- Safeguarding Information
- Professional Resources
- Case Reviews
- Youth Hub
Home should always be a safe place, where we are looked after, cared for and treated well. What do we do if that’s not the case?
Some children can be mistreated by the people that are meant to care for them. They can also be neglected (where their basic needs like food or shelter are not met), and this can make us feel very unsure and uncomfortable.
There is lots of help available. How do we tell someone about it and what support is there? Look at the links below.
If you need to talk to someone locally:
The Council’s Children’s Help and Advice Team offers advice to children, young people and their families, where they need some extra support and guidance.
The Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) is the central point of contact for any individuals and professionals where there are concerns about child abuse or neglect.
To speak to the team – (01432) 260800 (Open 9-5 Monday – Friday)
To email the team – firstname.lastname@example.org
(01905) 768020 (MASH out of hours number for weekends, after 5pm or before 9am)
WMWA (West Mercia Women’s Aid) provides local support to children and young people who have been affected by domestic abuse. This includes support for young people who are themselves experiencing abuse in their teen relationships.
Call 0800 783 1359, email email@example.com, or visit their website for more ways to get in touch.
If you have experienced rape, sexual abuse, or sexual exploitation, you may find yourself feeling scared, overwhelmed or anxious and although it might feel scary, talking about things can help. If you are between 5-18 and live in Worcestershire or Herefordshire, and feel that counselling may help you, then you can contact us for more information on firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Navigators on 01905 969777.
A Children & Young People’s Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ChISVA) is a special worker who can help you and provide support to you if you have experienced rape, sexual abuse, or sexual exploitation at any time in your life.
For further information about our advocacy services please call our Navigators on 01905 969777 or alternatively email email@example.com.
Children and Young People aged 5-19 and their families can get advice from the school nursing service on topics like relationships, maintaining a healthy weight, sexual health, emotional and mental health, smoking, alcohol and substance use, and keeping safe.
Main Office Tel: 01432 363 940
Single Point of Access (Advice Line) – Tel: 07813 451 034 (Tel/Text/WhatsApp), Mon-Fri 9.00 – 4.30.
For more information – see the school nursing webpage here
If you are a child or young person, you can call ChildLine to speak to someone in confidence.
Click on the link above to also give you different ways of contacting them, such as an online chat function.
Childline’s website also has lots of information on the effects of domestic abuse as well as advice and practical ways to get support and feel safer.
Good page for definitions of different types abuse and signs to look out for, plus links to help-lines.
Advice from the Children’s Society for young people that may be thinking of running away. Look out for the useful links to other categories that can help at the bottom of their page too (well-being and mental health).
A longer read to explore how professionals can help you feel safer if you are concerned about domestic abuse or neglect. It takes you through, step-by-step, what will happen if you decide to report abuse or neglect.
The HSCP page gives definitions of abuse and neglect as well as a bit more information about who to contact.