Children and young people

What is Safeguarding?

You may have heard people talk about ‘child protection’. Child protection is when people are worried that a child may be being hurt by someone. A social worker’s job, with the help of other workers like the police, health visitors and teachers, is to stop children from being hurt. Safeguarding looks at what needs to happen to keep children and young people safe.

What is Abuse?

The Government has published a guide for young people to explain what abuse is and how to keep children safe.


Pantosaurus can help to keep you safe. Click on the image to watch the video.

If you are a child or young person affected by abuse or exploitation you can call Childline for advice and support 24 hours a day on 0800 1111.

Teenage Relationship Abuse

Can you spot the signs of being in an unhealthy relationship? Are you affected by abuse within a current relationship? Teenage Relationship Abuse Awareness Leaflet provides useful information and support services for you to access help.

If you are worried that you or your friends may be in an abusive relationship please view our leaflet: Abuse in relationships

How does the SCP work to keep children safe?

The role of Safeguarding Children Partnership (SCP) is to make sure agencies are working together to safeguard children and young people and make them safe. It is our job to work hard to make sure that Cheshire West and Chester is a safe place for children and young people to grow up.  The SCP has an independent person, Paula St Aubyn, who asks lots of questions of agencies to ensure that what they do to safeguard children and young people is working. The SCP is made up of professionals with different jobs including: police, doctors, social workers, and teachers, we call these our partners. The partners regularly check, and if needed, change practice, to make sure the needs of Cheshire West and Chester’s children and young people are met in the best possible way.

The Government has published the guide below for young people to explain how adults and professionals are expected to work together to protect and safeguard children.

Child Protection Conferences

You may find this leaflet really helpful to explain what happens if you attend a child protection conference.

What does neglect look like to me and my friends?

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

Are you struggling with your mental health, stress, anxiety, bullying or bereavement issues? Would you like some online support from a local team in Cheshire West and Chester?

If yes, please contact My Mind :: Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

You can also read the Young Peoples Mental Health Support Services Plan on a Page (PDF, 204KB)