Links to Mental health, Safeguarding information and support
Guidance and revised support for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
(CAMHS) intervention is available on the Children and Family Health Devon website. CAMHS
are also offering additional 24/7 telephone support. Please contact 03300 245 321
during normal hours (8am-5pm, Mon to Fri) or 0300 555 5000
outside these hours.
provide information, advice and counselling for children and young people over 11. If you need to talk to someone, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
. Anyone already receiving support through Young Devon’s Wellbeing service should email email@example.com
or call 07935364652
and leave a message with your name and contact details.
offers free, safe and anonymous online support and counselling
for young people.
have a range of help and advice, including a guide for parent’s on how to support your child
during the coronavirus pandemic and advice for young people about how they can look after their own mental health
have a similar advice page on how to cope during lockdown
and also offer a free counselling service online or over the phone
. Or you could try PsychCentral’s 49 phrases to calm an anxious child
Meanwhile, the NHS Every Mind Matters
website has tips to help if you are worried about coronavirus
and how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home
– you can even make your own Mind Plan
Bristol Mental Health Trust and Trauma Foundation
have developed a document to help people who are struggling with anxiety at this time. This document is available in 15 different languages
The NHS has produced a mood self-assessment tool
to help you better understand how you’ve been feeling. And if you become aware that you would like to talk about how you are feeling, mental health helplines
can provide support.
For anyone experiencing suicidal feelings, Samaritans offer free online advice
and are ready to answer calls and emails at any time day or night. Call 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
if you need to talk.
Government guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing
during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is available on their website.
Protecting children from harm
Protecting children from harm remains our top priority. If you are worried that a child is at risk or concerned that they are being abused please call 0345 155 1071
or email email@example.com
. If it’s an emergency call 999
Our existing child protection procedures
remain in place.
Online exploitation remains an ever-increasing risk, and the current restrictions are likely to increase that activity as the places and spaces young people operate in becoming increasingly reliant on virtual media as a substitute. Young people will be spending a lot more time online and will be at greater risk of online grooming and exploitation.
Devon and Cornwall Police – working in partnership with Dorset Police – have collected information to support both parents/carers and young people to spot the signs of online exploitation
The online safety section
above offers advice about how to keep children safe online. And the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command has published amended guidance and resources regarding online Child Sexual Exploitation risk
Domestic violence and abuse
This is a difficult and worrying time for everyone – but particularly so for adults and children living with abuse, and the professionals working hard to support them.
Devon and Cornwall Police are eager to remind victims of domestic abuse that you are not alone. If you need support and advice, please visit their domestic abuse support page
or contact Devon Victim Care
Devon’s regional domestic violence and abuse support charity, Splitz, continue to offer support
to anyone suffering abuse.
National charity Refuge
have a free 24-hour helpline. If you need help now, call 0808 2000 247
for expert advice and support.
More information about domestic abuse
is available on the Devon and Cornwall Police website, and the NSPCC also has guidance on how to keep children safe from abuse
also have resources for parents, children families and practitioners
available on their website. New resources are being added every day, and you can sign up for updates. You can also join SafeLives’s community platform
to access webinars and resources as well as to network with others across the country.
Please also note that Boots chemists are offering safe spaces
within their pharmacies for victims of domestic abuse.
The Sexual Assault Referral Centre
(SARC) advice line is still fully functioning and available 24/7. Call on 03003034626
, or visit the SARC website
Stop It Now
offer confidential support for those who are worried about their or someone else’s sexual thoughts/behaviour. Visit the Stop It Now website
or call 0808 1000 900
Information on how to protect children from child sexual abuse is available on the Parents Protect website
, while the NSPCC’s PANTS rule
provides simple and clear messages that are easy for children to understand.
In an emergency, call the police on 999.