Who you talk to will depend on what you are worried about and who the adult or other child is who is causing your worries. You can talk to:
It can sometimes be hard to tell someone else how you feel. You might feel embarrassed or worried about the person's reaction or what might happen next. Although it might be difficult, it is important to talk to someone. If the person you speak to does not take you seriously, speak to someone else. Many myths exist, so for the record:
Whoever you speak to should listen and decide the best way to help. Children's Social Care will probably need to share what you have said with someone else who has more experience of keeping children safe. It may take time to involve the necessary people and to decide the best action to take. You should be involved in any decisions as much as possible and told what will happen next.
Children's Social Care need to find out what happened and why. The most important thing to remember is that you've done nothing wrong. You're not in any kind of trouble. They want to see if you need our help.
When they've spoken to all the people they need to speak to, a decision will be made as to what should happen. It may be that nothing needs to happen. Or they may give your family some help and advice. Sometimes they need to call a meeting called a Child Protection Conference to make sure that the right people are ready to protect you and that the help is properly organised.
To speak to a social worker call 020 8871 6622. Outside of normal office hours (after 5pm weekdays or on weekends) call 020 8871 6000.