Here is a list of resources compiled by one of our project workers. We hope you find it useful - let us know if you know of other good resources.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 999.
LOCAL (OXFORDSHIRE SERVICES)
Physical, emotional, and sexual health and well-being services
- Talking Space - Over 18 - Offers you the chance to help yourself to cope with life’s ups and downs, feel better and learn your own strategies for keeping well
- Sexual Health Oxfordshire – For young people and adults. Offering a full range of services including genitourinary medicine (GUM) and contraception: testing for and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), all types of contraception including emergency contraception, advice on safer sex, relationships, drug use or other health related issues, and HIV care
- Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Helpline: A 24/7 mental health helpline has been launched to take pressure off 111 during the Covid-19 crisis for mental health advice in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The round-the-clock helpline will make it quicker and easier for people in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to get the right advice they need for their mental health. It will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and temporarily takes pressure off 111 for people who need mental health care when their situation it is not life threatening. Adults: 01865 904 997, Children and young people: 01865 904 998
- Elmore Community Services: support for people with mental health difficulties and/or complex needs aged 18-65 in Oxfordshire.
Support specific to sexual abuse and violence
- OSARCC – Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Service, committed to supporting survivors of sexual abuse, rape, domestic abuse, and harassment. Offering a free and confidential service to women and girls who are dealing with the effects of sexual violence
- Horizons - a specialist mental health team supporting children and young people who have experienced sexual abuse or sexual exploitation. To get support here, you need a teacher, GP, social worker, or another professional working with you, to make a referral.
Local support for domestic abuse
- A2 Domestic Abuse Services - Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0800 731 0055 (Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm). This is free and will not show on your home telephone bill but may appear on an itemised mobile phone bill. The Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline can provide emotional support and practical information for adults affected by domestic abuse.
Information and support around Child Exploitation
- Information and advice about child sexual exploitation from Oxfordshire County Council.
- The Kingfisher Team: Oxfordshire Children’s Services specialist team who provide to support to children, young people, and families who are affected by child exploitation. If you know a child or young person that you think is at risk of exploitation or is being exploited, you can call them for specialist advice on 01865 309196.
Support with drugs and alcohol use
- Aquarius Young People’s Service
- Turning-Point - Substance and alcohol roads to recovery support for adults
- http://oxme.info/cms/health/drugs - Alcohol and substance misuse support for children, young people and adults
- My Normal – Facebook page for My Normal Music, an inclusive group for LGBTIQA+, disabled young people, and allies aged 13-25. An arts based project aiming to give LGBT+ youth safe spaces & a bigger voice in the community of Oxfordshire.
- Topaz - 13 - 25 yr olds. A safe space for those who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender. This is also for people who are unsure about their sexuality and may be questioning it.
- LGBTQ+ info for young people in Oxford
Other support and advice for children, young people and adults
- Everything for young people in Oxfordshire - Health, life, learn, earn, news & events
- Spurgeons - Support for young carers
- Safe! project Oxfordshire - Supporting young people in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire who have been harmed by crime. Helping them to recover their confidence and sense of safety. Watch these videos made by young people who have been supported by Safe!: http://www.safestories.org/
- Oxfordshire Witness Service. If an individual is going to court as a witness or victim of crime, the Witness Service can provide free and confidential support to help them cope. The family and friends who are attending court can get help too and the Witness Service supports witnesses for both the prosecution and defence. The Witness Service can also provide support to children at court. Address: Oxford Crown Court, St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1TL Tel: 01865 240957 or 727753
NATIONAL SERVICES AND WEBSITES
Support and advice for children and young people
- ChildLine – 0800 1111. Support and advice for children and young people
- YouandCo - You & Co is Victim Support’s youth programme that helps young people cope with the impact and effects of crime. You do not have to report the crime to the police to get support from this organisation
Information and support regarding domestic abuse, sexual abuse and violence
- SOLACE (Sexual Assault Referral Centre). Support if you have been raped or sexually assaulted.
- The Hideout – Information for young people about domestic abuse, developed by Women’s Aid.
- Womens Aid - Women’s Aid is the national charity for women and children working to end domestic abuse. They have a National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247. 24/7 Helpline, and an online live chat service, if you think something in your relationship isn’t right.
- Quiz to help you identify if you are in an abusive relationship.
- Male survivors of sexual abuse - Male rape and sexual abuse support
Information about healthy/unhealthy relationships
- Tips for talking to and helping a friend that you think might be in an unhealthy/abusive relationship.
- ACT ON IT – Resources for young people about healthy/unhealthy relationships and abuse
- BISH UK – A guide to sex, love, and relationships, for everyone aged 14+
- Love is Respect a resource to empower youth to prevent and end dating abuse. Lots of information and quizzes. They are an American organisation so we would recommend not using their phone line.
