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Additional Information for Children & Young People

You Matter

The BSCB has a guide for 16 – 18 year olds called ‘You Matter’. The guide provides information on topics such as how to stay safe, relationships, drinking and drugs, body image, sexuality, feeling low and living with a disability. It also contains details of additional websites and numbers you can call for advice.

You can download the guide by clicking on the link in the downloads menu. Or, if you would like us to post you a copy, you can email Laurie Andrews on laandrews@buckscc.gov.uk

Support for Child or Young Person who has made an allegation

The BSCB has also developed an information leaflet for any child or young person who has had to make an allegation of abuse against a member of staff or volunteer working within the children’s workforce (for example, within a school or youth club).

The leaflet contains details of what will happen next, the professionals involved in the process and the support available to you. You can download the leaflet by clicking on the link in the downloads menu. Or if you would like us to post you a copy, you can email Laurie Andrews on laandrews@buckscc.gov.uk

Practical Advice to give to children & young people about Performing or Modelling:

This useful checklist contains straightforward advice for any child or young person looking to begin performing or modelling.

It covers issues such as chaperones, paperwork and guidelines in terms of working hours. It also includes tips on how to keep safe, including expectations of how representatives from a genuine modelling or performance agency would act.

This checklist can be downloaded as a PDF file from the downloads menu.

Useful resources and websites for children & teenagers

To learn more about the topics below, just place your cursor over any word highlighted in purple. Topics are listed alphabetically.

CEOP warns of webcam abuse

CEOP has issued warnings of a concerning rise in the use of webcam by sex offenders to blackmail children and young people online.

We want all young people to know that if they are being threatened online, if they’ve shared something they regret, it’s never too late to get help.

Young people might feel like there is no way out but they can always report to CEOP online at www.thinkuknow.co.uk or visiting the CEOP Safety Centre.

The NSPCC have set up a dedicated helpline for young people suffering this type of crime, which will be open 24/7 throughout September and October 2013. Please publicise this number with the children and young people you work with:

NSPCC helpline: 0800 328 0904
Young people can also call Childline on 0800 1111

 New resources

We’re asking schools and youth organisations to run assemblies or lessons to raise awareness amongst young people of this type of crime.

To help you do so we’ve launched Webcam with Confidence, a suite of resources including:

  • A fully scripted presentation for use as an assembly or lesson
  • A factsheet to handout to young people
  • A letter you can send or email to parents encouraging them to talk to their children about this type of crime

These can be downloaded from the Thinkuknow resources area at: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/teachers/resources. You will find the pack under the ’11-16′ tab.

Webcam abuse: the facts

CEOP have investigated a number of cases in which sex offenders have used blackmail to force young people to perform sexual acts on webcam.

Typically online sexual blackmail happens as follows:

  • An offender makes contact with a young person. This can happen anywhere online, including on a social network, in a chatroom, in a game or even on their mobile.
  • The offender begins a conversation and tricks the young person into sending them an indecent picture, appearing naked or performing sexual acts on webcam. They trick them in a variety of ways including: pretending to be a girl or boy of the same age, pretending to be someone the child knows, flirting with them or sending them sexual pictures or videos.
  • The offender records the webcam footage. They then threaten to share the video with the young person’s friends or family if they don’t perform more sexual acts. Some young people have been threatened for money or told to hurt themselves.

This has happened to hundreds, potentially thousands, of young people in this country.

This is sexual abuse. The emotional impact can be devastating. A number of young people have attempted suicide as a result of finding themselves in this situation.

Abusive relationships

Abusive relationships don’t just happen to adults.
If you are in an relationship and are worried about how your boyfriend or girlfriend treats you, advice and support is available at: http://thisisabuse.direct.gov.uk/

You can also visit:
Direct Gov / Young People – Relationships

Alcohol

If you want to learn more about alcohol, and its effects on your body or behaviour, visit http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/

You can use the online Drinks Diary to calculate the units in your alcoholic drinks.

Alcohol & Pregnancy

If you are an expectant mum, and would like some guidance on the effects of alcohol during pregnancy (including help and advice on how to cut down on your drinking) you can download the Alcohol & Pregnancy leaflet:
Alcohol & Pregnancy: Guidance for expectant mums

You can also visit http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-and-you/family/alcohol-and-pregnancy

Bullying

Cyberbullying can be just as upsetting. For help on cyberbullying, click on: Stop Cyberbullying

ChildLine

For a wide range of useful info visit http://www.childline.org.uk/

If you want to speak to someone, in confidence, you can call Childline on 0800 1111. This service is free at any time.

Domestic Violence

For any child or young person living in a house with domestic violence, info and support can be found at The Hideout

You will also find real life stories, games and message boards, where you can talk to other young people affected by domestic violence.

Drugs

http://www.talktofrank.com/ gives info about different drugs and their effects, as well as real life stories and interactive forums.

D-Word has games, fun facts and projects, along with advice on how to help if one of your friends has a problem with drugs.

If you, your brothers or sisters, or your parents are using drugs, the help and support available to you can be found at addaction Buckinghamshire

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

If you have had Female Genital Multilation done to you, or are worried that you might be at risk from it, please visit The Foreign & Commonwealth website where you will find help and support.

You can also ring 0207 008 1500 or email fgm@fco.gov.uk with any concerns.

For facts regarding FGM, you can download the national FGM fact leaflet: FGM Facts leaflet

Forced Marriage

If you, or someone you know, is being forced into a marriage, in the UK or abroad, you can visit The Foreign & Commonwealth website where you will find help and support.

You can also ring The Forced Marriage Unit on 0207 008 0151.

For facts regarding Forced Marriage, download the ‘What is Forced Marriage?’ Leaflet: ‘What is Forced Marriage?’

Gang Culture

An anti-gang rap has been filmed in High Wycombe. To view this video via YouTube, please click on the following link: Anti-Gang Rap

Living with a Disability

If you are a teenager living with a disability and would like some info on the services available to you, please visit:  Direct Gov / Young People - Living with a Disability

You can also find details of activities, advice and support for children and young people living with a disability in Bucks by clicking:  Family Information Service / Disabilities

Staying Safe Online

To know more about the websites you visit, the technology you use and how to stay safe online you can visit http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Info is available for 5 – 7 year olds8 – 10 year olds  and 11 – 16 year olds, as well as parents and carers.

Chat rooms are a great way to talk to friends, and even to make new ones. But how can you be sure your new friend is who they say they are? Advice on how to stay safe in chat rooms can be found at:
Direct Gov / Young People – Chat Rooms

Young Carers

As a young carer under 18, it is important that you get the support you need. For further details, visit: http://www.youngcarers.net/