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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 Tel: 0800 1111. Talk to counsellors online or visit and post on their message boards.
  • NSPCC Tel: 0808 800 5000 Email: help@nspcc.org.uk SMS: 88858
  • Samaritans Tel: 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.

Bedfordshire Police

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

A confidential and 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 to 6pm, Monday to Friday

0300 365 1045

  • 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

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: www.brook.org.uk

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

Tel: 01234 897052

If you are in danger please dial 999

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.