What is this all about?
Many children, young people and their families may sometimes have
problems that make them unhappy. Some of these problems are quite
normal and are part of growing up, however if they go on for a long
time and particularly if they leave children or the people that
they are close to feeling unable to cope then support is needed.
What sorts of problems?
There are many problems or worries children, young people and their
families may experience ranging from worries about relationships
to depressed moods and even suicidal thoughts. Often there are services
offering support and advice but people don’t always know that
they are available or how to get in touch with them. The sorts of
problems listed at ‘Help4kids’ are:
- Temper tantrums;
- Depressed mood;
- School truancy ;
- Deliberate self harm;
- Aggressive behaviour;
- Bed wetting;
- Inappropriate sexual behaviour (such as sexual abuse
or under age sex).
- Alcohol misuse;
- Eating problems;
- Antisocial behaviour (stealing or vandalising);
There is a range of different people and organisations that can
help with the problems listed above. This web site tells you how
to get in touch with them and what they can do to help. They will
not tell other people about your problems but there are very special
reasons why sometimes they might to such as when you have told them;
- Something that means you or someone else is in danger.
- That you or someone else is going to carry out a crime.
Apart from these times they will not tell anyone outside their
organisation what you have told them without your permission.
Who is this for?
This web site is for children, young people (aged up to 17 years),
their families and the professionals who want to find out about
the sorts of services that might be able to deal with their problems.
It is split into two different fields. One field is directed towards
children and their families and the other is directed at professionals.
How to use the information?
If you are a child, young person or a relative and are looking
for help with the sorts of problems or worries included in the list
above click on Help 4 Young People.
To search for an organisation simply choose the problem area that
applies to your situation. If you would prefer to search for details
of local GPs simply enter an area. Information that will be provided
- What types of problems the organisation works with;
- The ages of children and young people they deal with;
- What the organisation can do to help;
- How long people will have to wait for help.
It also provides information on how children, young people and
their families can recognise common symptoms related with some of
the problem areas. This website can also be used by professionals
by simply clicking Help 4 Professionals.
Information that will be accessed includes;
- Problems dealt with
- Types of intervention used;
- When to seek help;
- Services available;
- Waiting lists times
- Ages dealt with; and
- Expected outcomes.