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Worried about a child

Being worried about a friend can feel like a big responsibility but there are a lot of people who can help you.

It’s good to talk to people you trust about those worries. That might be a teacher, a friend, your parents or anyone you trust.

Abuse is always wrong, no matter how many times it happens. There can be lots of different types of abuse. It might be helpful to read more on the emotional abuse and physical abuse pages on the ChildLine website

Being abused can affect young people in lots of different ways, but it’s never their fault.

It’s not unusual for young people to find it hard to talk about abuse, even with their closest friends.

An adult can help you and help your friend get the help that they need. Can you share what you know with a teacher or with one of your parents?

It can feel scary and stressful to be worried about a friend, so it’s important that you have a chance to talk about those feelings and get some support.

When you think about telling someone, it’s important to remember that they can’t always keep what you tell them secret. If you are worried about this, you (or your friend) might want to talk to a ChildLine counsellor before you decide who else to tell. The ChildLine counsellors have a Confidentiality Promise that means they can keep most things private.

You can contact ChildLine in loads of different ways, whether that’s by going online and using the 1-2-1 chats or emailing, or by calling for free on 0800 1111 (the calls won’t even show up on the phone bill).


If you are concerned about a child in East Sussex call the SPOA (Single Point Of Advice) on 01323 464222

If a child is in immediate danger contact Sussex Police via 999.