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What the Board means to you

The Essex Safeguarding Children Board makes sure that all organisations work together to promote the safety of children and young people in our county. 

The Board is made up of very senior people from housing, social care, schools, education, the police, health and many others. We check that all these people are thinking about whether or not children and young people are safe.

A big part of what we do is raising awareness about how to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people. Safeguarding might sound a bit of a fancy way of saying “keeping children and young people safe”. Safeguarding is also about making sure children and young people get the best opportunities in life and that they:

  • feel safe
  • are happy
  • are healthy
  • have a home
  • have an education
  • have a support network
There’s also a lot you can do to help yourselves too! So we’ve selected some of the best local and national websites on safeguarding topics and brought them all together in one place.

        

Reprezent Essex - Broadcasting Scheme for Young People

Author: Reshma.Madhi/19 January 2017/Categories: Uncategorized

A radio station led by young people has launched in Essex with a year-long broadcast training scheme for 13 – 24 year olds.

It will offer opportunities for young people across the county to campaign issues in their own way and to directly engage with them on important issues.

Supported by the emotional wellbeing and mental health commissioning partners in Essex, it is hoped the scheme will leave young people better positioned to listen to their peers and communicate important messages to build knowledge of support and resilience amongst young people in Essex.

Originating in London, the urban music APP and web-based radio station is rolling out training centres in Southend, Brentwood and Colchester as well as roadshow events across the county for young people to create their own campaigns and content.

Stay updated: Visit the website and follow Reprezent on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Download the APP for free: iTunes and Google




If you or a friend are unhappy in a relationship, visit Essex Victim Gateway for support and take a look at the Relationships section below.
If you or a friend are unhappy in a relationship, visit Essex Victim Gateway for support and take a look at the Relationships section below.
If you or a friend are unhappy in a relationship, visit Essex Victim Gateway for support and take a look at the Relationships section below.
Children in Care Council

Here is the link to the Essex Children and Care Council website, which is for children and young people in care in Essex, as well as professionals and foster carers. 

It contains lots of information about being and leaving care in Essex and also signposts people to lots of other websites of interest. 

The website also has a function where young people can ‘register their interest’ in becoming involved in the Children in Care Council in Essex activities and give their views using online surveys. 

  

Understand about consent and sexting in relationships..

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  • Crime and Safety Advice
  • Smoking, drugs and alcohol 
  • Bullying 
  • Driving
  • Gangs
  • General health and wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Relationships
  • Sexual health and abuse
  • Staying safe online

Crime and Safety Advice

For general crime and safety awareness the fearless website has lots of information young people on various topics including Drugs and Alcohol, Cyber Crime, Violence and Theft.

Smoking, alcohol and drugs
 
For general information, advice and support for you or someone else you know who may have a drug problem, you can go to Talk To Frank.

There’s more information and places for support and advice in Essex at the Essex Young People's Drug and Alcohol Service (EYPDAS) website.

The Fearless website also has information on Drugs and Alcohol.

Bullying

Bounce Back from Bullying - try out this online quiz by Childline to find out if what you are experiencing is bullying and what you can do

Bullying - This site provides lots of advice on dealing with all types of bullying. It also has a section for children who bully where they can identify bullying behaviour and the effect this has on their victims.

2Smart –  Bullying, alcohol, road safety and water safety

ThinkUKnow  - Information on Cyberbullying Emotional wellbeing and mental health

YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

Driving

Young people feature in more road traffic incidents than any other age group. The Essex Roadster website will help you steer clear of becoming another fatal statistic.

Gangs

What is a gang?

Being in a gang can make you feel part of something or that you belong.

But some gangs take part in criminal activity and might try to get you involved with them. Being part of a gang like this can be dangerous. Sometimes you can be forced to commit a crime or do things that are unsafe.

If a gang carries knives or other weapons, they might get them out to show off or intimidate people. This can be very scary for other people, especially if they think the gang will use them.

I'm being pressured into joining a gang, what can I do?

Remember no one has the right to pressure you. You don't have to join a gang if you don't feel comfortable or sure about things.

You can:

  • Spend more time with friends who aren't involved in the gang, or places where you know they won't be
  • Talk to a trusted adult or to our counsellors if you're being forced into a gang.
  • Hanging out with your friends can be a good way to get to know each other and share hobbies and interests. But it can become dangerous if you join a gang that does illegal things like theft or gun and knife crime.

Who can help me?

There is a growing culture amongst young people to become involved in gangs for protection, a sense of identity, status, friendship, money and sex. However, the risks are greater than the benefits! You need to be aware of the elements of gang culture and the consequences they can have on the rest of your life. Get free, confidential advice from the following support groups.

Gangsline - for free advice and support from ex-gang members on 0800 032 9538 or 07753 351 256.

