Contact Childline if you’re worried and want to talk to someone. They offer free 24 hour confidential support and information if you need to speak to someone.
You can speak to your teacher at school or go to your nearest youth advice and information centre to talk to someone face to face and in confidence. Many youth centres have drop-in sessions and are happy to talk to you at any time if you have something you want to discuss.
You can also contact someone at the Dorset Safeguarding Children's Board if you're worried about something, feel unsafe or you're worried about someone else.
If you have concerns about the safety or well being of a young adult, visit My Life my Care.
There are several services that can help you stay safe online:
If you're concerned about something online
If you've got a concern, either:
- tell your parent, carer or another adult
- contact a social media site if something on social media concerns you
- talk to the Safer Internet Helpline
If someone has acted in an inappropriate way with you or with someone you know, report it on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website:
CEOP report it
If someone has acted in an inappropriate way with you, or with someone you know, report it on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website.
Parents and carers and the internet
Find out more about the internet; how you can keep your child safe online or support them if they're in trouble online:
- find out about cyberbullying
- Everybody Plays - a parent's guide to games
- Got into trouble online guide
- NetAware updates you on social networks and how to keep safe
- CBBC LIfebabble guide to digital safety
- NSPCC online safety advice
- NSPCC share aware campaign
For more support call the Safer Internet Helpline.
Find out what to do if you're being bullied and who can help you stop it happening again:
Road safety advice
See our Travel Dorset pages and make yourself aware of the risks when it comes to road safety. Find useful advice and information whether you're a pedestrian, driver or cyclist.
If you've been raped or sexually assaulted the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (The Shores) in Dorset is here to support you.
The Shores can help you deal with and recover from the emotional and physical side effects of the assault. We can support you to report the incident to the police, but only if this is what you want to do.
Find help if you've experienced any form of domestic abuse. This includes:
- victim support
- courses for survivors
- support for children and young people who have seen domestic abuse
The law and victims of crime
Find out about young people and the law. Get advice if you're the victim of crime through these sites:
- The Mix's website for young people
- Citizens Advice for legal advice
- Dorset Police website
- Fearless - crime advice for young people
- Victim Support for young people
Homelessness and housing
Homelessness and housing advice for young people, including runaways support.
Health and relationships
See the NHS Health for Teens website for information about keeping healthy and safe, including sexual health advice and where to find support if you need help.
Young people's rights
Know your rights as a young person and help make decisions that might help other young people.
Find out more:
- Citizens Advice: young people's rights
- Dorset Youth Advice and Information Centres
- child employment and work permits
- GOV.UK - national minimum wage rates
- get involved: take part in decision-making
Dorset Combined Youth Offending Service (DCYOS)
DCYOS provides services from prevention and youth justice to helping to stop young people offending.