- Mental Health
- Social Issues
- Family/Financial Support
- Cyber Bullying
CAMHS – Childhood and adolescent mental health services
Young Minds – Mental Health Services for Young People including advice pages, support lines and real life stories
Mind – A charity involving raising awareness of mental health issues and promoting equal opportunities
- Nurse drop in sessions in school every Tuesday lunchtime for any form of health advice or support
Gingerbread – Advice for lone parents and information about community support groups available etcetera
Childcare advice, including local childcare provision listings and advice on choosing the right provider
Parent Plus – Advice and support for parents on a number of issues from divorce to work/home balance to ‘empty nest syndrome’
- Speakeasy – Group sessions on various issues run throughout Shropshire during the year. Please refer to Shropshire Children’s Information Service here (link: http://www.shropshire.gov.uk/youngpeople.nsf) for information regarding upcoming events. Events held locally will also be publicised in school for the children.
CHAT – Support service offered in school
For info please click (link: www.chatshropshire.co.uk)
FPA – Pregnancy/contraception advice
BPAS – Pregnancy/termination advice
FRANK – advice and information on anything relating to drugs/alcohol, from how to identify different types to signs and symptoms of intoxication
The Hideout – a specialist support service for domestic violence, with message boards to talk to other in similar circumstances and advice on how to cope
NSPCC – Advice for children and parents on domestic abuse/bullying
There for me – general support a number of social issues such as self harm, exam stress, bullying and domestic abuse site includes a message board and a live ‘ask Sam’ service.
Worried, need to talk – NSPCC sponsored site offering advice on what to do if you are worried about someone close to you.
YSS – Youth support service, with specialist adult mentors to work with youths to prevent and deter antisocial behaviour.
YOS – Youth Offending Service: a multi-agency team that provides support for young people who have become involved in the criminal justice system.
Promotion of reading
Parents Centre – advice on choosing the right school for your children, what to do if you suspect substance abuse or bullying etcetera
4 Children – A charity promoting safe communities and activities for young people with a view to promoting the best start in life.
Connexions – Careers/post school guidance service offered to all students in school.
For info pleas click (link: www.connexions-direct.com)
Citizens advice bureau – Free information and advice on legal or financial issues
Surestart – a government programme bringing together education, childcare, health and family support
Family and Parenting Institute – research and policy work to provide the best support available for children and families
Shropshire County Council – Local information: various support groups; benefit advice; community info; housing; careers; transport; education and more
All UK mobile phone operators have nuisance call centres set up and / or procedures in place to deal with such instances. They may be able to change the number of the person being bullied. Mobile operators cannot bar a particular number from contacting a phone, but some phone handsets do have this capacity. Action can be taken against the bully’s phone account (e.g. blocking their account) only with police involvement.
‘O2’: firstname.lastname@example.org or 08705214000.
‘Vodafone’: 191 from a Vodafone phone or 08700700191 for Pay Monthly customers and 08700776655 for Pay as you Go.
‘3’: Call 333 from a 3 phone or 08707330333.
‘Orange’: Call 450 on an Orange phone or 07973100450 for Pay as you Go, or 150 or 07973100150 for Pay Monthly.
‘T-Mobile’: Call 150 on a T-Mobile phone or 08454125000.
Social networking sites (e.g., MySpace, Bebo, Piczo):
It is good practice for social network providers to make reporting incidents of cyber bullying easy, and thus have clear, accessible and prominent reporting features. Many of these reporting features will be within the profiles themselves, so they are ‘handy’ for the user. If social networking sites do receive reports about cyber bullying, they will investigate and can remove content that is illegal or breaks their terms and conditions in other ways. They can delete the accounts of those who have broken the rules.
Contacts of some social network providers:
Bebo: reports can be made by clicking on a ‘Report Abuse’ link located below the user’s profile photo (top left-hand corner of screen) on every Bebo profile page. Bebo users can also report specific media content (i.e. photos, videos, widgets) to the Bebo customer services team by clicking on a ‘Report Abuse’ link located below the content they wish to report.
MySpace: reports can be made via the ‘Contact MySpace’ link, which is accessible at the bottom of the MySpace homepage (http://uk.myspace.com), and at the bottom of every page within the MySpace site.
Piczo: reports can be made within the service (there is a ‘Report Bad Content’ button at the top of every member page). At the bottom of the home page and on the ‘Contact Us’ page there is a link to a ‘Report Abuse’ page. The ‘Report Abuse’ page can be found at: http://pic3.piczo.com/public/piczo2/piczoAbuse.jsp.
It is possible to get content taken down from video-hosting sites, though the content will need to be illegal or have broken the terms of service of the site in other ways. On YouTube, perhaps the most well-known of such sites, it is possible to report content to the site provider as inappropriate. In order to do this, you will need to create an account (this is free) and log in, and then you will have the option to ‘flag content as inappropriate’. The option to flag the content is under the video content itself. YouTube provides information on what is considered inappropriate in its terms of service. See www.youtube.com/t/terms section 5C.
Instant Messenger (e.g., Windows Live Messenger or MSN Messenger):
It is good practice for Instant Messenger (IM) providers to have visible and easy-to-access reporting features on their service. Instant Messenger providers can investigate and shut down any accounts that have been misused and clearly break their terms of service. The best evidence for the service provider is archived or recorded conversations, and most IM providers allow the user to record all messages.
Contacts of some IM providers:
MSN: When in Windows Live Messenger, clicking the ‘Help’ tab will bring up a range of options, including ‘Report Abuse’ and there is also an online feedback form at: http://support.msn.com/default.aspx?mkt=en-gb to report on a range of products including MSN Messenger.
Yahoo!: When in Yahoo! Messenger, clicking the ‘Help’ tab will bring up a range of options, including ‘Report Abuse’.
Chatrooms, individual website owners / forums, message board hosts: