Below are links to websites that may be of help or interest to you. If you have any ideas about other links that could be included please let us know – see the contact page.
A voice for a nation of young people who are in care or who have been in care, an organisation which is run by young people who are in Care or who have been in care. Click the ANV logo to find out more.
Brook provides free and confidential sexual health services for young people. There is also a text and webchat service you can use to get your questions answered. Use the link below to find out about services in your area; Brook
Catch22 is committed to ensuring that care leavers have access to the best possible life chances when making the transition from the care system to independence. They have also provided the National Care Advisory Service (NCAS) for 10 years, offering advice and information on leaving care and a benchmarking service to local authorities. http://www.catch-22.org.uk/expertise/care-leavers/
Want to find out more about CAFCASS and the family courts? You can go to this web page to learn about what happens and who you will meet.
Become – a free charity helpline for young people in care and leaving care
Ask for advice – it’s free
In care or a care leaver? Looking for help and advice? Talk to them in confidence – online or over the phone on their dedicated helpline for young people.
They say “we really know our stuff about the care system and what everyone’s rights and entitlements are!”
Call on 0800 023 2033 between 10:30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Children’s Commissioner for England – Promoting and protecting children’s rights in England
The Children’s Commissioner for England promotes and protects children’s rights in England. She does this by listening to what children and young people say about what matters to them and making sure adults in charge take their views and interests into account. To get up to date advice and information you can visit their Help at Hand pages here.
The National Children’s Bureau (NCB)
The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) is a leading children’s charity that for 50 years has been improving the lives of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable. http://www.ncb.org.uk/
IMO is a voice for teenagers in care and for care leavers. It is somewhere you can share stories, experiences and achievements, get and give advice, and find loads of great free stuff!
They share blogs, vlogs, podcasts and more from teens in care, and link Children in Care Councils in England together around common campaigns.
They also share opportunities for care leavers, like jobs and apprenticeships, and they give away loads of free stuff!
Click here to find out more
Sexual Health Information and Services in Devon
You can find out more information about contraception, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI’s) and where your local clinic is here and here. There is lots of useful information about who you can ask for help in your area and provides information for LGBT young people.
Space Youth Service
Space have eight youth centres across Devon, you can drop in to have a chat, learn some new skills or just have a chat. They also offer extra 1:1 support for young people, the chance to do the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) award and have groups for specific young people:
- Young carers
- Children in care
- Care leavers
- Young music leaders
- Mental health
The Site is a national information site for all young adults to find information, advice and guidance. You can email in a question for a professional adviser and discuss current issues on the forum.
Childline has loads of information about anything that may be worrying you – and you can talk to someone on the phone or even by email at any time. Freephone 0800 1111 – 24 hours a day www.childline.org.uk
Young Devon Support for Wellbeing
You can access mental health and wellbeing support here. Or by calling the Newton Abbot YES Centre on 01392 381992 / 01626 202530 or Exeter YES Centre on 01392 331666. If you need to speak to a health worker straight away and aren’t sure who to call, dial 111 to speak to an NHS advisor.
Think U Know
Think U Know is a place you can go to find out about internet safety or report worries you have about who you may be talking to online. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Frank is a website where you can get information about drugs and legal highs. You can get advice, find out about treatment and addiction as well as talk to somebody if you are worried about yourself or a friend. You can call them on 0300 123 6600 or use the website. http://www.talktofrank.com/
This is a free, confidential and anonymous space where you can ask for advice and support. You can access online counselling and chat forums.
YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity committed to improving the emotional well-being and mental health of children and young people. www.youngminds.org.uk
Healthtalk.org answers some of the questions that perhaps you may not want to ask your doctor and helps you to realise that other young people are going through the similar experiences and that you are not alone. http://www.healthtalk.org/young-peoples-experiences
A website for people aged 13-19 who are in to art, fashion, music, games, writing, film, dance or drama. Through the site you can have the chance to take part in free workshops, upload and discuss your creations and enter competitions to work with big-name talent. Or go behind the scenes in the creative industries and apply to take part in loads of innovative projects, work experience and creative placements. www.bbc.co.uk/blast
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. This site aims to provide important information to parents and carers, children and young people and professionals who work with them.
The Princes Trust
We give practical and financial support, developing key workplace skills such as confidence and motivation. We work with 14 to 30 year olds who have struggled at school, have been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law. www.princes-trust.org.uk
This is a great website about your rights. It tells you what you can do at what age. http://www.lawstuff.org.uk/
Here is an organisation working with equality and diversity for young people in Devon who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, inter-sex and non-binary.
LGBTQI help is available through Stonewall. They have a dedicated site for young people. http://www.youngstonewall.org.uk/
National Citizen’s Service
There are some fantastic opportunities available over the summer that you can view here.
Children in Care Nurses
If you want to find out who your local Child in Care (CiC) nurse is you can contact Cathy Jermey – Lead Nurse for CIC and Care Leavers
T: 07814 658576
This is an excellent website which makes apps accessible. Click here.
Department for Work and Pensions
This is the official Department for Work & Pensions website with lot and lots and lots of information!
This is a website that helps you to make sense of domestic abuse and what to do if you think it’s happening to you or someone you know. Click here and take a look. There is information about living in a family where there is domestic abuse and domestic abuse in young people’s relationships.
Young Devon have lots to offer, they help with finding accommodation, getting your voice heard, learning skills and building your emotional wellbeing. If you’re worried you might become homeless you can contact them for advice and support. Click here to find out more.
CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
You may have heard people talk about CAMHS and wondered what it is and if they could be helpful to you. CAMHS provides help for children and young people who are experiencing problems with their mental health or emotional wellbeing. Have a look at their website for more information here.
Speak to your GP, carer or social worker if you are worried about your mental health or wellbeing.