Help with social issues


Is for anyone concerned about ill treatment, abuse or a child at risk. Call the Child Protection Helpline free on 0808 800 5000. It provides counselling, information and advice to anyone concerned about ill treatment, abuse or a child at risk. The helpline is staffed by experienced counsellors.They listen and speak to you in confidence. If they need to, they will then contact social services or the police to protect a child at risk. Helpline counsellors can also advise on general child-care and family problems. Either a male or a female counsellor is available on request.  You can also visit

Domestic violence

If you are in immediate danger, call 999.

1 in 4 women experience domestic abuse or domestic violence at some point in their lives. This may be physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse. Domestic abuse during pregnancy puts you and your unborn child in danger. If you are pregnant or have a baby and are being abused, there is help. You can speak in confidence to your GP, midwife, obstetrician, health visitor, social worker.

Or you can call the confidential 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit helpline is free and is run in partnership by Refuge and Women’s Aid.

Other organisations, websites and helplines:

  • Refuge:
  • Women’s Aid:
  • Rape Crisis: or call the helpline on 0808 802 9999 (see website for helpline opening times).
  • This is Abuse:  For young people experiencing abuse.
  • ChildLine: 0800 1111 open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, calls free and confidential.
  • Independent Domestic Abuse Services: 24hr national helpline number: 03000 110 110 or get advice, accommodation and support on 03000 110 110

Help for younger mums


ChildLine is a free and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19. You can contact a ChildLine counsellor about anything – no problem is too big or too small. Call free on 0800 1111, have a 1-2-1 chat online or send an email. Wherever you call from, the call won’t show up on that phone bill.

You can about anything. Some of the things children and teenagers phone about are feeling lonely or unloved, worries about their future, school problems, bullying, drugs, pregnancy, HIV and AIDS, physical and sexual abuse, running away and concerns about parents, brothers, sisters and friends. Visit to find out more.


Is a registered charity committed to keep children safe from harm or abuse.  Visit to find a lot of advice about different sort of bullying including cyber bullying and sexual abuse.

Last updated 04 June 2015.  Version 1.5