Useful links and resources

Below are some helpful links and resources that can give parents and carers more information and support about this topic, including a poster created by Hertfordshire Family Centre Services and Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust staff to give parents ideas on ways to keep their children safe in the community.

  • NSPCC - Working to prevent abuse, help rebuild children's lives and support families. Offering a free and confidential reporting and advice line.
  • Childline - A free, private and confidential service where children and young people can talk about anything.
  • Kooth - Your online mental wellbeing community, free, safe and anonymous support.
  • StreetSafe - a pilot service for anyone to anonymously report public places where you have felt or feel unsafe.
  • Fearless.org - Fearless is a service that allows you to pass on information about crime 100% anonymously. This means you don't have to provide any personal details.
  • CEOP - If you are worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online let CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) know.
  • Thinkuknow - An education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
  • Community Care - Inform Children - Safeguarding children and young people online.
  • Local information about community safety in your area
  • Family Centre Community Safety Poster

Other useful websites:

Police Support:

If you or someone else is in immediate danger call 999 straight away.

  • Herts Police has information on how to report a crime
  • Crime Stoppers has an anonymous helpline and a webpage dedicated to community and family safety which includes topics such as organised crime, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) and county lines etc
  • A short video about ‘Operation Makesafe’ raising the profile of Child Criminal Exploitation and Child Sexual Exploitation
  • MakeSafe poster

Worried about a child:

Family and parenting support:

General health information for Children and Young People:

Children and Young People’s wellbeing:

  • Young person’s signposting guide
  • Youth Talk supports children and young people’s emotional wellbeing
  • Services for Children and Young People in Herts (Previously Youth Connexions) has information about services for young people including activities in the local area and projects young people can participate in
  • YoungMinds has a parent and carer helpline if they are struggling or concerned about a child or young person’s mental health and wellbeing. The helpline offers practical advice and tips on how to support children and young people. They also have a dedicated section for children and young people with further information and signposting advice

Relationships:

  • The Hideout provides information on what abuse looks like for children and young people, there is a specific section where young people can take a quiz about a relationship they are in
  • The ONYX service offers practical and emotional support to both children and adults who have experienced rape, sexual violence, sexual abuse or child sexual abuse via an independent sexual violence advisor, parents/carers or young people can self-refer to the service
  • Brook is a website dedicated to promoting healthy lives for young people and has advice on a broad range of topics from relationships, staying safe online, forms of abuse, sex, STI’s and emergency contraception
  • Stop it now! is a UK-wide charity dedicated solely to preventing child sexual abuse. They offer support for anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse and its prevention

Drugs and Alcohol:

  • AF-DASH is a service for families in Hertfordshire who are struggling with drugs and alcohol, there isn’t a dedicated website but contact information can be found on the HealthforTeens website
  • FRANK is a useful website for further information about drugs and alcohol and they have a helpline service
  • Re-solv offers help and support to parent’s and carers who are concerned about solvent drug use, including poppers and laughing gas, they offer a helpline and a live chat

Online Safety:

  • Safer Internet Centre offers a parent’s guide to technology and supports parents to keep their children safe online