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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?


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

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.

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, Gill Frame, who asks lots of questions of agencies to ensure that what they do to safeguard children and young people works. 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

  • The Children’s Society have put ‘five ways to well-being for children’ on a set of postcards as a reminder of the things that children can do to support their own well-being. Download the postcards.

Are you 11 – 19 years old? Are you struggling with 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 us at

Healthy Relationships

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

Childline counselling app

Childline has launched a new app providing counselling to young people in the UK and Channel Islands through their smartphone. The app, named ‘For Me’ and invented by four teenagers, allows users to interact with all Childline’s online services including: 1-2-1 chat with a counsellor; the ‘Ask Sam’ problem pages; and entrance to their private ‘locker’, an area where they have their own daily mood tracker and can write down personal thoughts.

NSPCC ‘For Me’ App


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