Being safe is important. If you don’t feel safe it can make you feel unhappy or stop you doing things you enjoy. The
information here can help you make yourself and your friends safe. If you are worried about anything you should
talk about it to an adult.
The internet is a very easy way to keep in touch with friends but it can also be risky. For more information about
cyberbullying you take a look at the CEOP
Sexual exploitation can involve swapping sexual favours for drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and other presents. Or it may be having sex for money with several adults. Young people may feel they must have sex because an adult gives them something, or because they feel threatened or frightened.Some young people may want to have sex because they think the adult is their boyfriend or girlfriend. In reality they are being used for sex, and the ‘boyfriend’ or ‘girlfriend’ may pass them on to other people too. (Remember – sexual abusers can be women, as well as men.)
If you are worried about a young person or if you think you have been sexually exploited you should talk to an adult you trust straight away or you can call our Children’s Services Access and Referral Hub: 0300 300 8585. There are specialists in the team who can help stop the abuse.
Bullying can happen to anyone at any age. Being bullied can make your life miserable, but you don’t have to put up with it. If you are being bullied or harassed at school, tell your teacher; most schools have strict rules against bullying and harassment.
Central Bedfordshire's Local Safeguarding Childrens Board has useful information about keeping yourself safe.