Child protection: a young person's guide

Posted by Nick Colton on 12/10/2015

Is someone bullying you, hurting you, or doing something to you that you want to stop. You don't have to put up with it. You have a right to be safe from abuse. There are ways of getting support.

Keeping safe

  • Listen to your instincts about the people you meet
  • Avoid being out of sight of other people when with a grown up 
  • Avoid traveling in someone else's car by yourself
  • Avoid going to the home of a grown up by yourself
  • Tell someone you trust where you’re going
  • Carry a mobile phone, phone card or change

Is something wrong?
Something is wrong if someone:

  • Constantly teases you, puts you down, shouts at you or calls you names
  • Threatens, hits, kicks or punches you
  • Touches you inappropriately or does anything that makes you feel uncomfortable
  • Makes suggestive remarks or tries to pressurize you into sexual activity
  • Sends you texts or emails that are inappropriate
  • Damages or steals your belongings
  • Does anything that makes you feel lonely, upset, worried, unsafe, hurt or embarrassed

If any of the above happens to you take action to stop it. You have rights – don’t be bullied or abused.

What to do
If you are being bullied or abused, it is not your fault. Try to:

  • Be firm and tell the person to stop.
  • If that doesn't work try making a lot of noise to attract attention.
  • Get away from the situation quickly, go to a public place to find help.
  • Tell your parents/carers or an adult you can trust as soon as possible, so they can help you.
  • If you’re in a club tell the Youth Officer or Welfare Officer.
  • If you don't feel you can tell any of these people call Childline 0800 1111 (this is entirely confidential), or NSPCC 0800 800500. You can also call the police (999). The police and social services have trained staff to support people who are being, or have been, bullied or abused. Keep trying if you can't get through straight away.  
  • If possible, keep a note of the date, time and place, what happened, how you felt and the name of anyone who may have seen what happened
     

Don't give up until someone helps you

You can also contact the BMC Officer responsible for Child Protection Nick Colton on 0161 438 3305. Email nick@thebmc.co.uk

View the BMC Child Protection Policy

 

 



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