Welcome to the Self Help Hub's guide to supporting services & resources - listed under this section A are resources supporting the following subject areas: Abduction, Abuse, Advocacy, ADHD, Alcohol, Alopecia, Anger, Anxiety, Asthma, Autism.  Click below to find more details. 

If you think a child has been abducted
Contact the police immediately.
Call 999 if you think they are in immediate danger. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergency SMS service

Otherwise call 101 or report a crime online.

Child Law Advice
The Child Law Advice Service provides legal advice and information on family, child and education law affecting children and families in England. This service is provided via this website packed with how to guides and information pages. 

LawStuff provides free legal information to children and young people.

Met Police Advice - Parental Child Abduction - link here to a prevention and reporting guide.

Reunite International Child Abduction Centre - 01162 556234
The leading UK charity specialising in international parental child abduction and the movement of children across international borders.

Operate the only telephone advice line in the UK offering practical, impartial advice, information and support to parents, family members and guardians who are involved in cases of international parental child abduction –  including those who have had their child abducted, or who may have abducted their child.



If you are in imminent danger and need the support of emergency services, please call 999.

If you are too scared to speak or make a noise, the Silent Solution system enables a 999 mobile caller to press 55 when prompted – to inform police they are in a genuine emergency.

Childline - 0800 1111
Childline is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help - online, on the phone, anytime. Watch this video to find out more about talking to Childline. 

Into the Light
An organisation providing counselling, information, support and resources for people who have experienced child sexual abuse and for those who support them.

One In Four
One in Four specialise in supporting childhood survivors and current survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, abuse and trauma and raising awareness of this challenging issue. They provide counselling, advocacy, resources (link here) and a helpline

NSPCC Dedicated Support Line ‘Report Abuse in Education’ 
0800 136 663,  help@nspcc.org.uk.  
A dedicated NSPCC Helpline 'Report Abuse in Education' for victims of sexual abuse to provide support, advice and onward action including contacting professionals or the police if they wish. The line is open to children, young people and adult victims of sexual abuse and can also provide support to parents and professionals too. 

Survivors' Gateway - London  
0808 801 0860
The London Survivors' Gateway offers victims and survivors of rape and sexual abuse aged 13+ help to access specialist services in London.  It provides information on what help is available after rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse or any form of sexual violence and offer support to access these services. They work with anyone aged 13 or above regardless of gender, sexuality, disability, language, ethnicity or immigration status.  If you are a survivor and would like to access their service, please complete an online self-referral form.

Victim Support
Emotional and practical support for anyone affected by a crime regardless of whether the crime has been reported to the police.

Free, confidential support 24/7, not only for those who experience it directly, but also their friends, family and any other people involved. It doesn’t matter when the crime took place – you can get our support at any time, and for however long you need us.

The Survivors Trust -
Helpline 08088 010 818
The Survivors Trust is the largest umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse services in the UK.
Find support services in your area in their directory (link here)

Women and Girls Network
0808 801 0660 
WGN are a free service run by women, for women in London who have been affected by all forms of violence and abuse.

Young Women's Service works to create safe and confidential spaces to get support. If you are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing any form of violence against women and girls (VAWG) contact WGN to get support. 

What is Advocacy?
Simply put, advocacy is about helping people speak for themselves and getting support from another person to help you express your views and wishes; it can help you to stand up for your rights.

An advocate is someone who helps you in this way, helping you to make decisions for yourself. 

Mencap support anyone with learning disabilities and although they do not offer an advocacy service if you contact their Learning Disability Helpline we may be able to put you in touch with someone who does.

MIND - Adult Advocacy Services (18+)
Read more about advocacy in mental health and hope it may support you at the MIND website. 

You can watch Mind's video about advocacy by clicking here.

NYAS - National Youth Advisory Service - free helpline 0808 808 1001
or help@nyas.net
NYAS champion and support the voices and rights of care experienced children and young people.Provides a wide range of support, advice and information including Helpline.  

