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.



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.

        

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

I Didn't Know Campaign

Essex campaign about sexual exploitation. Find out more, with information on spotting the signs, what to do if you're concerned about a friend or if you are in a situation you don't feel comfortable with #KnowAboutCSE

Say Something if you See Something

This 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   

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.