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What to do if you are worried about your safety?

If you or someone you know is being hurt, treated in a way that makes you feel scared or unsafe, or you feel very alone or unhappy, please tell someone about it so they can try to help you. No matter what someone has told you, if someone is hurting you, it is not your fault. No one has the right to do things to you that you don't like. If you speak out about it, there are people who will listen to you and help you. You won't be judged people just want to help.

You can:

  • talk to your teacher, your parents or carers, your local doctor or nurse;
  • call Childline on 0800 1111. All calls are free and confidential;
  • call the East Riding Children's Safeguarding Hub on 01482 395500 or the Out of Hours Team (01482) 3933939;

  • Remember - if you are in immediate danger, you should call the police on 999.

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Local services and support

Advocacy and Participation

The Young People's Participation and Rights Team promotes the rights of children and young people living in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It also provides advice for asylum seekers, young people with disabilities, young people in care, runaways and useful advice for all young people to stay safe.

Visit the Young People's Participation and Rights Team web page (external website)

Not In Our Community

Protecting you and your friends against sexual exploitation.

Visit the Not In Our Community Website (external website)

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Useful links


The Childline website has lots of help and advice on all sorts of topics, including bullying, domestic violence, eating problems, exam stress, friends, HIV and AIDS, pregnancy and contraception, racism, step families and more.

Visit the Childline website (external website) 

(CEOP) Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre

Report E Safety abuse
Visit the CEOP website (external website)


A cyberbullying charity comitted to tackling all forms of online bullying and hate campaigns.

Visit the cybersmile website (external website) 


Guide to internet safety and safe surfing for young people
Visit the thinkuknow website (external website) 


Useful information on bullying.
Visit the Kidscape website (external website) 

Mental Health Advice and counselling service

In East Riding we want to prevent the development of mental health and emotional wellbeing issues and support children and young people.  If you are a young person wanting to talk to someone about seeking support then contact the Children's Safeguarding Hub (01482) 395500 or the Emergency Duty Team (out of hours) (01482) 3933939

Find out more about mental health advice (external website)

Find out more about Youth Counselling (external website)

Mental Health Foundation Website (external website)


Information for young people on abuse, depression, eating problems, education, self-harm, mental illness in the family and other mental health issues. 
Visit the YoungMinds website (external website) 

National Drugs Helpline (also called Talk to Frank)

A website for young people providing free, confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day
Visit the Talk to Frank website (external website) 

NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 0808 800 5000

They are mainly aimed at parents and carers but with sections for young people on bullying and running away. The NSPCC Helpline has a textline for children with hearing difficulties.

Visit the NSPCC website (external website) 

Samaritans Call: 08457909090

Visit the Samaritans website (external website) 


A website for young people that provides information about self-harming
Visit the YoungMinds Self-Harm Page (external website)

Visit the Royal College of Psychiatry Self-Harm Page (external website)


Advice on sex, relationships and contraception for under 18s.
Visit the Sexwise website (external website) 

The National Deaf Children's Society

Events for deaf children and young people.
Visit the National Deaf Children's Society website (external website) 

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