Useful websites

Internet Safety 
Information about how to stay safe while having fun online. 
www.thinkuknow.co.uk

BGIOK 
Information and advice for gay, lesbian, bisexual and unsure under twenty-fives. BGIOK is all about common sense, no nonsense advice and information, cutting through the stereotypes and bigotry, and helping young people feel better about their sexuality and about the person they are beyond that.
www.bgiok.org.uk

Alateen 
For young people, aged 12-20, who are affected by a problem drinker, i.e. friend or family member.  http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/ 020 7403 0888

Bullying Online
Is here to help you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can also email help@bullying.co.uk at any time.
www.bullying.co.uk

Teenage Health Freak 
The aim of the website is to provide accurate and reliable health information to teenagers in a contemporary, cringe-free, entertaining and informative way.
www.teenagehealthfreak.org

Talk to Frank 
Confidential, anonymous, discreet and well-informed advice and information on drugs, including alcohol and tobacco
www.talktofrank.com 0800 776600

For Young People 
24 hour free information line, providing confidential advice, emergency contraception and places and times of the Young Person’s & Sexual Health Clinic www.foryoungpeople.co.uk 0800 0728748

UK Youth Parliament 
UKYP provides opportunities for 11-18-year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change. Also provides a link to the Kent Youth Council website.
www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk 01622 814187

Childline
Free 24-hour confidential helpline for children and young people to call about any problem, at any time, day or night. Childline counsellors are there to help you find ways to sort things out. Worried about something and need some help. The site can help with loads of issues like abuse, bullying, exams, health issues, drugs and self harm. If there's something bad that's happening and the young person wants to know what to do, the site has useful message boards, as well as an agony aunt or they can talk confidentially with one of their advisors.
www.childline.org.uk 0800 1111

Eating Disorders Association 
Information and help on all aspects of eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia and binge eating.
www.b-eat.co.uk 0845 634 7650

Youth Access 
Youth Access is the national membership organisation for young people’s information, advice, counselling and support services (YIACS). 
www.youthaccess.org.uk 020 8772 9900

Young Minds 
Young minds is a website committed to improving the mental health of all children and young people. The website also has links relating to; giving advice, training and support for youngsters.
www.youngminds.org.uk 020 7336 8445

Teenage Girls Health  
This website provides a wide variety of information for young women to maintain their health and wellbeing. 
www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/TeenGirls

NHS West Kent Stop Smoking Service
The website provides information on the different options to help you quit and where you can access support. Find out if you have a young persons stop smoking adviser local to you by emailing us or calling us directly. 
www.smokefreewestkent.co.uk  e: smoking.westkent@nhs.net t: 01622 723836 twitter: www.twitter.com/smokefreepct

Young Carers 
Advice and information for young carers, including discussion board and relevant links.
www.youngcarers.net

Your local young carers’ project: 
Crossroads Young Carers
Unit 1A
Mereworth Business Centre
Danns lane
Wateringbury
ME18 5LW

Jan Hall  -  jan.hall@crossroadswestkent.org.uk
Tel 01622 817114 / 07906 019313

Teenage Boys Health 
This website provides a wide variety of information for young men to maintain their health and wellbeing. 
www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/TeenBoys
 

Teen Help 
Teen Help is an international, not-for-profit organisation that provides anonymous support and advice to anybody who needs it. They help users of all ages and from all walks of life, all around the world. The staff members are volunteers and they're here to listen and to give advice. Whether you're seeking help or you like to help others, Teen Help provides a friendly and safe environment for everyone to work together. The website provides several different ways that you can get advice and support. 
www.teenhelp.org

The Site 
TheSite.org is a place young people can check for advice, information and support on sex, relationships, drugs, drink, health, wellbeing, fitness, home, law, money, housing, legal information and more.
www.thesite.org

The Kenward Trust 
The Kenward Trust provide personalised therapeutic interventions and one to one support across a number of projects addressing drug and alcohol dependence and homelessness issues. 
www.kenwardtrust.org.uk

KCA Young Persons Service
Deliver innovative drug, alcohol and mental health services tailored to meet local needs.
w: www.kca.org.uk a: Mill House, Mill Street, Maidstone, ME15 6XH e: nick.hickmott@kca.org.uk or akay@kca.org.uk

Holding On - Letting Go
Holding On Letting Go is a charity that supports bereaved children, young people (6-16) and their families and carers in Kent and Medway who have experienced the death of an important person in their lives. 
www.holdingonlettinggo.org.uk

Slide Away
Slide Away offers a bereavement support service to children and young people in West Kent. It is not a counselling service, but offers young people the opportunity to manage their grief through a range of creative activities.
www.slideaway.org

Maidstone Youth Hub - InfoZone 
InfoZone is a drop-in centre for young people to get advice and information about drugs, sexual health, housing and benefits. 
a: 3 Palace Avenue, Maidstone, ME15 6NF  contact: John Knght  e: john.knight@kent.gov.uk  t: 01622 755044 m: 07920 526531

Family Matters 
If you have been subjected to sexual abuse and rape, one of your biggest challenges will be taking the decision to talk to someone. Family Matters know this can seem an enormous and daunting step and are a specialised charitable service provider of childhood sexual abuse and rape therapy in the country.
www.familymattersuk.org

Kidscape
Kidscape is committed to keeping children safe from abuse.
www.kidscape.org.uk

North Kent Women's Aid
Providing support and help with domestic abuse in Kent. 
www.nkwa.org.uk  24hr helpline - 0800 917 9948

Maidstone Mediation 
Maidstone Mediation helps people who are suffering due to conflict or dispute or the aftermath of incidents of crime.
www.maidstonemediation.co.uk

Young Lives Foundation 
The Young Lives Foundation provide a mentoring service for young people. 
www.ylf.org.uk

e-Safety Information for Parents and Carers
Please click here to view e-safety information for parents and carers compiled by Kent County Council's e-Safety Officer, Rebecca Avery. 

Vaping Daily
Please click here for information on teen smoking and the ways to identify if your child is smoking.

Addiction Resource
For information regarding addiction, please click here