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Children and Young People

What Is Safeguarding?

Safeguarding means keeping children and young people safe from any form of abuse or neglect; because every child and young person has the right to be safe. 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:

  • Physical Abuse: such as hitting, shaking, throwing, poisoning, burning, drowning or suffocating.
  • Emotional Abuse: when a child is being unfairly blamed for everything all the time; or told they are stupid and made to feel unhappy.
  • Sexual Abuse:being forced to take part in sexual activities; or in taking rude photos.
  • Neglect: not being cared for properly; for example, not getting enough to eat, or being left alone in dangerous situations.

 Where to get help?

The picture tiles further down this page provide links to lots of useful information about where to get help

BUT If you are in immediate danger, call the Police on 999.

If it isn’t an emergency but you need someone to talk to you can call Childline: 0800 11 11 (calls are free)
Childline is the UK’s free 24 hour helpline for children in distress or danger who may feel they have nowhere else to turn.

Watch What Happens When You Contact Childline?

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