Getting help if you're worried

If something’s happened or you're worried, there's always someone you can talk to.

Feeling like something's not right

Things have been very different since March. And it’s been difficult for everyone.

You might be worried about:

  • things that have happened to you or someone else
  • not knowing where to go when you’re scared
  • missing school or exams
  • what will happen in the future
  • coping with your mental health.

Whatever’s happening, you don’t have to cope alone.

Lauren's story:

'It's been a tough year'

Where can I get help?

There are lots of ways you can ask for support:

  • Speak to Childline
    Get free, confidential support from a Childline counsellor about anything you want to. You can start a 1-2-1 chat with us from 7.30am - midnight (Monday to Friday) and 9am - midnight (Saturday to Sunday). You can call on 0800 1111 from 7.30am - 3:30am (Monday to Friday) and 9am - 3.30am (Saturday to Sunday). You can also send a message from your Childline account any time.
  • Talk to an adult you trust
    Talking to an adult you trust is really important, even if you can't do it in person. It could be a teacher, someone in your family or anyone else you feel safe with.
  • Contact your doctor
    You can still make an appointment with your doctor. And you can usually talk to them them by yourself. Even if you can’t see your doctor in person, they’ll be able explain how they can support you during lockdown. Find out more about seeing your doctor.
  • Phone the police
    If you’re feeling unsafe, you can always talk to the police. In an emergency, you can call 999 to get help straight away. You can also report online sexual abuse or exploitation to CEOP.

What is abuse?

Abuse can be anything someone else does to hurt you, or that leaves you feeling scared or upset. It can also be when your parent or carer isn’t looking after you. Abuse is never okay and is never your fault.

Being abused can happen to anyone. It’s not always easy to tell when it’s happening, especially if the person who’s abusing you is someone who loves you, or is someone you care about. If you’re worried, there are always ways to get support.

There are lots of different types of abuse:

Joshua's story:

'I just didn’t know where to go'

What will happen if I tell someone?

People like teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers and police officers will always listen and take you seriously. They have a duty to help you and keep you safe. And if you tell them what’s happening, they’ll want to help.

The person you tell might need to let someone else know what’s happening, but you can always ask about this. It’s also okay to tell them what you’d like to happen and keep asking questions about what’s going on.

It can feel hard to talk when it involves someone you love or who cares about you. Especially if they’re supporting you in other ways. Sometimes they might have told you that you won’t be listened to, or that you’ll get into trouble if you talk about it, but this isn’t true.

This campaign was developed by the Home Office in partnership with Childline, NSPCC, Barnardo’s, the Children’s Society, the Marie Collins Foundation and the Internet Watch Foundation.