Keeping Your Child Safe and Well
Internet Watch Foundation campaign launched to raise awareness of “self-generated” child sexual abuse material
In the last year, “self-generated” child sexual abuse imagery has increased by 77% and is a third of all child sexual abuse material identified and removed from the internet. These included images of girls aged 11 to 13 whose abuse had been recorded via a webcam in a domestic setting.
To help prevent the creation of this type of abusive imagery, a campaign has been launched by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) backed by the Home Office and Microsoft. It aims to help raise awareness of this type of criminality among parents and carers of young teens, empower and educate girls aged 11 to 13+ to spot the techniques used by sexual predators and give them the knowledge to Block, Report, Tell someone they trust.
It is a national campaign running from Wednesday 21 April for six weeks. You can find out more on the IWF website, as well as specific sites for parents and young people.
Important Safety Message from Salford Council:
Switchboard provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans* people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity. The service is entirely confidential and all volunteers self-define as LGBT+
NHS Advice for LGBT youth
Information and signposting for young LGBTQ people
A private and confidential service for children and young people up to the age of 19 www.childline.org.uk
Get Connected is the UK’s free, confidential and multi-issue helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don’t know where to turn www.getconnected.org.uk
Albert Kennedy Trust
The Albert Kennedy Trust supports LGBT homeless young people in crisis
Emotional support for anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope, or at risk of suicide
Gendered Intelligence runs a range of youth groups in London, Leeds and Bristol for young trans, non-binary and questioning young people aged between 11 and 25
A mental health charity promoting the emotional well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. They organise support groups and offer individual counselling
EACH - Educational Action Challenging Homophobia
EACH runs an Actionline for young people in England who are experiencing HBT bullying. It also offers support and guidance to adults who work with young people or parents
RU Coming Out
R U Coming Out is an online collection of personal stories of coming out. R U Coming Out is also a useful tool for parents and friends of those who have come out, offering them first-hand accounts from other parents, relatives and friends of gay, lesbian and bisexual people.
It Gets Better
The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to LGBT youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them
LGBT Youth Scotland
A coming out guide for trans young people
YouthNet provide information and emotional support for young people in the UK. Their website, TheSite.org, has factsheets, videos and moderated discussion boards on everything from sex and relationships.
Mental health charity based in Salford