Getting help and advice
In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, we think that it is very important for children and young people to know what to do if they are worried about themselves, a friend or another person in the family and to be able to get help or advice.
All children have rights, no matter how old you are, your skin colour, religion or family situation. Some of these rights include a right to not be harmed by other people or used in ways that hurt you (exploited).
Here you can find advice on how to keep safe, but also what to do if you or someone you know is being harmed (sometimes known as abuse).
If you or someone you know is being hurt or is very unsafe right now, you should dial 999.
If you are worried about yourself or someone you know, you should talk to an adult you trust or ring ChildLine on 0800 1111.
If, after speaking to ChildLine, you still feel worried you can call MARU (0300 123 1116 during the day or 01208 251 300 after 5pm and at weekends).
The MARU is a team of people in Cornwall who will listen to what you are worried about. They can give you advice or make decisions about what to do to help you (or the person you are worried about) to be safe.
Connect+ has been developed in partnership with Action For Children to work in a different way with young people. They work with Young People aged between 12-18 Years who currently have a Social Worker allocated to them. Your Connect+ Worker will offer consistent support by providing a safe space to explore any challenges you are currently facing enabling the professionals around you to gain a better understanding of this so they too can help, enabling you to feel safe.
Safer Futures (for adults and children who have experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse and/or sexual violence): 0300 777 4777