Whether you are worried that you might be at risk or if you are concerned that someone you know may be in danger, we have advice for you. Don’t wait until you’re certain: if you have any concerns or suspicions at all take the following steps.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call the police on 999 straight away.
If not in immediate danger, you have a number of options available to you. You can speak to the National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children if you’re worried a child or young person is involved in or at risk from gangs or youth violence. Contact the NSPCC 24 hours a day by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can also call them on 0808 800 5000 (Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm or 9am – 6pm at the weekends). Alternatively, you can also call Childline, on 0800 1111.
These organisations will listen to you and give you advice on whether you should make a referral to safeguarding services. If you want to make a referral direct to safeguarding or social services, enter the word ‘safeguarding’ and the county or borough where you live into a search engine and you will see contact details for the safeguarding services which operate in your area.
If you (or someone you know) is feeling anxious, depressed, or suicidal, it’s also important to get help right away. The NSPCC can provide help or advice over the phone on 0808 800 5000. If you are a young people under 19 can also get support from Childline over the phone, 24 hours a day. It’s important to remember that neither you or your friend are alone and there are ways to cope and feel better. There is light at the end of the tunnel.