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Who Can I Talk To?

Do you think you're being abused, or in danger of abuse?

If you need help for yourself, another family member or for a friend because of abuse and neglect, you should speak to an adult or someone that you feel comfortable with and can trust.

Talking about it for the first time can be hard, but you have the right to proper care and should not be abused by anyone. If someone hurts you or touches you in ways you don't like, then there are people who care and can help you.

Talking to a parent/carer, other family members such as grandparents - even friends or a friend's parents can help. Teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers and other adults who work with children are also responsible for helping to stop abuse. They will listen to what you have to say and will work with other professionals to protect you from abuse and neglect.

 

Don't be afraid to talk to these people if you are worried. They are there to help you.

If you are worried about what might happen if you tell somebody, then the following organisations can give you free and confidential advice:

 

childline plus number

Childline

Telephone: 0800 1111

Talk to counsellors online or visit and post on their message boards.

NSPCC

NSPCC

Telephone: 0808 800 5000

Email: help@nspcc.org.uk

SMS: 88858

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Samaritans

Telephone: 08457 90 90 90 (UK) (call charges apply)

 

There a lots of specialists organisations that can also help. Please look at our other pages which will list some of those agencies that are specific to certain areas.

 

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If you or one of your friends are a victim of or

could be being sexually exploited contact Bedfordshire Police who have a dedicated child sexual exploitation team. So if you want to talk to a Police officer then please contact them either by email CSE.Unit@Bedfordshire.pnn.Police.uk or telephone 01234846914 or Bedfordshire Police on 101 or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

The Hope Programme logo

A confidential & free telephone helpline for women and men over the age of 10 years who have been raped and / or sexually abused at

any time in their lives. We offer telephone

support for survivors, information on other services and 1-1 counselling with qualified, specially trained counsellors in safe,

accessible places across Bedfordshire.

Helpline 10am – 6pm Monday to Friday

0300 365 1045

PLEASE CONTACT US

• Confidential

• Caring

• Non-judgemental

• Self-referral

• No need to be referred by your GP or anyone else

• Support for non offending partners,

family members

Email: thehopeprogramme@gmail.com

Website: http://www.hopeprogramme.com/

 

Brook logo

Brook provides free and confidential sexual

health services and advice for young people

under 25 across Bedfordshire.

Broadway House, 4-6 the Broadway, Bedford, MK40 2TE

Telephone: 01234 761090

Website: http://www.brook.org.uk/

 

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SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre)

The Emerald centre SARC is a professional, confidential, and responsive service which provides forensic and holistic care to men, women and children who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

We accept all referrals and we can refer on to other disciplines for ongoing support.

www.emeraldcentre.org

Telephone – 01234 897052

If you are in danger please dial 999

 

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CAMHS Bedford Borough

5-7 Rush Court, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3JT

Tel: 012 3431 0670

Website: http://camhs.elft.nhs.uk/

 

 

If you feel like you, another family member or a friend are in serious danger, then call 999.

 

News

Updates to National documents

Working Together to Safeguard Children updated July 2018 - click here for updated version

Information Sharing - Advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers updated July 2018 - updated version here