Click on any of these titles to link to access a range of useful information for parents and carers. If you do have a concern and would like to speak to a member of the team, then please do not hesitate to contact us or make a referral.
Worcestershire Children First is responsible for the delivery of services to children and young people across Worcestershire.
The site provides information on the safeguarding of children and adults and is provided by a partnership between Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) and Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP)
Families First YSS
Practical and emotional support for families in Worcestershire with a parent in prison or about to be sentenced.
YSS enables people who face significant life challenges to feel safe, have the opportunity to thrive and to realise their potential
West Mercia Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Centre
WMRSASC is a free, confidential and non-judgemental support service for survivors who have experienced rape, assault, incest, sexual abuse, sexual harassment or any form of sexual attack, whether physical, verbal or emotional.
Starting Well Partnership
Supporting families, parents, children and young people across Worcestershire to lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.
National helplines for adults and children:
A place a child or young person can talk to someone about something they are worried about. They can do this online or over the phone. 08001111
This charity works against child abuse – a helpline is available for parents or other adults concerned about a child (0808 8025544).
A confidential helpline which offers support and advice to those in emotional distress. - 116 123
Young Minds Parentline
Offers information and advice to anyone worried about a child or young person under the age of 25. - 0808 802 5544
Charity working to prevent young suicide with a helpline for those worried about themselves or someone they know (call 0800 068 4141; text 0778 620 9697).
Domestic Abuse support:
West Mercia Police – 101/999
West Mercia Women’s Aid – 0800 980 3331
National Centre for Domestic Violence – 0800 970 2070
Victim Advice Line
If you’ve been affected by crime, it can be hard to know where to turn. At Victim Advice Line they are there to help you. You could be the victim, you could have witnessed the crime or you could be related to the victim – it doesn’t matter.
General mental health advice and support:
Action for Children
Provide practical and emotional care and support for children, young people and their parents/carers; ensure children and young people’s voices are heard; and campaign to bring lasting improvements to their lives.[Text Wrapping Break]
Big White Wall
Online counselling service for young people aged 16+.
The Campaign against Living Miserably aims to reduce suicide rates among young men in the UK.
Prepares young people for their first visit to their GP to talk about their mental health.
Support and signposting for young people under the age of 25. Telephone, email, text and web chat support.
Online counselling and support for children and young people.
National mental health charity providing information and advice.
Information on mental health, as well as telephone, email and text support. Includes an online forum for over-18s.
Mental health information and support for the under-25s.
Time to Change
Personal stories from young people about why mental health matters.
The Youth Wellbeing Directory
Online resource for families and young people up to the age of 24 listing local mental health services in their area.
Your Mental Health & Wellbeing
Ten tips to help parents and carers with their mental health and wellbeing.
Live chat and email support for children and young people experiencing anxiety.
Helpline for young people who suffer from panic attacks, OCD, phobias, and other related anxiety disorders (0330 606 1174).
Advice and support for dealing with bullying.
Charlie Waller Memorial Trust
Includes information for children and young people on how to recognise the signs of depression.
My CAMHS Choice
Information and support for young people who have been referred to the CAMHS system.
Students Against Depression
Information, advice and real-life stories for university students struggling with depression.
Beat Eating Disorders
Helplines, online support and self-help groups on all types of eating disorder.
Information and support on self-harm in children and young people.
National Self-Harm Network
A forum providing crisis support, resources and advice on dealing with self-harm.
Recover Your Life
Information and support around self-harm. Includes forums, online chat, open 24/7.
Self Harm UK
Information for parents and professionals on self-harming behaviour.
Stonewall campaigns for the equality of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people across Britain.
Mermaids supports gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care.
Apps/Tools for Children and Young People:
Problem-solving tool aimed at students.
An app to help young people through the ups and downs of life; it suggests activities to help based on how you rank your mood.
Specifically for young people to help them manage their anxiety. There are lots of tools, techniques and advice.
Half moodtracker, half social network. It allows children and young people to choose whether to keep their mood private or share it publicly for support from other Mood Panda users.
A mood tracking tool; the basic features are free but you have to pay for more in-depth features.
An app as well as an online resource which helps children and young people monitor and understand their emotional wellbeing.
Games that have been clinically proven to reduce stress.
Self-help tool for children and young people suffering from eating disorders.
SAM (Self-Help for Anxiety Management)
Help with anxiety management which includes interactive games and tools, and an anxiety tracker.
Stop, Breathe and Think
Guide to meditation which recommends certain meditations based on how you’re feeling.
This is the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre. It’s a one stop shop for most information about online safety.
Thinkuknow is the education programme from NCA-CEOP, a UK organisation which protects children both online and offline.
A great site for helping parents keep their children safe online.
National Online Safety
National Online Safety mobile application. Created by experts, developed by us.
With all online safety knowledge available at your fingertips, the NOS app empowers parents and teachers to understand and address online safeguarding risks – any time, anywhere.
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#DITTO – Free Online Safety Newsletter
#DITTO is a free online safety (e-safety) newsletter in PDF format for schools, organizations and parents to keep you up to date with risks, issues, advice and guidance related to keeping children safe online, with a view to enjoying and learning about technology. A new edition is released approx. every 6 weeks.
NSPCC – Parent Controls
Advice on setting up parental controls to help you keep your child safe online.
It’s not always easy to know what’s safe online and what’s not. Here you can find advice to help you keep safe and to know what to do when things go wrong.