ChildLine – 24-hour support. If you’re worried about gangs, you can talk to a ChildLine counsellor on the phone or through online chats and message boards; call 0800 1111.

You&Co – you can talk to one of our support workers on a one-to-one basis. We can give you advice on how crime can affect you and how to cope with it.

The Mix – this website provides information and support for 16-25 year olds. Confidential help by telephone, email, text or webchat. Call 0808 808 4994.

Crimestoppers – If you want to provide information about a crime without talking to the police, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

MAC UK - delivers mental health therapies for young people involved in gangs: http://www.mac-uk.org/about-us/the-need/

Drop the Weapons: Know when to say no: - Includes interactive film where you can choose the ending

Young Minds website has advice for young people wanting to leave a gang.

The SOS project (part of St Giles Trust) has produced a leaflet which provides advice to young adults who want to get out of gang related activity - the leaflet and other information is available on their website.

General Health and Wellbeing

Created by young people for young people, the Rise Above website is a great place to go if you're aged 11 to 16. There's lots of information to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to make informed decisions, and help deal with the pressures of growing up.

Exam stress

Advice from Childline on exam stress and homework and revision techniques
BBC Bitesize and S-Cool websites also have useful information.  

If you are worried about yourself then you can call ChildLine at any time confidentially on 0800 1111.

Mental Health

More than 850,000 children and young people in the UK have been diagnosed with a mental health condition, you're not alone.

Big White Wall - an anonymous online forum for young people who are feeling down, anxious, angry or stressed to support each other

Mental Health Social Care & Assessment Team - if you are aged 18 or over, live in Essex and require a social care assessment in response to your mental health condition, you can refer yourself by calling 03330 322958 (9am-5pm Monday – Thursday, 9am-4.30pm – Friday).

YoungMinds offer advice and resources for young people.

The Time to Change website has real life stories and celebrity pledges to help end the stigma of mental health.

Eating Disorders

In general, eating disorders develop over time, sometimes over years, and often at a point when life brings fear and insecurity. Understanding you need is the first step to recovery. These websites offer lots of useful advice.

Young Minds – Eating Problems

Boy Anorexia

B-EAT – Symptoms

Relationships


#TogetherWeCan - If you or a friend is unhappy in a relationship, find out what support and advice at Essex Victims Gateway.


Safer Places Booklet - domestic abuse support services in Essex


Family relationships are an important part of young people's lives and can affect us in lots of different ways. For information and advice on family relationships, visit the ChildLine website.


The CYH website is for children and young people who would like information and support about friendships.


Brook offers free & confidential information for under 25s.


Video: Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence


Disrespect Nobody - got questions about sexting, consent and violence in relationships? 



Sexual health and abuse

Brook offers free & confidential information for under 25s.

Chelsea's Choice - awareness raising and powerful video production

Sexual Abuse - Say something if you see something - this new service gives you the opportunity to share worries about CSE through a free, 24/7, anonymous helpline. The helpline is provided by a national charity 'Missing People'. The I didn't know video produced by young people highlights the dangers of grooming and sexual exploitation.

Worried about Female Genital Mutilation? A new app called 'Petals' contains information about FGM, personal stories from those who have been affected, links to educational films, a quiz and tips on how to get involved in campaigning to end the practice. It also provides details of where those affected or at risk can go to get help and advice and it enables users to access the NSPCC's National FGM Helpline at the touch of a button.

'Everybody's Business' is a new website launched by young people to educate their peers about FGM and what they can do to stop it. 

My Body My Rules is a three minute animated film aimed at raising awareness of FGM among primary school children.

Staying safe online

If you wouldn't do something offline - don't do it online. If you use Facebook, you can check your privacy settings by clicking on the padlock at the top of your homepage (this is in the grey menu from a smartphone). You can set your profile so only your friends can see your profile, wall and photos.

Check out our cyberbullying rules to help keep yourself safe online. Kidsmart and Think U Know are both useful resources for finding out how to stay safe online.

The Fearless website also has lots of information about cyber crime.

Zipit app - download to find out what to do if you are sent sexual images online.

Indecent images: Do You Know the Law? - read the guidance on our CSE Young People and Internet/Social Media pages

Helping Young Men Stay Safe Online

Brook offers free & confidential information for under 25s.
Brook offers free & confidential information for under 25s.
CSE - Say something!

This new service gives you the opportunity to share worries about CSE through a free, 24/7, anonymous helpline. The helpline is provided by a national charity 'Missing People'. Say something if you see something poster.

As well as the helpline, there are a number of resources to help raise awareness about safe and healthy relationships available on the website.

‘Say Something’ helpline: Call or Text 116000   

Facebook: /SaySomething

Twitter: @SaySomethingIf