- One Love Foundation: resources to help educate young people about healthy and unhealthy relationships, empowering them to identify and avoid abuse and learn how to love better.
Child exploitation support and information
- Thinkuknow - This website is an excellent resource including films and advice for 5-7 yrs, 8-10 yrs, 11-13 yrs, 14+, parents, carers and professionals. This website links with CEOP (Child Exploitation and Protection)
- Barnardo's - Advice for parents, professionals, children and young people on the signs of sexual exploitation and how to keep safe
- NSPCC– Child sexual exploitation 'at a glance'
- http://www.seeme-hearme.org.uk/ Advice and information about child sexual exploitation.
- http://faceup2it.org/ This website was developed by FACE (Fighting Against Child Exploitation) to help other young people who are vulnerable or taking risks. We hope this website will let them know about the dangers out there and give information on how to keep safe.
- Runaway Helpline is a free, confidential help line and online chat if you are thinking about running away, if you have already run away, or if you have been away and come back. You can also contact them if you are worried that someone else is going to run away or if they are being treated badly or abused. Call or text for free on 116000.
- Has someone done something online that has made you or a child or young person you know, feel worried or unsafe? Advice on what to do: CEOP (Child Exploitation and Protection)
- 7 key facts about child exploitation from the Children’s Society
- ChildNetInternational- Useful for children, young people, teachers, professionals, parents and carers. Plus information about mobiles, gaming, downloading, social networking and much more
- Safety Detectives: 3 Best Antivirus Programmes with Free Parental Control Tools in 2020
- Net Aware – NSPCC website reviewing all apps, social media, and websites, that children are currently using
Physical, emotional, and mental health and well-being services
- YoungMinds Crisis Messenger text service provides free, 24/7 crisis support across the UK. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis and need support, you can text YM to 85258.
- SHOUT 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. Text Shout to 85258.
- The Mix – free helpline, email support, crisis messenger, one to one webchat, and counselling services for young people up to the age of 25. If you’re under 25 and don’t know where to turn for help, get in touch.
- Emotional Well being for children and young people – Young Minds - online advice and support
- mind.org.uk – A to Z of mental health, information and support and find your local Mind
- Brook - Sexual Health advice
- Counselling directory - Connecting you with professional support
- Stonewall Information and support for support for LGBT communities and their allies.
- Mermaids Information and support for gender-diverse kids, young people, and their families
Drugs and alcohol use support
- www.talktofrank.com - Drugs & alcohol misuse
- The Struggle After London’s gang culture led to the death of one of her childhood friends, a Fixer has launched a film to shed light on the reasons why people get caught up in gangs.
- Listen To Your Selfie! These two short films aim to teach secondary aged young people about online sexual abuse and what constitutes a healthy relationship. There are two films where selfies come to life – The Game focuses on a same-sex online grooming scenario, and The Party highlights peer-to-peer sexual pressure and grooming. The videos are also intended to help young people recognise the signs that they are being manipulated, controlled or exploited so they feel empowered to make their own decisions or choices.
- http://www.consentiseverything.com/ – What you need to know about sexual consent
- Orange Digital Dirt - Want a job? Short film about bad behaviour online effecting job opportunities
- "Stay Switched On": The animation has been made with young people for young people to help them keep safe when they are out and about and using public transport. It’s all about encouraging young people to be alert and to ‘Stay Switched On’ helping them to think about the journeys they make, to be aware of people and situations around them and tips on how to keep safe and what to do if they are worried or concerned by anything. The animation is aimed at all young people who are travelling without adults/
- Jasmin’s story – Select Jasmin’s short film, a sexual exploitation story on the Muslim Women’s Network UK
- Million Youth Media: Short films challenging perceptions about young people in the mass media and raising awareness about current issues
- Eastenders - Watch this video with Shona McGarty from BBC soap Eastenders explaining how to spot the signs of child sexual exploitation.
- ZIPIT link on ChildLine website Get flirty chat back on the right track with Zipit. Full of comebacks and tips to help you stay in control of your chat game.
- Primary - resources on sexting – NSPCC Share Aware You can download the free Share Aware teaching resources to help teach primary children to keep safe online. These lesson plans cover the dangers of sharing pictures and chatting to strangers online.
Child Exploitation resources for parents
- PACEUK - A national organisation dedicated to parents and carers whose children are at risk of, or experiencing child sexual exploitation
- Children’s Society advice for parents around Child Criminal Exploitation https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/sites/default/files/cce-advice-for-parents.pdf
- Children’s Society advice for parents on gathering intel in relation to child exploitation:https://www.csepoliceandprevention.org.uk/sites/default/files/Guidance%20Cap%20Intel%20Toolkit.pdf
- Children’s Society resources about County Lines: https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-we-do/our-work/tackling-criminal-exploitation-and-county-lines/county-lines-resources