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Children and young people

Do you feel safe?

Are you feeling OK?

If you’ve got a problem or are worried about a friend it can be hard to know what to do to make the situation better.

It can be hard to talk about your feelings or what is happening to you, but some problems won’t go away if you ignore them.

If you need help for yourself or are worried about a friend or family member, you should speak to somebody you trust, an adult or someone that you feel comfortable with. Talking to somebody can make you feel better and improve the situation.

That could be family members, teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers or other adults who work with children. They will listen to what you have to say.

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

There are lots of people whose job is to make sure that children and young people in York are safe. We make sure that all these people work together to protect children and young people in York.

This page is to help you if you have any concerns, and to point you in the right direction if you need any help or advice.

A range of support and advice is available for children and young people living in the City of York.

Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub

If you are worried about a friend or need help, or if you have a concern that someone you know is vulnerable or at risk of significant harm please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) in York.

The MASH is a group of people working together from different organisations as a single point of contact for all concerns about children.

There is no need to be worried or scared, they are there to help you.

You can contact MASH on telephone: 01904 551900, or email: [email protected].

Outside office hours, at weekends and on public holidays contact the Emergency Duty Team on telephone: 0300 131 2 131.

Raise York advice and resources for young people

The Raise York website offers advice and support on a whole range of topics for children and young people in York under the age of 25.

York Youth Council

York Youth Council is a group of passionate young people who want to make York better for every young person in their community.

Their vision is to empower young people to have a voice and to influence the future of their community.

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There are a range of services available to you as a child in care.

Children in Care Council

Show Me That I Matter is York's Children in Care Council. They exist to make sure that all children and young people who are cared for by City of York Council have the chance to share their views and help shape and influence the services which affect them and other children and young people in care.

Their website contains everything you need to know as a child or young person in care or leaving care.

Speak Up

Speak Up is the name of York's Children's Rights and Advocacy Service.

The role of Speak Up is to promote children’s rights and entitlements, provide advocacy for children and young people who can access this support, and to facilitate participation opportunities for children and young people.

Information is available on the City of York Council (CYC) website, and on the Speak Up website, including explanations of what advocacy is.

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There are a number of websites which cover a wide range of topics offering help, advice, resources and support for children and young people.

Anti-Bullying Alliance

The Anti-Bullying Alliance provide an interactive anti-bullying information tool for parents and carers.


Barnado’s offer practical and emotional support so that you can enter adulthood with the confidence you need to achieve your full potential.

They offer a wide range of resources from support with homelessness to mental health support.

The Be You Project

If you are a young person who thinks you might be lesbian, gay, bisexual or are questioning your sexual orientation, or you think you might be trans, non-binary, or are questioning your gender identity, the Be You Project has resources and useful information to help you.


Childline has a wide variety of information on their website ranging from coping with difficulties with making new friends to exam stress.

Crimestoppers Fearless

Crimestoppers Fearless offer you a safe way to pass on any information you may have about a crime.

You can report crime 100% anonymously using their online form.

Educate Against Hate

Educate Against Hate provides government advice and trusted resources to help safeguard students from radicalisation, build resilience to all types of extremism and promote shared values.

Frank - drugs advice

Frank will give you honest information about drugs as well as what to do if you are concerned about a friend or you are being pressured into taking drugs.

Hope for Justice - modern slavery

Modern slavery is happening in our communities - being able to spot the signs and know what to do could make a life-changing difference. You might walk past or speak to someone who needs help without you even realising it. Help spread the word about the signs to look out for.


If you need bullying advice, you can call Kidscape’s advice line.

They give friendly, impartial advice to anyone who is concerned about a child - either because they are being bullied, or because they may be involved in bullying others.

The Mix

The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people.

They will help you take on any challenge you’re facing including advice on mental health, money, homelessness, finding a job, break-ups and drugs.

Talk to them via their online community, on social media, through their free, confidential helpline or counselling service.

National FGM Centre

The National FGM Centre aims to achieve a system change in the provision of services for children and their families who are affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Their work also includes breast flattening and child abuse linked to faith or belief.


NSPCC offer a wide range of advice for children and young people. They have advice if someone asks to see, or tries to touch you, underneath your underwear and this is called Talk PANTS.

Your body belongs to you, and you should tell a safe adult you trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried.

Watch the Pantosaurus video to find out more.

Rape Crisis

Rape Crisis provide help if you’ve experienced rape, child sexual abuse or any kind of sexual violence.

Their website includes details of local Rape Crisis services, information about sexual violence for survivors, and people supporting survivors.

Respect not Fear

Respect not Fear help young people recognise unhealthy and abusive traits in their relationships.

Their site is full of information to promote healthy teen relationships, with useful advice for young people to assess their own relationships and get help if needed.

Runaway Helpline

Contact Runaway Helpline if you are thinking about running away, if you have already run away, if you have been away and come back, or if you are worried that someone else is going to run away.

The Safety Net

The Safety Net is a project to prevent the exploitation of people with learning disabilities by those claiming to be their friends, and aimed to deal with issues around "mate crime".


Shout is a free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope.

Stop Hate UK

Stop Hate UK is a leading national organisation working to challenge all forms of Hate Crime and discrimination, based on any aspect of an individual’s identity.

Stop It Now - preventing sexual abuse

Stop It Now supports anyone with a concern about child sexual abuse and its prevention. They encourage you to trust your gut and call, live chat or email, whatever your worry.

Unseen - the Modern Slavery and Exploitation Helpline

Unseen provides information, advice and guidance about any modern slavery issue.

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The following websites offer advice and guidance on a range of mental health topics.


MindEd is a free educational resource on children, young people, adults and older people's mental health.

NHS self-harm advice

The NHS offer support for anyone who self-harms or thinks about self-harm, as well as their friends and family.


PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is the UK charity dedicated to the prevention of suicide and the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people.

PAPYRUS have produced a guide for parents which has been created following discussions with parents who have experience of supporting a young person struggling with their mental health.

Their website also includes other resources and advice if you are worried about someone.


Stem4 - Supporting Teenage Mental Health is a useful website for parents and carers who have concerns about teenagers mental health. There are a whole host of resources and apps available which provide support and advice.

Young Minds

Whether you want to understand more about how you're feeling and find ways to feel better, or you want to support someone who's struggling, Young Minds can help.

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Breck Foundation

The Breck Foundation was founded in 2014 in response to the tragic loss of Breck Bednar, a 14 year old boy who was groomed and murdered by someone he met online. Their work aims to prevent this from ever happening again.


You can contact Child Exploitation Online Protection Command (CEOP) safely and securely if you have experienced online sexual abuse or you're worried this is happening to someone you know.


Childnet is an interactive safety programme website for schools, young people, parents and agencies.

Internet Watch Foundation

Internet Watch Foundation is the UK hotline for reporting illegal Internet content.

Think U Know

Think U Know is a website aimed at children and young people provided by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. The website contains very useful information about how to stay safe online.

UK Safer Internet Centre

The UK Safer Internet Centre provide resources for parents and carers who want to know more about gaming, from privacy to parental controls.

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