Further information for Children and Young People
Is that abuse?
Child abuse can mean a lot of different things such as neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse. It’s not always easy to know if you or someone you know is being abused, but the important thing to remember is that no-one has the right to hurt you or make you do anything that feels wrong. This link explains all the different types of abuse.
Here are some guides that may be helpful:
- A young persons guide to Working Together to Safeguard Children
- A young persons guide to Keeping Children Safe
- Keeping Children Safe – NSPCC guidance, tips and advice
Relationships can be confusing and it can be difficult to understand what is and isn’t normal behaviour. Healthy relationships are all about respecting each other. You should feel loved, safe and free to be yourself but disrespectful and unacceptable behaviour can come in many forms. It isn’t limited to just physical behaviour; it can also go way beyond that. For example, it’s not OK for someone to try and pressure you into sending a nude pic, or to expect the same things to happen that they’ve seen in a porn film. If someone makes you do something you don’t want to, makes you feel scared, intimidated or tries controlling you, it’s not acceptable and is never OK. There’s a person attached to every body, respect both.
Click here to see more information about the Disrespect Nobody campaign which includes videos, animations and quiz.
Check out this information leaflet on Sexting.
Internet Safety and CyberBullying
Let’s keep the internet fun. CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) have some really good advice and useful videos about keeping you and your friends safe. Click here to visit their website and ‘Keep Safe’ and check out these videos.
- Jigsaw – Internet Safety Video for 8-10 year olds
- Tom’s Story – Internet Safety Video for 11-13 year olds
- Claire’s Story – Internet Safety Video for 14+ year olds
What is CyberBullying? The use of electronic communication to bully a person, typically by sending messages of an intimidating or threatening nature: children may be reluctant to admit to being the victims of cyberbullying. It can be perpetrated by individuals or a group of people and often (but not exclusively) involves teenage and pre-teen age groups.
Bullying affects lots of young people and happens in many schools but it’s the way it’s dealt with which makes the difference between life being tolerable or a misery for many. There is no legal definition of bullying. But it is usually defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability. Click here for advice and help if you or someone you know is being bullied.
Mental Health Issues & Self Harm
Norfolk and Suffolk Children’s and Young People’s mental health services provide specialist help for children, families and young people experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties. Click here to visit their website and find out more.
Click here to find information and support for a range of health issues from seeing and hearing people’s real life experiences. Thousands of people have shared their experiences on film to help you understand what it’s really like to have a health condition.
There is a new national initiative called Shelf help available in all of Norfolk’s public libraries to support young people like you and your friends and family if you are dealing with mental health issues and to raise awareness of common issues, including advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying, body image and exams. Click here for more information.
Self-harm is purposeful injury or harm to oneself. Some people self-harm as a way of dealing with very difficult thoughts and feelings that they can’t cope with in more positive ways. Many young people self-harm and it is thought that about 1 in 10 people in the UK have self-harmed. Click here for more information.
Drug and Alcohol Issues
Are you affected by someone else’s drug and alcohol use? This leaflet explains what you can do and how to get help.
There is help and support available for children, young people and families on tackling drug and alcohol issues. This leaflet explains how the Matthew Project can help.
For more information on drugs you can also visit the Talk to Frank website.
What is a young carer?
• A young carer is “a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person (other than someone who does this because of a contract or volunteering work)”.
• They will often be providing physical and/or emotional support to someone because that person has a disability, has a physical or mental illness, or has issues with substance misuse.
• We know that there are well over 5000 Young Carers in Norfolk but many are hidden because they do not realise they are a young carer, or because of fears of stigma/external involvement.
• Being a young carer can have a significant impact on their physical and mental health, educational attainment and their transition into adulthood.
Norfolk Young Carers Forum has put together a range of awareness-raising mini-presentations which cover various issues relating to young carers and the support available:
- Young Carers Norfolk – Your Guide booklet
- Young Carers Norfolk – Your Guide Poster
- Who Are Young Carers
- How it feels to be a Young Carer
- Young Carers Presentation – Sources of Support
- Managing my money for young adults
- Getting Our Voices Heard 2018 Young Carers Survey Results Poster
Other Useful Information
There are some more useful documents below that we think may help you.
The first, below is about what you can expect from attending a conference with a social worker.
The Children and Young People’s Involvement Strategy can be found below.
There are lots of ways that children and young people living in Norfolk can influence what happens in their local area and have their say on public services. Click here for more information on how to get involved.