If you are worried about your safety or concerned that you or a friend may be in danger, you can speak to someone on Solace’s Advice Line. Call 0808 802 5565 or follow this link to Get Help. If you are in immediate danger always call the police on 999.
Why might someone feel unsafe?
There are many reasons why young people can feel unsafe, and it’s important to know that you’re not alone. 1 in 5 teenagers have been physically abused by their boyfriends or girlfriends and one in three teenage girls has experienced some form of sexual violence from a partner . If you think you or a friend may be unsafe please reach out to our team to talk to someone.
If you do feel unsafe
If you would like support, Solace has experienced Youth Advocates who can work with you on a 1:1 basis to help you to learn more about what you’ve experienced and what you’re feeling. They will also support you to feel safe and plan for your future.
If you are:
- aged 11 – 19 (or up to 25 if you have a disability),
- live, work or study in Haringey or Islington, and
- have experienced, are currently experiencing or are at risk of experiencing any form of violence against women and girls (VAWG). These include domestic abuse, sexual violence, forced marriage, “honour” based violence, female genital mutilation and child sexual exploitation.
Then you can access support from our experienced Youth Advocates.
A Youth Advocate will meet with you initially to carry out a risk assessment, so they can decide about how best to support you. While they are professionals with a lot of knowledge and experience, you will lead this process. They will ask you what you want support with and allow their work to be guided by you.
You will both agree on a support plan together, and this will include 4 – 10 weeks of 1:1 sessions.
The sessions will build your self-esteem and confidence, and enable you to recognise the warning signs of violence, abuse and unhealthy relationships. They will give you practical tools and advice that you can take away and build on, and also refer you on to other support, such as mental health, if there is someone else who can better support you in another area.
If you think this support may be for you, then you can self-refer. Please contact Saša Onyango [email protected] or whatsapp/phone Saša Onyango on 07500 115761