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Staying safe and healthy

This part of the website will offer useful help and advice of how to keep yourself safe, including on-line.

Mental Health +

For information and support on Mental Health Issues please see the services listed below: is a free, online counselling and emotional wellbeing plat-form for young people in Sunderland aged 11 to 18 years old.

The Kooth website allows young people to gain anonymous access to advice, support and guidance on any issue that is affecting their wellbeing. From friendship or relationship issues, family disagree-ments or difficult home lives, to concerns around eating, anxiety, stress, depression, self harm, suicidal thoughts etc.




E-Safety - Keeping yourself safe online +

Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones. Children and young people may experience cyberbullying, grooming, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or emotional abuse.

Children can be at risk of online abuse from people they know, as well as from strangers. Online abuse may be part of abuse that is taking place in the real world (for example bullying or grooming). Or it may be that the abuse only happens online (for example persuading children to take part in sexual activity online).

Children can feel like there is no escape from online abuse – abusers can contact them at any time of the day or night, the abuse can come into safe places like their bedrooms, and images and videos can be stored and shared with other people.

The NSPCC Share Aware campaign provides lots of resources to help keep children safe online. Watch the videos below to find out more.

Be Share Aware Video

I Saw Your Willy Video

Lucy and the Boy

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection command (CEOP) allow you to report concerns if you're worried about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating online.

  • Kidscape - Parenting - Cyber Bullying and Online Safety

  • Chatdanger - A site all about the potential dangers on interactive services online like chat, IM, online games, email and on mobiles

  • Childnet - Childnet International’s mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children

  • Click Clever, Click Safe - Gives you a guide to help you enjoy the internet safely

  • CyberMentors - CyberMentors is all about young people helping and supporting each other online

  • Kidsmart - A great resource provides information on a variety of online resources to help keep you safe

  • Thinkuknow

Bullying and Cyberbullying +

Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone.

It can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally.

Bullying that happens online, using social networks, games and mobile phones, is often called cyberbullying. A child can feel like there’s no escape because it can happen wherever they are, at any time of day or night.

There were over 12,000 counselling sessions with young people who talked to Childline about online issues last year (2017).

Together for Children work with schools, young people, parents and any professionals to offer support, resources and inspiration to support the anti-bullying

  • Bully Free Zone - Is one of the leading peer support projects in Britain. The project aims to raise awareness of alternative ways of resolving conflicts and reducing bullying
  • Bullying UK - Provides help and reliable information on a variety of bullying issues

  • Kidscape -Provides useful information to help you combat bullying and keep safe

  • Red Balloon - For children who have been bullied, this centre will provide education and support
    (Tel: 01223 357714)

  • Safe Network - Safe Network, a project of the NSPCC and Children England was set up to help keep children safe when taking part in activities outside the home

  • The Anti Bullying Network - Information for tackling bullying within schools

  • NSPCC Bullying and Cyber Bullying Video

Young people - drugs and alcohol +

Maybe you or someone you know drinks or takes drugs. If someone you care about is drinking too much or taking drugs, you can talk to someone about it.

If you want to know more about the effects of drinking, see information on the Childline website.

Sunderland's Youth Drug and Alcohol Project (YDAP) offer specialist help, advice and support on alcohol and drug related matters for young people, parents and professionals.

People accessing this service must be under 18 years of age and live in the Sunderland area.

In order for a referral to be accepted, the person making the referral must have consent from the young person or parent. Referrals can also be made via the Strengthening Families team.

Targeted brief intervention (one to one or group work) directed at known experimental or recreational users of alcohol and or drugs and also those young people deemed to be at potentially heightened risk and vulnerability.

Who to contact?

Youth Drug and Alcohol Project (YDAP)

Telephone Main contact: 0191 5614000



Where to go?  176 High Street West, Sunderland, SR1 1UP

When is it on?  Monday to Friday from 08:30 until 17:15

Appointments are made to best meet the needs of the young person

If you would like to know more about certain substances, follow the links

Drink Aware

Talk to Frank

Other Useful links:

The C-Card scheme provides confidential sexual health advice and free condoms to anyone aged 13-24.

Live Life Well is a free service for people who live or work in Sunderland who would like support to change their lifestyle. We provide both advice and support to connect you to a range of opportunities across the city. We can:

  • Support you to make positive lifestyle changes
  • Help locate the best services to meet your needs and support you every step of the way
  • Provide local one to one support via our team of Live Life Well Co-ordinators 
  • Alcohol Concern has general advice and information about talking to young people about alcohol.
  • Alcohol and parenting [243.73KB] is a fact sheet from Alcohol Concern.
  • General information about alcohol and services available in Sunderland is available here.


You can also keep yourself safe by following this advice:

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Do not talk to strangers. image showing children young people staying together Walk to and from school in groups.
image asking you to accept rides Never accept a ride from strangers. image showing do not accept gifts from strangers Do not take gifts from people you do not know.
image showing child young person talking to carer Tell someone you trust if someone is making you feel uncomfortable. image displaying a phone Report all suspicious behaviour and "new adult friends" to Parents/ Carers.
image warning you not to take rides from strangers Never leave home without telling your parents/carers where you are going. image displaying chil young person shouting for help Shout loudly if someone is asking you to do something you are not happy about.
image warning you never to take shortcuts, stick to planned routes Never take shortcuts. Always stick to routes selected by parents, and stay on main roads. image showing children young people staying together If you go out with your friends make sure you stay together even if you fall out.

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