Central Bedfordshire Children in Care Council

Staying Safe

Being Safe
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.

Online Safety
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
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
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.

 

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Mind of My Own App   

Virtual Apps to stay in touch and help to protect children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

 The Mind of My Own App gives children and young people in Central Beds a voice and helps them to communicate and tell us how they feel about the support they are receiving and their wishes and feelings. Children and young people said they find speaking this way much easier. It can be translated into over 100 different languages.

The App is mainly used with children up to the age of 15. For more information please access the poster attached.Mind of My Own Information

Care Leaver AppThe Care Leaver App, which is free to download and includes information, advice and guidance for care leavers across a range of subjects including Benefits and Entitlements, Housing, Managing Money and Advocacy.

What else?

  • The App can be used without the need for an internet connection
  • Content within the App can be translated into several languages.
  • A directory of local and national services and organisations that can offer further help and support
  • Listings of local events, activities and meetings.
  • Events are searchable by keyword and date.
  • A contact page for the leaving care team, including any emergency contact details, and much more
  • Find the App by searching “Central Bedfordshire CLA”.
  • The App is for Care Leavers that are aged15 and over.

For details and support for both Apps, please call 0300 300 4992 or email cicc@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

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