Children and young people

Are you 11 years old or younger and worried about life at home?

If someone is in immediate danger and their life is threatened, they should dial the Police on 999; if you are unable to talk, once connected to 999 press 55 and the police will attend. If it is not an emergency but you need help from the police, please call 101. For non-emergencies you can also report a crime online

Are the adults in your home arguing or hurting each other? 

Are you feeling any of the following:

  • Scared
  • Worried
  • Angry
  • Sad

Talking to someone can really help. Speak with your teacher, learning mentor or safe adult at school. When not at school speak to other adults you trust, for example grandparents or other relatives, close family friends and club leaders.  

If you are in danger you should call 999

  • Call 999. Once the operator has spoken to you, press 55 if you are too scared or unable to speak. Do not hang-up and leave the phoneline open if you can, even if you can't speak.

If you need to talk to someone or ask for help, there are services that can help you. Remember you can talk about anything, even if it is awful or small

  • You can call Childline on 0800 1111
  • If you have a social worker, family support worker or any other support worker share your worries with them and they will find ways to help you

More online resources

What is domestic abuse?

Abusive behaviour can consist of any of the following: 

  • Physical abuse / hurting others on the outside e.g. hitting
  • Emotional abuse / hurting others on the inside e.g. shouting or name calling
  • Being forced to see or do things you don't want to do 
  • Scary or threatening behaviour e.g. throwing things or threats to hurt you or someone else
  • Being controlled and watched, or being stopped from getting help
  • Financial abuse e.g. not allowing you to have, or taking away money, clothing, food or other resources

It does not matter is this behaviour happens once or lots of times, you can still ask for help.   

Click here to watch a short video about how to recognise domestic abuse and how to get help.