Keeping you and your friends safe
All children and young people have the right to be safe from being harmed in any way. We all want you to get the best out of life: to be safe, healthy, get on well with your family and friends, and do your best at school or in work when you are older.
But some children and young people may be hurt by other people. This may be:
- by a parent or carer, a friend or relative, or sometimes by a stranger
- or it may be by other children or young people
Children and young people may be:
- hurt at home or in their neighbourhood
- bullied or hurt at school or in the street
- hurt face to face, or by computer or mobile phone.
You may hear about some upsetting cases, of children being badly hurt, on the TV, radio or in the newspapers. You may also know of a friend who has been hurt in some way, or it may have happened to you or someone in your family.
We can help and support children and young people, and their families who have got problems in their lives. But we need people to tell us about their concerns. We can’t help anyone, unless we know they need help.
In Sheffield, we try to make sure that people know who to ring or contact if they think that a child or young person is being harmed. Some people may be frightened to call the police or Children's Social Care. They may think that they will get into trouble, or they may think it is not their business but we need them to know that it is everybody’s business.
There are posters and leaflets available that give people information about who to contact in Sheffield, if they are concerned. If you are worried about one of your friends, someone in your family or perhaps yourself then you can speak to a teacher or other member of staff at school, or someone at your doctor’s or to any other worker that you know.
If you do not want to speak to someone face to face, there are (list top right) organisations you can call. You probably know it anyway, but you can ring Childline on 0800 11 11. You can speak to them in confidence about any problem you or a friend has. You don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to. Otherwise you can visit ‘Ask SID’. They have a children’s section, called ‘who can I talk to?’ with lots of information about organisations you can talk to.
Remember: there is always someone you can talk to. Everyone has a right to be safe.