A charity who provide information, advice, support and advocacy to people who experience disability, vulnerability, distress and social exclusion. POhWER's qualified professional advocates support children and young people in England through a range of services.

They work face to face with children and young people who are receiving treatment on a mental health unit - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Our CAMHS advocacy support is provided within both private and NHS hospitals across the country. Young people can refer themselves to the service or speak to the advocate during a regular drop in.

Voiceability - 0300 303 1660
Voiceability is an independent charity who support people to be heard in decisions about their health, care and wellbeing. They are one of the UK's largest providers of advocacy and involvement services.

You may also find it useful to look at other resources in the Directory including Learning Support. 

ADDISS 020 8952 2800. 
Provides people-friendly information and resources about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to anyone who needs assistance.

Digital and hard copy magazine on all aspects of ADHD and ADD.  Sign up for free email version and access to free webinars.

Additude: ADHD in Women - article about ADHD in women.

ADHD Foundation
The neurodiversity charity.

ADHD and Me -BBC 2 Horizon Documentary
In this BBC 2 Horizon documentary, comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner is on a personal mission to uncover the science of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), a condition which he has suspected he has. In this film he learns about the science of ADHD, goes for a diagnosis, and tries the drug methylphenidate (also known as Ritalin) for the first time - just before walking on stage.  RoryBremner describes how he sees the world, what helps him make connections that inform his comedy and how these ADHD-like thought processes can have a negative impact.

ADHD Alien create free comics about the daily struggle with ADHD including helpful graphics that explain symptoms and difficulties in fun, accessible, graphic form such as the image below (copyright ADHD Alien).

Royal College Of Psychiatrists - ADHD in Adults
Information about ADHD in adult
Young Minds
For information about ADHD and to download their guide for parents - click here.

'How To ADH', You Tube Channel:

How to Recognise ADHD in Girls

Adfam - 020 7553 7640
Support for people with a family member who takes drugs or alcohol, helping to find local support groups.

Al Anon Family Groups - 020 7403 0888
www.al-anonuk.org.uk.Confidential helpline and support for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking

Al Anon Helpline - 0800 0086 811
Free call, 7 days a week. 

Alateen is for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is part of Al-Anon.

Information and advice.

0300 123 1110
A confidential helpline for anyone concerned about their own or another's drinking.  They can help you to locate a local service.

DrugFam 0300 888 3853
Provides a seven day a week lifeline of safe, caring and professional support to families, friends, partners and significant others who are struggling to cope with a loved one’s addiction to drugs, alcohol or gambling. They also support those bereaved by drugs, alcohol, gambling and related causes.

Through a range of services, which also include education and awareness, they support families to break free from the cycle of addiction and rebuild their lives.

FRANK - 0800 776600 or text phone for hard of hearing to 0800 917 8765
'Honest information about drugs' - Talk to Frank for facts, support and confidential advice on drugs and alcohol.

NACOA - 0800 358 3456
National Association for Children of Alcoholics offers information, advice and support to children of any age of alcohol dependent parents. 

Talk About Alcohol
A site that is written and managed by a charity called The Alcohol Education Trust (AET).  The talkaboutalcohol.com site is designed to be used by young people in a classroom setting as part of PSHE lessons on alcohol.  It is designed mainly for Key stage 3 

We Are With You
Offer free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health - help for you, or if you are worried about someone else. Access an alcohol toolkit and other resources here.


Alopecia UK
Support, advice and practical information for anyone affected by alopecia.

Little Princess Trust
Wig requests - 01432 760060
General Enquiries - 01432 352359
The Little Princess Trust provides free real hair wigs to children and young people, up to 24 years, who have lost their own hair through cancer treatment or other conditions.

Male Survivors Network - Self Help Guide to Anger
Download this handy leaflet using link above to help you understand and manage anger.

