report it.  Try and do this through a teacher or other trusted adult.  If you think this situation is serious you can report it to the police.

:: more information on online safety

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You may feel tempted to drink alcohol, smoke or even take drugs when you feel down or want to forget about problems. You may also feel pressured in taking drugs and alcohol. 

Drinking alcohol and getting drunk affects the way you think and feel.  It can help you relax and unwind which is why it is so popular, however it is a powerful drug and if misused it can cause you serious problems.


Drugs are chemicals that you take into your body to change the way you feel.  

There are always risks when taking drugs, even prescribed drugs but illegal substances may include very damaging chemicals that could cause serious harm.

:: more on the dangers of drugs, alcohol and smoking


Smoking can be very addictive and difficult to quit. There can be lots of pressure from friends to smoke.  People may start as they think it makes them look cool, helps them fit in or just to try and see what it’s like.

If you are concerned about drinking, taking drugs or smoking or you are worried about someone you know, parents, family or friends please tell someone you trust.