Useful Contacts for Young People with SEND
ARC Youth Counselling Service - 0118 977 6710 A free & confidential counselling service, primarily for children, young people and their families. We also provide training for teachers and help to set up anti-bullying and peer mentoring schemes. http://www.arcweb.org.uk/
After Adoption - 0800 0568 578 Helpline for children & Young people up to 25 years re adoptees and for their birth parents, siblings and friends. Information and support on issues relating to adoption, including tracing relatives, rights, birth identity and other services. www.afteradoption.org.uk
Childline - 0800 1111 Free, 24-hour telephone helpline for children and young people anywhere in the UK. Trained counsellors offer comfort, support, advice and protection. Calls to Childline are confidential, and are free even from mobiles. Calls don’t show up on phone bills.
If you’re deaf, hard of hearing or have difficulties with speech, you can use their textphone service on 0800 400 222 (not available at night). www.childline.org.uk.
Muslim Women’s Helpline – 020 8904 8193 or 020 8908 6715
The Muslim Women’s Helpline aims to provide any Muslim girl or woman in a crisis with a free, confidential listening service and referral to Islamic consultants, plus practical help and information where required.
MindInfoline Children & Young People - 0845 766 0163 The MindinfoLine offers thousands of callers confidential help on a range of mental health issues. Mind helps people take control of their mental health. We do this by providing high-quality information and advice, and campaigning to promote and protect good mental health for everyone. They also provide a special legal service to the public, lawyers and mental health workers. mind.org.uk Children and young people
National domestic Abuse Helpline - Freephone 24 hour - 0808 2000 247 This helpline service provides support, information and a listening ear to women and children experiencing domestic abuse. It also helps women and children find a place of safety in a women’s refuge.
The National Domestic Violence Helpline is run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge.
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline - 0808 800 5000 helpline (children and young people under 18 years) - 0800 1111 The NSPCC Helpline is a free, 24-hour service which provides counselling, information and advice to parents who need support and anyone who has concerns about a child. Textphone for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: 0800 056 0566 www.nspcc.org.uk
NSPCC Asian Child Protection Helpline Open 11am to 7pm, Mon-Fri)
Bengali-speaking adviser 0800 096 7714
Gujarati-speaking adviser 0800 096 7715
Hindi-speaking adviser 0800 096 7716
Punjabi-speaking adviser 0800 096 7717
Urdu-speaking adviser 0800 096 7718
English-speaking Asian adviser 0800 096 7719
NSPCC Cymru/Wales Child Protection Helpline
Phone: 0808 100 2524 (free, bilingual Welsh/English service, open 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)
Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90 (UK) Samaritans is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which may lead to suicide.
The Mix Freephone - 0808 808 4994 Essential support for under 25’s The Mix is the UK’s leading support service for young people. We are here to help you take on any challenge you’re facing - from mental health to money, from homelessness to finding a job, from break-ups to drugs. Talk to us via online, social or our free, confidential helpline. http://www.themix.org.uk/
The Child Anxiety Network Anxiety disorders are one of the primary mental health problems affecting children and adolescents today. Given the wide range of stressors associated with growing up, it is important that our children have appropriate skills for coping with anxiety and other difficult emotions. The Child Anxiety Network is a US website and is designed to provide thorough, user-friendly information about child anxiety. It is also designed to provide direction for those who are not sure where to turn when they think their child or a child they know may need professional help to cope with anxiety. childanxiety.net
Young Minds 020 7089 5050 (general enquiries)
0808 802 5544 (parents helpline, for any adult with concerns about the mental health of a child or young person)
National charity committed to improving the mental health of all babies, children and young people. Provides information for both parents and young people.
Youth Access Championing advice & counselling. YIACS provides a holistic response to young people’s social, emotional and mental health needs through a range of services provided ‘under one roof’, including social welfare advice, advocacy, counselling, health clinics, community education and personal support. Our members respond to over one million enquiries a year on a diverse range of issues, including homelessness, benefits, debt, mental health, sexual health and relationships. youthaccess.org.uk