Young Minds
To download the Young Minds' Guide to Anger for free - click here. To understand more about your triggers and why you feel angry, click here - it's the first step to figuring out what is causing it, and finding a way to make things better.    

Book recommendation:
The Secret Lives of Men - James Hawes

Author James Hawes is on a mission to help men to develop emotional fitness.  Described as a 'toolbox for men', it includes 50 practical tips to build emotional muscles, info' on what other men think and feel and tips on improving relationships. Order from Amazon here.

Anxiety UK08444 775 774 
Promotes the relief and rehabilitation of persons suffering from agoraphobia and associated anxiety disorders, phobias and conditions.

Anxiety UK have a special section on coping with concerns around Coronavirus here, including a series of webinars.

Anxiety Alliance0845 2967877 
(10am-10pm daily, local call charge). 
Anxiety Alliance is a charity dedicated to helping and supporting those suffering from anxiety. The telephone number can also be accessed overnight for guided relaxation.

Childline - Calmzone
A range of activities and tools including breathing exercises to help you feel better when you're feeling anxious, scared or sad.

Clear Fear
Clear Fear is an App to help you tackle anxiety by Stem 4 the teenage mental health charity - download the Clear Fear leaflet by using this link here.

Check out the app in the HYCS App Zone - link here. 

No Panic:
Youth Helpline for 13-20 year olds - 0330 606 1174 
or call recorded relaxation message for panic – 01952 680835 – 24 hours  
Charity providing information, support & care for those who experience anxiety, panic, phobia and OCD.

Qi Gong for Anxiety, Trauma Release and Recovery Video
Easy to follow exercise support video with Qi Gong practitioner Rosemary Biraghi. 

Triumph Over Phobia (TOP) UK - 01225 422705
 Charity for people with phobias or OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

The Site
Information and support for young people age 16+ – advice about sex, relationships, drugs, mental health, housing and employment.

Find An Apprenticeship
Search and apply for an apprenticeship in England using this link.

Fire It Up National Apprenticeship  Service - 08000 150 400
Twitter - @Apprenticeships or @FireItUp_Apps
Find out what you need to do to become an apprentice.  

Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Information
Check here to find out about new apprenticeship standards

A leading scientific training provider, CSR support apprenticeships in science and healthcare settings. Read more about their support for apprentices here. 

My Big Career
A charity dedicated to providing careers advice and support to young people, from disadvantaged backgrounds.  If you are aged 16-21 and would like to speak to someone about your educational or employment pathways such as help creating a good application for an an apprenticeship or creating a CV contact MyBigCareer - simply fill in a form on their website to request help - link here. 

Asthma UK - 0300 222 5800
Speak to an asthma expert nurse for free advice or visit the website for information.

If you are worried about Coronavirus - check out the Asthma UK website here.

Ambitious About Autism
National charity for children and young people with autism.  Downloadable support resources including Autism Toolkit.

Autism Matters - 18+ age group
Offers a range of support services for autistic adults (18+).

The leading UK research charity on autism with links to useful information such as managing anxiety.  They also have a section to support autistic people during the anxiety and uncertainty of coronavirus here.

I Support
01923 693 741 info@isupportbehaviour.com
A team of independent specialist Behaviour Analysts working to help create better lives for people with autism and/or a learning disability.  They work directly with families and services, empowering them to become the specialists.

The service is short-term, with a focus on creating a network of support around each person. They assess, develop and implement support plans, train and empower, and plan to withdraw upon agreement of all stakeholders.

National Autistic Society
0808 800 4104 autism helpline
National charity offering support, advice and information for anyone affected by Autism.

Vlogs, Blogs and Other Resources:

Ellen Jones
Ellen Jones is an award-winning campaigner who speaks and writes on  LGBTQ+ rights, mental health,  autism & gender.   Vlogs available on her website and YouTube channel including 'Q&A on learning I was autistic at 19'.

Understanding Autism Video