Director, Out of the Shadows
If you are worried about a child, or the behaviour of an adult towards a child, please remember your local children's Social Care Services are always available to help. You can find their contact number on your local Safeguarding Children Partnership Website.
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Help and Support
Advice and general information
Helpline: 0800 1111
Free confidential service to help young people under 19 with any issue they are going through.
Helpline: 0800 808 4994
text THEMIX to 85258.
The Mix’s Crisis Messenger text service is available 24/7 and open to anyone aged 25 or under living in the UK.
Webchat and Helpline service for free and confidential information and help on a wide range of issues for 13 to 25-year-olds including, sex and relationships, your body, mental health, drink and drugs, housing, money, work and study and crime and safety.
Helpline: 116 000
Text Service: 116 000
Provides information, help, and support and options for young people thinking of running away or already away.
Helpline: 0808 800 2222
Offers information, advice, guidance and support on any aspect of parenting and family life, including bullying.
Domestic Abuse & Violence
0808 2000 247
The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women's Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.
The Helpline can give support, help and information over the telephone, wherever the caller might be in the country. The Helpline is staffed 24 hours a day by fully trained female helpline support workers and volunteers. All calls are completely confidential.
Information, support and signposting service for young people under 25 on sexual health.
Also, run a confidential enquiry service via the Brook website.
Details of local services available via text message (see website for details). Centres throughout the UK offering free contraception, pregnancy testing and counselling.
0161 236 5565
The Care Leavers Association is a national user led charity aimed at improving the lives of care leavers of all ages.
They bring together the voices and experiences of care leavers to support care leavers of all ages, improve the current care system and change for the better society's perception of people in care.
Call 08457 90 90 90 (UK)
Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. We're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
0800 068 4141
Text 07786 209697
Advisors trained to help you focus on staying safe from suicide. They can provide advice and support that may help you to stay safe.
Mind offers advice, support and information to people experiencing a mental health difficulty and their family and friends. Mind also has a network of local associations in England and Wales to which people can turn for help and assistance.
Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm (except bank holidays)
National Advice Service: 0300 5000 927
Rethink Mental Illness works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, recover a better quality of life.
It provides effective services and support and campaigns for change through greater awareness and understanding
Saneline: 0300 304 7000 Open 4:30-10:30pm daily
SANE services provide practical help, emotional support and specialist information to individuals affected by mental health problems, their family, friends and carers.
0808 802 5544
Helpline for Men
Helpline: 0800 58 58 58
A helpline for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason, who need to talk or find information and support.
Gangs & Exploitation
If you're worried about gangs, it can be difficult to know what to do to help protect young people.
Whether they're thinking about joining a gang, are already involved or want to leave, they need help and support.