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Here are the resources we found for abuse for young people:
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NSPCC Underwear Rule – Keeping Deaf Children Children Safe from Abuse
This video is made for parents and young people who are deaf or hard of hearing to show how to keep deaf children safe from child sexual exploitation and abuse. This video shows the story of a young man who’s deaf and his hearing mother, and a young girl and her dad who are both deaf and how they navigate teaching their children about how to stay safe from abuse.
When Does it Become Abuse?
Relationships can be great but they can also be complicated. Sammi Maria chats to Childline about spotting the signs of abuse and how to cope when a relationship goes wrong.
How to Move On and Find Closure
For every painful experience, the message is the same. You can heal and move on, and become stronger. When a relationship ends abruptly, or you lose someone you love, there is always one question: How do you transition from a place of pain to a place of healing? In this video, Wellcast give advice and information about how to move on and find closure.
How to Leave an Abusive Relationship
This video talks all about how to leave an abusive relationship. This video is American so please note that when it says call 911, you need to call 999. This video gives helpful hints and tips about how to leave an abusive relationship. They note it is important to build an army of supportive people to help you through the process of leaving your partner.
Disrespect Nobody is a Government campaign targeted at young people in order to educate them about sexual health, relationships, and abuse. This website contains a lot of fun videos and quizzes that can help you gain knowledge on all these topics. Remember it is not okay to feel pressured in a relationship, it’s not okay to have sex when you don’t feel like it and it’s not okay for someone to demand naked pictures from you. You are in control of your body.
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood
NAPAC (the National Association for People Abused in Childhood) offers support to adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect. A freephone helpline is available and the support team can also be contacted by email. Training courses are provided for professionals who support adult survivors of child abuse.
Young Person Safety Plan
This resource is a must have for young people who might be experiencing situations of violence and unrest in their home. This safety plan is to be completed by a young person who may be experiencing abuse, or even after the abuse has stopped. Once completed, the safety plan should be kept in a safe place.
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If someone deliberately hurts or injures you or another person, it’s physical abuse. you might be told that it’s your fault or that they are punishing you, but nothing makes it okay for someone to hurt you. Abuse is never your fault. This webpage contains information on physical abuse including how physical abuse can affect you, why are you being physically abused and information on telling someone else.
Abuse is always wrong and it can be very difficult to talk about but you’re never alone. If you’re worried about abuse, fina out what it is, why you must get help and where you can find help.
Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships
Relationships can be confusing. Especially if you really like someone but they do things you’re not comfortable with. So think about what feels right for you and remember - always listen to yourself. On this page you can find information about understanding a confusing relationship, being pressured into sex, what to do if you feel unsafe and worried about someone’s relationship.
Everyone has the right to feel happy and safe, wherever they are and whoever they are with. However, sometimes people can be hurt by others, leaving them feeling unsafe. If an individual is being hurt by someone, this is called abuse.
This page from the Black Country CAMHS site provides an introduction to abuse, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse. It includes tips to support young people, and a set of additional links.