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Information for Children & Young People

You Matter

The BSCB has produced a guide for 16 – 18 year olds called ‘You Matter‘. The guide provides information on topics such as how to stay safe, relationships, drinking and drugs, body image, sexuality, feeling low and living with a disability. It also contains details of additional websites and numbers you can call for advice.
Please note that some telephone numbers in this document may have changed since publication.

Children & Young People in employment and entertainment

Please see the Buckinghamshire County Council website for information about children and young people in entertainment. The site covers issues such as chaperones, paperwork and guidelines in terms of working hours.

Useful resources and websites for children & teenagers


For a wide range of useful info visit www.childline.org.uk

If you want to speak to someone, in confidence, you can call ChildLine on 0800 1111. This service is free at any time.

Domestic Violence

For any child or young person living in a house with domestic violence information and support can be found at the Hideout.

You will find real life stories, games and message boards, where you can talk to other young people affected by domestic violence.

Drugs and Alcohol

Talk To Frank gives information about different drugs and their effects, as well as real life stories and interactive forums.

Switch Bucks is an alcohol and drug service working with young people aged 10 – 18 (or 25 where appropriate) across Bucks.
Switch offers young people support and information, and helps them to develop life skills in order to make healthy choices around their alcohol and drug use.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

If you are a victim of Female Genital Multilation, or are worried that you or someone else might be at risk from it, please visit The Foreign & Commonwealth website where you will find help and support.

You can also ring 0207 008 1500 or email fgm@fco.gov.uk with any concerns.

For facts regarding FGM, you can download the national FGM fact leaflet: FGM Facts leaflet

Forced Marriage

If you, or someone you know, is being forced into a marriage, in the UK or abroad, you can visit The Foreign & Commonwealth website where you will find help and support.

You can also ring The Forced Marriage Unit on 0207 008 0151.

For facts regarding Forced Marriage, download the ‘What is Forced Marriage?’ Leaflet: ‘What is Forced Marriage?’


If you are 16/17 years old and don’t have anywhere to stay, or are having problems at home which may potentially lead to you being homeless, please see Buckinghamshire County Council’s website for advice and support.

Living with a Disability

If you are a teenager living with a disability and would like some information on the services available to you, please visit:  Direct Gov / Young People – Living with a Disability

You can also find details of activities, advice and support for children and young people living with a disability in Bucks by clicking:  Family Information Service

Self Harm

Self-harming is when a young person chooses to inflict pain on themselves in some way. If you are self-harming, you may be cutting or burning yourself, biting your nails excessively, developing an eating disorder or taking an overdose of tablets. It can also include taking drugs or excessive amounts of alcohol. It is usually a sign that something is wrong.

You may self-harm if you are feeling anxious, depressed or stressed or if you are being bullied and feel that you do not have a support network or way to deal with your problems. The issues then ‘build up’ to the point where you feel like you are going to explode. Young people who self-harm often talk about the ‘release’ that they feel after they have self-harmed, as they use it as a mechanism to cope with their problems.

Self-harm can be really hard to understand but it is a lot more common than some people think. Between one in 12 and 1 in 15 people self-harm.

Talking about self-harm can be really difficult, but it is important that you get help. Lots of people who self-harm find that talking to someone they trust actually helps them to cope with wanting to self-harm. YoungMinds and ChildLine provide more information on self-harm, including exploring different ways of telling someone about self-harm and getting help. Lifesigns has a number of free downloadable factsheets for people who self-harm.

Young Carers

As a young carer under 18, it is important that you get the support you need. For further details visit: Young Carers