If you decide to talk to someone, it’s important to feel you can trust that person.
Contacting a helpline means you can talk to people in confidence (or email them). They won’t tell anyone unless you’ve asked them to or unless you’re in danger. They’ll listen and help you sort out what you can do and where you might be able to get help.
Sometimes it’s easiest to tell a friend. They can then help you tell an adult.
Letting them know what’s going on means they can look out for you in an emergency.
They’ll probably ask you:
• to describe what’s happening and who’s in the house
• if anyone is hurt
• for your name and address
• to stay on the phone (if you can) until an officer arrives to help
Teachers know that some children and young people live in homes where there’s violence.
Sometimes they’ll have to talk to other adults about what you’ve said. This might be a social worker or a close member of your family – but they should tell you first.
You might want to tell them who you think it’s safe for them to talk to.
Social workers have a responsibility to make sure that children and young people are safe from harm.
The social worker may speak to other preople in your life, to help them find out what would help you the most. This might be one of your teachers – or perhaps a parent or other family member (but only if it’s safe to do this).
It’s OK to tell your doctor about what’s going on at home.
Your doctor might suggest some people you can talk to.
She or he might also want to talk to your mum or dad about your worries – but make sure you let your doctor know which adults it’s safe to talk to.