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Safety, your rights and the law

Safety and law advice, including e-safety, bullying support, road safety and victims of crime.

Learn how to stay safe, whether at school, at home, online or while you're out and about. Build a general awareness of your own personal safety, the law and your rights.

Remember you can contact Childline (opens in a new window) about anything, as they offer free 24 hour confidential support and information if you need to speak to someone.

The Dorset Safeguarding Children Board's website (opens in a new window) also has a section for young people, where you can contact them if you're worried about something, feel unsafe or are worried about someone else.

Alternatively you can always speak to your teacher at school or go to your nearest youth advice and information centre to talk to someone face-to-face in confidence. Many youth centres will operate drop-in sessions or be happy to talk to you anytime if you have something you need to discuss.

Internet safety

The internet can be a great place to share information and socialise, but it can put you at risk.

Services to support you

There are several services that can offer advice about online risks:

Concerned about something online?

If you've got a concern, either:

If someone has acted in an inappropriate way with you, or to someone you know, report it on the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) website.

Report it on the CEOP website

Parents and carers

Find out more about the internet, how you can keep your child safe online or support them if they are in trouble online:

For more support, call the Safer Internet Helpline.

Bullying and peer pressure

Find out what you can do if you are being bullied and who can help you stop it happening again:

Find out how the Safe Schools and Community Team (SSCT) can help.

Road safety advice

See our Travel Dorset pages and make yourself aware of the risks when it comes to road safety and find useful advice and information, whether you're a pedestrian, driver or cyclist.

ARC Dorset

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, the  Sexual Assault Referral Centre (The Shores) in Dorset (opens in a new window) is here to support you. We help you deal with, and recover from, the emotional and physical side effects of the assault and can support you to report the incident to the police, but only if this is what you want to do.

The law and victims of crime

Find out about young people and the law and get advice if you're the victim of crime with these links:

Homelessness and housing

Homelessness and housing advice for young people, including runaways support.

Health and relationships

Information about keeping healthy and safe, including sexual health advice and where to find support if you need help.

Young people's rights

Know your rights as a young person and help make decisions that may help other young people.

Dorset Youth Offending Team

Dorset Youth Offending Team (YOT) provide services from prevention and youth justice to help stop young people offending. 

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