Children and young people

We know it can be difficult to trust people if someone has hurt or mistreated you.

But there are lots of people who are there to help you and to listen to you. All adults working with children know that they have a responsibility to protect children from harm.

It could be a teacher or a school nurse. It could be someone in a sports club or activity group you are a member of or go to.

Asking for help early on can help stop things getting worse.

Remember that you can ring Childline anytime on tel: 0800 1111 or if you live in Derbyshire you can talk to a trained social worker on tel: 01629 533190.

Abuse and neglect

Abuse can take many different forms, whether it's physical, emotional, sexual or if you're simply not being looked after properly. It's not always easy to know what it is or what to do about it.


Bullying hurts and it can happen anywhere.

Child sexual exploitation

You've probably heard loads about this in the news. It's when someone makes you do something sexual for the benefit or enjoyment of others. It's a form of sexual abuse and is against the law.

Domestic abuse

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone. It can happen between people who are in a relationship but it can also happen when a relationship has ended. It can happen between family members.

Drugs and alcohol

Drinking alcohol or taking drugs can lead to bad decisions. But help and support is available.

Female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female cutting, is when a girl's private parts are removed or altered. It's abuse and is illegal in the UK.

Forced marriage

Forced marriage is when you are made to marry someone against your will. It is illegal, so usually happens in secret.

Online safety

Keeping in touch with your mates through Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook is great fun but there are some things you should think about.

Staying safe

We want you to enjoy life and have fun − but we want you to be safe too.