Children and young people

If you are worried about yourself or a friend's safety, health and wellbeing, you're in the right place!!

Worried about you or a friend?

Call the MASH team on 0161 770 7777

If you or your friend are in immediate danger call 999 and speak to the police


These pages are for children and young people looking for help, advice, support and information on a wide range of issues for themselves, brothers and sisters or friends. Scroll down the page to see all the issues covered.

There's lots of links to other pages and more information along with various organisations, charities, council and government departments who specialise in a variety of problems and concerns, from what to do if you are being bullied to information around forced marriage. Many of the issues overlap but we will endeavour to point you in the right direction.


Physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect

Click on the heading for information and help on physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect with where to go for support and guidance. But if you are being abused, in danger of being abused or think you may be in any way call and talk to the MASH team on 0161 770 7777, or do it for a friend.

Sexual abuse 

Click on the heading for information and help on the many forms of sexual abuse with where to go for support and guidance. But if you are being abused, in danger of being abused or think you may be in any way call and talk to the MASH team on 0161 770 7777, or do it for a friend.

This section contains information and links on Sexual abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, child trafficking, modern day slavery, grooming, and harmful sexual behaviour.

'The Underwear Rule'

As it can sometimes be very difficult to discuss issues surrounding child abuse, the NSPCC has launched a campaign designed to help parents talk to their children about keeping safe. More information can be found by visiting the NSPCC website


Domestic violence and abuse

What is domestic violence and abuse? Find out about domestic violence and how and where to get help for you, a friend, a brother or sister or even an adult. Click on the heading above for access to the information and links to lots of websites including 'End the Fear' website and the Oldham Council webpages, where support and guidance can be found.

Women's Aid in conjuction with Refuge have a 24hr. freephone number to phone:- 0808 2000 247.

Bullying and cyberbullying

Bullying can happen to anyone at any age, at school, at home, on the bus, in the street, online or on your mobile. Someone might  hit you or push you around, call you names or make fun of you and tease you. NO ONE has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad, and there is lots of help and advice out there especially for you or for your friend.

Talk to some one you trust if you are being bullied, contact -

Drugs and Alcohol 

Few social issues impact so comprehensively on society as substance misuse. Alarmingly, children and young people are increasingly misusing alcohol and illegal drugs. Consequences range from non-attendance and poor attainment at school, poor health, committing crime to support 'habits' and also increased risk of being a victim of violent crime and sexual exploitation.

There is lots of help, advice and support available for anyone. Click on the heading to be taken to specific pages and helpful links.

Keeping safe online

When you're online it's important to stay safe and make sure you don't share things that could put you in danger.


  1. Be careful what you share - If you wouldn't want your teachers or parents to see it, it's probably best not to post it. Because once it's online, it's out of your control!!
  2. Don't EVER meet people you don't know without a parent with you. Even if you get on with them online you never know who they really are!!!
  3. Don't use a simple password, use a complex one. It should be hard for other people to guess your password. Don't give it to anybody and change it occasionally


Click on the links to be taken to the Keeping Safe Online Page. This page contains info on your digital footprint, cyberbullying, inappropriate content, grooming, radicalisation and identity theft with a guide on how to stay safe.   Click on this link to be taken to the CEOP website



Health, wellbeing and safety 

Click on the heading to be taken to the pages about Healthy Relationships, Eating disorders, Self Harming, Suicide, and Bereavement. There is also a short guide to 'Staying Safe' including safety in the home, on the road and at night. Click here to look at what 'Early Help' can offer.


Running away from home

If you've run away, been forced to leave home, are thinking about it or are worried about someone, whatever the reasons for leaving home there is help available.  Link to the specialist page on running away from home



Are you being looked after by someone else ?

Private fostering is when a child under the age of 16 (under 18 if disabled) is cared for by someone who is not their parent or a 'close relative'. This is a private arrangement made between a parent and a carer, for 28 days or more. Close relatives are defined as step-parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, uncles or aunts. Click on the heading for more information.

Somebody Else's Child is a website specifically for children being cared for by a private foster carer and for the private foster carer as well

So called honour based violence

This issues covers a multitude of problems which are covered individually in the appropriate pages.

Click on the individual links to be taken to the pages.

Children’s Rights and Advocacy Service

Our role is to offer the Oldham children and young people who are Looked After within and outside of the borough, including those in foster care or residential homes, placed with parents/relatives, who are homeless or care leavers.

Our Advocates can speak up for children and young people to ensure their involvement in the decision making process, that their rights are respected and their views and wishes are heard and acted upon.  An Advocate can also attend meetings, help children/young people to make a complaint or to raise issues around contact, changes to care plans, placement moves or where a young person feels they are not being listened to.

Whereas, our Independent Visitors offer a support avenue for children and young people between 10-18 years of age who are Looked After.  An IV is a reliable, consistent and independent adult volunteer who visits the child or young person every two to four weeks at mutually convenient times. IVs provide a good, stable, role model, befriending and listening to the young person, for as long as both parties want it to continue. Together they can undertake a variety of activities, depending on the young person’s interests and age, helping them to engage in new experiences, share interests and hobbies and most of all to have fun!

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Worried about you or a friend? Call the MASH team 0161 770 7777



Information on Children and young people