In an emergency
If you – or someone you know – are in immediate danger, call the police on 999.
Children and young people
If you need to talk to someone, you can call Childline on 0800 1111.
This is a free and confidential 24-hour helpline where you can talk about anything that's worrying you.
Adults concerned about a child or young person
If you have concerns about a child's safety or welfare, call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000.
Support during lockdown
To speak to someone, ask your local authority for their Early Help service. You can find your local authority here. Then, search for Early Help or Family Support.
If it is difficult to find a service to help you, do call us for free on 0800 157 7015 until 31 March, and we will do our best to help.
If you’ve been affected by our recent advert
Our services to help children and young people affected by grief, loss and bereavement require a referral from health, social or education workers.
For urgent support, please contact one of the organisations listed below. Our practitioners suggest:
Support line: 0800 02 888 40 Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm)
Live Chat (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm)
Support line: 0800 1111 (7:30am–midnight from Monday to Friday, or from 9am–midnight at weekends)
Freephone National Helpline: 0808 808 1766 (Mon & Fri 9.30am - 5pm, Tues - Thurs 9.30am - 8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-2pm)
Support line: 0845 600 2227 (Mon-Thurs 9am-8pm, Fri 9am-4pm)
Barnardo’s Child Bereavement Service (NI service only)
Support line: 07867372711 or 07867 372711. Please note this is a Northern Ireland service only.
Beyond the Blue (Neath Port Talbot, South Wales postcode area only)
Referrals for Barnardo's Beyond the Blue service can be made through the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) 01639 686803 or by emailing [email protected] and are available to families who do not need support from Social Services. All referrals are passed to a weekly referral panel which will help make sure that families get support from the service that best meets their needs.
Support line: 0808 802 0111 (Mon-Fri 9am-9pm)
For information about local services to you, the Childhood Bereavement Network has a local support search function of their member organisations.
We run over 1000 services for children, families and young people all over the UK.
For some of these services you'll need somebody like a teacher or social worker to refer you.
If Barnardo’s doesn’t provide the service you need in your area, try contacting one of the following:
Housing and homelessness
Mental health support
If you suspect a child may be trafficked, call the Modern Slavery Helpline on 0800 012 1700.
If the child is in immediate danger phone 999 immediately and let the operator know that there is a potential that they are a trafficked child.