Do you think that you or someone you know are victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE)? CSE is a serious crime that affects thousands of children and young people in England every year. It has a devastating impact on young people and their families and should be a concern for everyone. It is largely a hidden crime, and raising awareness of this type of abuse is essential to preventing it and stopping it early when it does happen. Remember that there is always help available.
Relate Central and Northern Hertfordshire offers relationship counselling to individuals, couples and family groups. We talk honestly and openly and can support you with problems like family breakdown, problems at home, moving school or bullying.Counselling is free of charge to young people aged 13-19 at our Stevenage and Letchworth venues.
Fearless (www.fearless.org) is a website where you can access non-judgemental information and advice about crime and criminality. It's a safe place for people to give information about crime to the police 100% anonymously. It's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Are you aged 11-17? Do you and your friends spend time in the Borehamwood area? Look out for the YC Hertfordshire youth workers on Friday evenings from 4pm to 6pm. You can chat to the youth workers, get advice and support, and find out what’s happening in your area for young people. You'll also have the opportunity to have your say on local matters that affect you as well as organize activities that you and your friends will enjoy.
If you're aged 10 - 25 and living in Hertfordshire you can now access a free online counselling service called Kooth. We have trained counsellors available online 365 days of the year until 10pm. You can talk about any issues affecting you and there's also an anonymous forum so you can discuss things with people your age too.